Sevier Middle School Student Journalists Win International Awards

KINGSPORT, Tenn. – Honoring the world's best, Youth Journalism International (YJI) has named student journalists from John Sevier Middle School's student newspaper, The Sequoyah Scribe, international awardees. These prestigious awards from YJI are based on submissions from numerous countries across the world.

Now in its 13th year, YJI's annual international media contest recognizes student writing and reporting, art, photography, and multimedia skills in news, sports, opinion, and other categories published or broadcast in English during 2021 by non-professional student journalists, ages 19 years or younger. A panel of experienced judges evaluate the entries, which came from high schools and individuals from around the world who write for school papers, blogs, or other media.
"I am so proud of the students for their hard work and extraordinary accomplishments," said Dr. Kelli Seymour, Sevier Middle School Principal. "Mr. David Flanary's dedication and support of this program are remarkable. He and the students have worked together to create an amazing school newspaper that is unparalleled." 

Student journalists from Sevier Middle School captured 11 awards. Awards won by The Sequoyah Scribe include:
  • Maddison Ball - Finalist - Frank Keegan Award for News
  • Claire Mooney - First Place - In-Depth Reporting
  • Katelyn Burrell - Honorable Mention - In-Depth Reporting
  • Katelyn Burrell - First Place - Opinion Writing
  • Claire Mooney - Honorable Mention - Opinion Writing
  • Michael Fanning - Honorable Mention - General Review
  • Maggie Dunworth - Honorable Mention - News Photo
  • Katie Carmon - Honorable Mention - Sports News Story
  • Calli Venzon - Honorable Mention - Sports Opinion Writing
  • Adeline Lyttle - Honorable Mention - Photo Illustration
  • Taishawna Davis - Honorable Mention - Illustration
"This year, our newspaper was named Best Newspaper in the state by the Tennessee High School Press Association, as well as a  "Pacemaker" finalist by the National Scholastic Press Association," said David Flanary, The Sequoyah Scribe Advisor and Social Studies teacher. "Now, these international awards show that Sevier's student journalists are doing high-quality journalism that can stand shoulder to shoulder with any student publication globally. I am incredibly proud of each student involved with The Sequoyah Scribe."
Youth Journalism International (YJI) has been educating the next generation of news professionals and talented teens since 1984. Formally incorporated in 2007, it is a 501(c)(3) educational non-profit public charity. For more information about YJI, visit
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