FHN Journalism Students Are Recognized for Work

Posted on 10/12/2018
FHN journalism staff on paper day


The journalism students at FHN are talented. They are driven. They are also some of the most decorated high school journalists in Missouri. At the end of each school year, the staff members of fhntoday.com and the North Star newspaper send their publications off to be critiqued by national organizations. This past year, the students again received a variety of awards and recognitions, including the George H. Gallup Award from Quill and Scroll, the International Honor Society for High School Journalists. In addition, they also earned All-American status from the National Scholastic Press Association, and were recently named a Gold Crown Award winner by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association.

The individuals on the staff at fhntoday.com and North Star are typical high school students, but they have the mindset of professionals. “The students in the program work very hard,” says head Media Advisor Aaron Manfull. “They know that the homework that they are doing day in and day out is not just going to a teacher, but it’s going out for the entire student body or, in the case of the web, the entire community.”

FHN journalism students work on North Star newspaperWhile the students are flattered by the awards, they particularly appreciate the critiques and feedback. “The awards help with knowing where we are and where we need to be,” says senior Heeral Patel. The students work to stay ahead of the game in the fast-paced journalism world and try to brainstorm new and creative ideas. If you visit the fhntoday.com website, you will see the impressive list of awards the staff has received over the years. “We’re carrying on the legacy almost because we have so many. It’s very cool. It’s like a little pat on the back,” says Patel.

It is evident that the students put a lot of time and effort into their work. “People stay late. They work on a story all day to get it pushed out at the end,” says senior Madi Shinault. They are also passionate about their work. “I just genuinely love doing stuff like this,” says Patel.  “You’re constantly learning about whatever your topic is. You’re learning about other people, other lifestyles.” With the dedication these journalism students put into the stories they tell, FHSD is excited to tell their story.

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