Shared from the 4/27/2019 Norwalk Reflector eEdition

Trucker Imprint earns 2nd place statewide rating


Norwalk High School sophomore Keeanne Steele poses with the draft lottery chart which determined the fate of young men eligible for the Vietnam War draft. The newspaper class visited the May 4 museum before attending the Ohio Scholastic Media Association state convention April 12.

The staff of the Trucker Imprint, Norwalk High School’s student newspaper, received a secondplace rating from the statewide Ohio Scholastic Media Association (OSMA) contest.

“Overall, the Trucker Imprint is informative, with the best interests of the school community at its core. The wide variety of coverage provides something for everyone,” the judges said in their evaluation.

Many of the students earned individual honors as well, including two seniors who earned superior ratings: Olivia Schaffer in the sports news category for her story “Swimmers Set Records” and Mascie Horner in the sports opinion category for her story “Saying Goodbye to Seniors.”

“I am proud of all of my newspaper students,” adviser Debbie Leffler said.

The awards were presented Friday evening at the annual OSMA state convention at Kent State University.

In the afternoon, students attended journalism workshops.

This was followed by an awards banquet featuring keynote speaker Mary Beth Tinker, plaintiff in the 1969 landmark Supreme Court decision that said neither students nor teachers “shed their constitutional rights to freedom of speech or expression at the schoolhouse gate.”

The cost of registration for the event was covered by a grant from the Norwalk City Schools endowment fund.

“I am grateful for this fund, which allowed my students to experience this educational, inspiring day,” Leffler said.

In addition to the journalism workshops and awards event, in the morning the 16 newspaper students toured the Kent State campus.

They also visited the May 4 museum and memorial, a historical record of that tumultuous time period and a tribute to the students who were killed by National Guardsmen during a protest on the Kent State campus in 1970.

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