CENTERBURG — Centerburg High School’s school newspaper, the Trojan Crier, has earned the rating of All-Ohio in the All-Newspaper competition held April 6 at the Ohio Scholastic Media Association State Convention at Kent State University. The Trojan Crier was one of only three publications in the state to receive the All-Ohio, and the only school paper in the small schools category to earn the honor. This is the third time the Trojan Crier has earned the All-Ohio in the 10 years it has participated in OSMA competition.
Individual Trojan Crier staff members and contributors also earned a total of 43 awards, led by Jake Stewart, who received a superior in non-editorial hand-drawn art, and Austin Gallogly, who received a first place in the newspaper design competition held at the convention. Bobbie Strickland came in second in the news category, and Melissa Layton earned a third place in the commentary category. The broadcast team of Reed Hensel, Hayden Hatcher, Lindsay Mapes and Allyson Kramer earned third-place status. Centerburg students earned 16 excellents and 21 honorable mentions in the pre-judged categories as well.
“Earning the All-Ohio shows how diligent our staff members have been in every area of journalism, from writing and editing to layout and design,” said advisor Karen Allen. “While it would be a thrill to receive this award in any year, it was even sweeter this year because the judges were so stingy. Only three publications in the state earned the All-Ohio, and the Trojan Crier was the only winner in the small schools category. Many people don’t realize just how many skills high school students have to develop and how much effort it takes to produce a top-notch newspaper. It’s a tremendous, real-life learning opportunity for them, and I’m so glad that they received this special recognition for all the work they have done.”
Centerburg students also had a role in the convention at large. Trojan Crier co-editor-in-chief Austin Gallogly and features editor Melissa Layton are the Region 5 representatives of the newly formed OSMA Student Board. They worked with other student leaders to develop two new sessions offered at the state convention, including a session on Editorial Leadership, which was conducted by the student board.
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