Where They Are Now: Alison Bartel
September 27, 2018
Crimson Crier: What year did you graduate?
Alison Bartel: I graduated in 2011.
CC: What did you participate in while at SHS?
AB: I was a member of The Crimson Crier (of course!), varsity soccer, concert choir,
Spanish club, National Honors Society and SGA.
CC: What is your fondest memory of SHS?
AB: I loved dressing up for homecoming week and going to the Friday night football games.
CC: Where did you go to college? What was your major?
AB: I have a B.A. from The University of Mississippi in International Studies and Chinese
and an M.A. from George Washington University in Global Communications.
CC: Where do you currently live?
AB: I currently reside in Washington, DC.
CC: What is your current occupation?
AB: I am a Program Associate for Afghanistan and Asia Programs for Internews, an
international non-profit that believes information is the root solution to development
problems. In that vein, we train journalists, CSOs, activists, human rights defenders,
and citizens around the world to better and more safely share information with their
communities and amongst each other.
CC: Name the coolest thing that you have ever done relating to your career?
AB: I visited our office in Kabul, Afghanistan at the beginning of August. While I was there I
got to tour the offices of one of our partners, Salam Watandar. SW is an NPR-style
radio network across Afghanistan. I met with some of the women journalists working in
Kabul and got to hear some of the challenges they face.
CC: SHS is 60-years-old this year. What is your birthday message?
AB: It’s been 60 years in already?! Keep making north Alabama proud and beat Bob
CC: What advice would you give current SHS students?
AB: Don’t be afraid to step outside your comfort zone. It’s crucial to seek out new people
and experiences and grow personally to grow in your career.
CC: How do you feel SHS prepared you for the future?
AB: SHS was large and diverse enough to help me meet new people and try new things.
Working at the Crimson Crier gave me a better sense of connection to students I
otherwise wouldn’t have met with. Not all high schools can offer that.