By ELEANOR HEDGES DUROY, age 12

PHOTO: Justin Lamport
PHOTO: Justin Lamport

Eleanor Hedges Duroy: What made you want to write for IndyKids?

Justin Lamport: Before I wrote for IndyKids, I used to look at my dad’s New York Times newspapers. After a while, I decided that I wanted to write something similar to what I read in the Times. When I found IndyKids, I immediately joined it.

What inspires you to write?

What inspires me to write are certain issues in the world that I care about. It is almost like a call of duty to start putting my thoughts and ideas about these issues on paper.

Of the articles you’ve written for IndyKids, which is your favorite and why?

Of the pieces I’ve written for IndyKids, my favorite article is “The Power of Sugar.” It’s my favorite because I felt like I was making an important argument about how the sugar lobby has made it difficult for people to manage their sugar intake, leading to harmful health effects on the American population.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I mostly like to play soccer in my free time. Playing soccer runs in my family. My dad, grandfather, great-grandfather and great-great-grandfather were all great soccer players.

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?

If I could go anywhere in the world, I would go to any country where soccer is a major sport. Unfortunately, it’s not a big sport here. My favorite soccer club is Barcelona, so I’d love to visit Spain and watch a game there.