|The school newspaper wins second place in competition|
Staff Photo by Stacey Hairston:
Staff members of “The Eagle,” Franklin County High School’s school newspaper, are (front row from left) Editor Ayron Walker, Assistant Editor Meredith Brubaker and Payton Owen. The second row includes Elizabeth Sink, Kelsey Leary and Kelly Witcher. The third row includes Hannah Dowdy, Zack Pagans and Erica Haynes. Standing in the back are Advisor Dave Campbell, Matthew Schreier and Claire Mitzel. Not pictured is Taylor Brabson.
Monday, May 6, 2013
By STACEY HAIRSTON - Staff Writer
"The Eagle," Franklin County High School's newspaper, has been awarded national second place honors in the Virginia High School League's (VHSL) annual school newspaper competition.
The school's journalism students, under the instruction of Dave Campbell, submitted two examples of their paper to the American Scholastic Press Association (ASPA) for consideration, and recently received the news of their win.
"This is the first time since the year 2000 that the journalism program has even entered this contest," said Campbell.
The newspaper was entered in the contest mainly for the critiques, Campbell said. The ASPA sends back suggestions for the journalism program to consider in an effort to improve their paper.
"I didn't want external validation to drive the students, but if we can improve, that is great," he said. "It just makes the paper better."
The newspaper received a first-place award in the state competition last October, and entered its Homecoming issue into the contest shortly after that.
Journalists from around the country, hired by the VHSL, critiqued and evaluated the submitted pieces and decided to present the second-place award to FCHS.
"I was very surprised," said Meredith Brubaker, assistant editor of The Eagle. "To win at the state level was cool, but winning at the national level was so unexpected."
"I am extremely proud of these students, but not at all surprised," said Robbie Dooley, West Campus administrator. "They take great pride in the product they put out for people to read. They are getting the accolades they deserve."
"Mr. Campbell has done a great job letting them gain the experience of being a reporter," Dooley added.
The Eagle, which publishes two to three issues per semester, will submit pieces this spring for next year's competition.
Campbell served as an intern at "The Franklin News-Post" while he was a high school student himself, he said.