Local journalist lands 5th national magazine story…and she’s 15

JACKSON HOLE, WYO – Buckrail should have hired this journo hotshot when we had a chance. Likely Mia Fishman has priced herself out of our local market as a writer.

The 15-year-old Jackson local has just been featured in Sports Illustrated Kids September issue—her fifth nationally published piece to date—for a stellar article on school mascots.

Fishman’s piece explored a veritable zoology of college animal mascots that inspire their team’s followers. From Colorado’s Ralphie the 12-year-old bison, to the 4-year-old longhorn named Bevo at Texas, to Temple University’s fierce-looking owl named Stella—Fishman rounded out some of the best known and less known live animal mascots (Did you know there are more than 65 critters in use across the nation?) galloping, trotting, and flying around football fields everywhere.

The two-page spread highlighted USC’s Traveler—a horse that has to be rock solid calm with his Trojan rider in front of 90,000 screaming fans on Saturday, as well as Georgia’s symbolic and huggable UGA—a 62-lb English bulldog who is a mild-mannered family pet in Savannah all week until it’s time to don the uniform and head to Athens for a big SEC showdown.

Cool article from an up-and-comer who also holds down a weekend job as team manager for the Jackson Broncs varsity and JV football teams, all in addition to her duties as a high school student.

Two-page spread by Jackson’s Mia Fishman appears in September’s issue of SI Kids. (Courtesy Sports Illustrated Kids)

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