A day in the life of a Baler student-athlete: Kaiya Dickens

The video series illustrates what it means to be a student-athlete at San Benito High School.

This video was produced by San Benito High School seniors, Julia Hicks and Kaiya Dickens.


Kaiya Dickens is a senior at San Benito High School, and a softball and basketball athlete. In the video, she shares a typical day in her life.

Dickens will be attending Monterey Peninsula College where she plans to join the softball and basketball team. She is undecided on her major.

Photo courtesy of Kaiya Dickens.
Photo courtesy of Kaiya Dickens.

“Being a student-athlete at SBHS has allowed me to make life-long friends and prepare myself to compete at the next level,” Dickens said. “It has also taught me useful skills and given me something to always look forward to.”

The video, part of a ten-part series, was produced by Julia Hicks, a senior at San Benito High School and a participant in BenitoLink’s internship program. She provided suggestions to athletes on what they should focus their video on and then edited the videos on her cell phone with a simple application. Hicks is a track and field athlete and co-editor in chief of the school yearbook.

Hicks will be attending the Honors College at Boise State University this fall and plans on majoring in criminal justice with a minor in journalism.

Following a summer and fall internship with BenitoLink in 2020, she produced the videos that feature Baler athletes from different sports as an extension of  her yearbook class and as a way to get student-athletes motivated during quarantine. She said the overall goal of the series is to illustrate what it means to be a student athlete at San Benito High School.


The BenitoLink Internship Program is a paid, skill building program that prepares local youth for a professional career. This program is supported by Monterey Peninsula Foundation AT&T Golf Tour, United Way, Taylor Farms and the Emma Bowen Foundation.



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Noe Magaña

Noe Magaña is BenitoLink Co-Editor and Content Manager. He joined BenitoLink as reporter intern and was soon brought on staff as a BenitoLink reporter. He also experiments with videography and photography. He is a San Benito High School alumnus with a bachelor's in journalism from San Jose State and a Liberal Arts Associate's Degree from Gavilan College. Noe also attended San Jose City College and was the managing editor for the City College Times, the school's newspaper. He was a reporter and later a copy editor for San Jose State's Spartan Daily. He is a USC Center for Health Journalism 2020 California Fellow.