Weaver High School Journalism & Media Academy Students Earn National Recognition for their Articles.

SPOTLIGHT on EXCELLENCE     Issue 20     November 26, 2012

 

Weaver High School Journalism & Media Academy Students Earn National Recognition for their Articles.

Hartford's Journalism & Media Academy students Daquasha Miller and Shamoya Hanson recently received High School Journalism (HSJ) honors for news articles they published in the November issue of Teens Today– the school's online newspaper.

Daquasha Miller's article, 'Teen Sneaker Trend Can Be Costly' was chosen for HSJ.org's National Edition the week of Nov. 12.  To see it, please go to http://my.hsj.org/nationaledition or to JMA's Teens Today page at http://my.hsj.org/Schools/Newspaper/tabid/100/view/frontpage/newspaperid/3463/Default.aspx.

The article is about teen obsession with trendy sneakers and how much students are willing to pay every few months for a new pair.

"I feel really proud of myself that  my story went national," Miller said.  "It was a lot of work , researching and interviewing, but I did it."

JMA English teacher and advisor of Teens Today Kellie Wagner said Miller was "a natural."

"Daquasha did everything I asked her to do to write a good news story," Wagner said.  " She not only met deadline with a great piece but her story was picked up within three days of it being put on the online newspaper."

Wagner said in the three short years the school has had an online newspaper, 11 students have earned national recognition for their writing, and two international awards.

A second JMA student, Shamoya Hanson had her online newspaper story "go national." 

Her story was titled "Immigrant Students Often Left Behind" and it was about students who move to America and are at a disadvantage because no classes in English are offered for them.

Congratulations to the students and educators at JMA!

Daquasha Miller of JMA.

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