Emanuel Jalonschi Named Wave Sports Editor
The Wave announces this week the expansion of its sports pages, with Emanuel Jalonschi taking the helm as Sports Editor. Jalonschi, a native of Romania who came to the United States at age six, brings a wealth of knowledge and passion for sports that will spark new life into The Wave.
Raised in Ridgewood, Queens, Jalonschi was raised in a home with literary influences. His father was well-read, shaping Jalonschi into a young man with, as he puts it, a "versatile world view."
At a young age Jalonschi was reading great classical literature and he recalls wanting to be a writer as young as 12 or 13.
His love for literature stems from the ability to see different worlds without even leaving ones home. "You get certain experiences second hand," Jalonschi said.
When he wasn’t reading, Jalonschi loved to play sports. From as young as eight years old, he would be "shooting basketballs as big as my head."
His enthusiasm for writing and sports would converge as he entered college. Graduating from Brooklyn Technical High School, Jalonschi attended John Jay College in Manhattan. He dived into his academic work, majoring in political science and taking minors in English, history and philosophy.
In his freshman year he had a short stint on the college basketball team. It was actually his willingness to play with a bloody nose during tryouts that attracted the coach to Jalonschi.
"Basketball was a challenge," Jalonschi said. "If it isn’t easy I want to do it."
After a CUNY baseball coach spotted Jalonschi’s pitching talent, he switched to playing America’s favorite pastime. It was at this time that Jalonschi admits he "fell in love with organized sports." While on the baseball team, Jalonschi learned more about teamwork, became increasingly disciplined in all aspects of life, and improved his academics.
College also opened the opportunity for Jalonschi to write. He joined the John Jay Times, where he continues to serve as the sports and copy editor.
"Working for a college newspaper -- just like working for The Wave – is a privilege...to help people," Jalonschi said.
Completing his junior year at John Jay, the depth of this 21-year-old can be felt in his activities outside of writing and sports. Jalonschi has mastered almost 15 instruments, with guitar being his favorite. He also is a political activist, proclaiming proudly his "leftist leanings." He has worked with grassroots Democrats to increase voter registration and promote the candidacy of people such as Ralph Nader.
Jalonschi joins The Wave staff after living in the Rockaways for about a year. While looking for an apartment, he stumbled upon Rockaway.
He immediately noticed that Rockaway "oozes community." He said, "I love the way people connect with each other."
Jalonschi brings to The Wave more than talent...but tenacity. "I think I see opportunity more than others," Jalonschi said, referring to how his parents’ belief in America and hunger for opportunity has influenced him.
"Emanuel is a great addition to The Wave," said John McLoughlin, Managing Editor. "With Joan Ward George as our News Editor and Paula Montemorano as Associate Editor, I know The Wave is heading in a great direction. I am excited about the positive changes we are bringing to the paper and can’t thank the community enough for its continued support."
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