Paulene-Wendy Ntsame Assoumou has been named “Delta reporter of the year,” a new honor based upon dedication, quality, and accomplishment for the Delta newspaper and website.
Delta faculty adviser David L. Roberts said Wendy has been outstanding as an enthusiastic, creative, and diligent Delta reporter and writer for both fall 2011 and spring 2012 semesters.
Wendy recently won a first-place award in the Missouri College Media Association contest in the multimedia category, blending story, photos, and film.
“I have greatly relied on Wendy for news coverage and feature stories throughout the year,” Roberts said. She has written more than 25 stories for the newspaper and website this year. “She’s been wonderful to work with,” Roberts added.
Wendy was born on May 16, 1990 in Tours, France, the sixth of eight children to Gabonese parents, Brigitte Avomo Mve and Dr. Felicien Assoumou Akue. While the family’s ancestral hometown is Nkok-Ekie in Gabon (Africa), Wendy grew up in Rennes, France.
Her father is an orthopedic surgeon practicing in France and her mother, after teaching elementary school in Gabon, earned her master’s degree in Education Science in France.
Wendy graduated from Emile Zola (High School) in the Literature field. After spending one semester in Rennes Law School and at the age of 19, she left for the United States. She gained a basketball scholarship and started to study Mass Communication at Missouri Valley College.
Wendy said she has always been passionate about writing, but it is working for the Delta college student newspaper that strengthened her aspiration of being writer.
“The Pearl” by John Steinbeck remains as one of her favorite novels and Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie is her favorite author.
After she graduates, Wendy would like to pursue a master’s degree in Global Journalism at Orebro University (Sweden) or enter the Institute of Communication, Media and Journalism at Geneva University.
Wendy plans to write a collection of short stories inspired by her college experience in the United States, but also continue to travel around the world to improve her global knowledge and gather unforgettable memories.