Bear River High School’s 2011 yearbook staff recently received a First Class rating and Mark of Distinction from the National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA), a scholastic journalism organization based at the University of Minnesota. Now the award winning newspaper and journalism students have been invited to Seattle for a journalism convention sponsored by the National Scholastic Press Association and the Journalism Education Association. Teacher and class advisor Megan Ross say f some 5,000 students from around the country attend the conference with sessions for students to learn more about journalism, organizing and creating a better end product. Ross says the 7 member team is still raising funds for the 5 day trip.
“We’re still looking for additional help and support in getting the kids there. We’ll focus in on the important things regarding journalism and how to make the program better and it’s a really exciting time for the kids. So we’re always looking for help. If people would like to make a donation or help us out, that would be fantastic.”
Date of the conference is April 11-15. All facets of the Bear River yearbook were reviewed for the quality of concept, coverage, design, writing and photography. The Mark of Distinction was awarded for the yearbook’s concept, which celebrated the school’s twenty-fifth anniversary with the theme “25.” Throughout the yearbook 25 “facts from the past” highlighted key events from the school’s first year.