John Sevier Middle School Student Journalists Capture National Awards

KINGSPORT, Tenn. – The National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA) has announced the winners of its fall contests, with John Sevier Middle School school newspaper, The Sequoyah Scribe, student journalists winning 1st and 2nd Place "Story of the Year" in the Junior High/Middle School category.
Claire Mooney's 1st place article was titled, "Major Teacher Staff Changes Strike Sevier Middle School" and 2nd place winner, Maddison Ball wrote the article, "Students Earn Minimum Grade of 60 Percent, Even for Missing Work."
"The work of these students shone brightly because they had the opportunity to freely investigate and write about issues that truly mattered to them,” said David Flanary, Sevier Middle School Social Studies Teacher & Journalism Adviser. “Their research and interviews were impeccable and I couldn't be prouder of their efforts."
In addition, Taishawna Davis earned an honorable mention with the article, "African American Students Report Unwanted Hair Touching."
Mooney, Ball, and Davis are now freshmen at Dobyns-Bennett High School.

The Sequoyah Scribe is the extracurricular journalism program at Sevier Middle School which produces student-written, student-designed, and student-led newspapers, yearbooks, social media, and a website.

The National Scholastic Press Association, based and incorporated in Minnesota as a non-profit educational association, provides journalism education services to students, teachers, media advisers and others throughout the United States and in other countries. It was founded in 1921.

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