The journalism students at Francis Howell North High recently received several awards and recognitions, including the George H. Gallup Award from Quill and Scroll – the International Honor Society for High School Journalists. They also earned All-American status from the National Scholastic Press Association and were named a Gold Crown Award winner by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association.
Head Media Advisor Aaron Manfull said the individuals on the staff at fhntoday.com and North Star, the school paper are typical high school students but they have the mindset of professionals.
“The students in the program work very hard,” Manfull said. “They know that the homework 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.”
While 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,” senior Heeral Patel said.
The students work to stay ahead of the game in the fast-paced journalism world and try to brainstorm new and creative ideas.
“People stay late. They work on a story all day to get it pushed out at the end,” senior Madi Shinault said.