|The Eagle gets high marks in state competition |
Staff Photo by Stacey Hairston:
Staff members of The Eagle, Franklin County High School’s school newspaper, are, front row from left, Sam Jones, Walker Coffey, Assistant Editor Meredith Brubaker and Editor Ayron Walker. In the middle row are Advisor Dave Campbell, Hannah Dowdy, Kelsey Leary, Kendall McMullen and James Moss. In the back row is Josephine Willeford.
Monday, October 15, 2012
By STACEY HAIRSTON - Staff Writer
The Eagle, Franklin County High School's newspaper, has received a first-place award in the Virginia High School League's (VHSL) annual state high school newspaper competition.
The award was presented to the school's journalism program on Oct. 3.
"We consistently received excellent marks in our ratings category," said Dave Campbell, faculty advisor.
In the spring of this year, the newspaper staff submitted three issues from their 2011-2012 school year.
Journalists from around the country, hired by the VHSL, critiqued and evaluated the submitted pieces and decided to present the first-place award to FCHS.
"This is the first time we have won first place in at least 10 to 15 years," said Campbell. "Actually, the first time to my knowledge."
The newspaper, which publishes six to eight issues during a school year, will submit pieces this spring for next year's competition.
"I am extremely proud," said Robbie Dooley, West Campus administrator. "After seeing the job they've done over the last couple of years, it was not a surprise to me. I was excited for them, but I knew they had gotten what they deserved. They have done an awesome job."
The young journalists now have a framed certificate in honor of their work.
"I was very proud that the paper won and happy that we got an award for it," said Ayron Walker, editor of The Eagle.
"It was very exciting to be recognized for all our hard work," said Assistant Editor Meredith Brubaker.