There’s only one junior reporter on the Scholastic Kids Press team in all of Washington, and she’s based right here in Queen Anne.

“My mom knew this girl who was part of the Scholastic Press team, and I thought it was really cool,” said Zoe Adele Mirchandani, “and I looked at the website and I thought this was a really cool way to write stories about my community.”

Scholastic, known for its classroom magazine that’s been in circulation for the past 100 years, is celebrating its 20th anniversary of the award-winning Scholastic Kids Press, which recently announced the 50 reporters that will provide “news for kids, by kids” in 2019-20.

“I really like writing,” said Mirchandani, who attends Cascadia Elementary. “I just started liking it in fourth grade, because I had a really great writing teacher. He made writing fun.”

The 10-year-old Queen Anne resident lives with her parents, Nicole and Rishi Mirchandani, her sister, Asha, 8, and their cat Boo.

She moved to Queen Anne from New York when she was 4, she said, and one of her mom’s friends there has a daughter with the Scholastic Kids Press.

“I’m the only kid in Washington who’s ever gotten into Scholastics,” Mirchandani said, “so that’s pretty cool.”

In order to be considered, she had to write an essay about why she wanted to be a reporter for Scholastic, as well as a 400-word news article.

“I wrote my article about an organization called Leadership Tomorrow,” Mirchandani said.

Leadership Tomorrow was founded in 1982 by the chamber of commerce and United Way of King County to foster emerging leaders and enhance civic participation in addressing regional issues.

“I thought it was a really interesting program,” Mirchandani said. “My mom was part of it years ago, and I thought it was really interesting because it made her a better leader.”

Mirchandani is excited about the opportunity to write interesting local stories for Scholastic.

“I have some ideas about stories from our community, like interviewing some interesting athletes,” she said. “We have some interesting athletes and advocates in Queen Anne.”

Mirchandani also keeps busy with soccer and as a Girl Scout. She wants to eventually become a lawyer, she said, so she can help people who don’t always have a voice to defend themselves.

Look for her articles to appear online in the future, as well as in Scholastic magazines.

“You can either pitch or get assigned jobs from our editor,” Mirchandani said. “She’s pretty nice, and she gave me some pointers about how to interview people.”