The Franklin News-Post|
P. O. Box 250
310 Main Street, SW
Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
Monday, December 30, 2013
By STACEY HAIRSTON - Staff Writer
The Eagle, Franklin County High School's newspaper, was again tops in the state this year.
In October, the publication received a first-place award in the Virginia High School League's (VHSL) annual state high school competition for the second consecutive year.
The award was presented to the school's journalism program on Oct. 9.
"I'm really proud of this group of students," said faculty advisor Dave Campbell. "Not only are they interested in producing a professional product, they are also genuinely excited about journalism."
"Each year, we lose a good half of our staff due to graduation, schedule conflicts and attrition," he added. "Every year is a rebuilding year, so it is especially satisfying to see the students jump in with such enthusiasm and a desire to make this a top-notch publication."
In the spring, the newspaper staff submitted three issues from the 2012-13 school year, including December 2012, March 2013 and May 2013.
"It's great to see how all the staff came together to bring out some great newspapers," said Meredith Brubaker, editor of The Eagle. "It's nice to be able to take our product somewhere and see that it ranks up there with other schools."
Journalists from around the country, hired by the VHSL, critiqued and evaluated the submitted pieces and presented the first-place award and certificate to FCHS.
The newspaper was awarded national second place honors in May for the submission of its Homecoming edition to the American Scholastic Press Association (ASPA) annual contest. Campbell said it was the first time the newspaper had been entered into the national competition since 2000.
"The main reason we enter the contests is to get the critiques from the judges," said Campbell. "We use those to better ourselves and our publication."