The Source receives an All- American Award

The 2012-2013 Source staff earns an All American ranking for the sixth year in a row from NSPA. Editor-in-chief Courtney Bourgoin is currently studying at Michigan State Universtiy. Managing Editor Soojin Chun is currently studying at Michigan. (photo by Caitlin Tanner)

The 2012-2013 Source staff earns an All American ranking for the sixth year in a row from NSPA. Editor-in-chief Courtney Bourgoin is currently studying at Michigan State Universtiy. Managing Editor Soojin Chun is currently studying at Michigan. (photo by Caitlin Tanner)

by Kara Blackburn

Our newspaper, The Source, has been given the All-American award for the sixth year in a row!

“It isn’t like only two schools are all-american, a good chunk of schools may be all american, but it does mean you are in the top-level nation-wide for student publications,” Journalism and English teacher Gayle Martin said.

The All-American award means that in every category (there are four) we received a very high score.We were evaluated by the NSPA, the National Scholastic Press Association. This award was given to last year’s newspaper staff, and it was presented to us in October, although we submitted our newspaper in June of 2013.

A large amount of schools across the U.S. sign up to be evaluated, but not all of them. Signing up to be evaluated by the NSPA is optional.

We are evaluated in four categories: writing, editing, editorial leadership (the relevance of the topics we choose), and design (overall design, graphics, and photographs).

“[Being evaluated] allows us to see how we can get better, it’s sort of like if you had a sports team and you never competed– you just kept playing and telling yourselves, yeah we’re good!” Martin said. “Until you actually put yourself up against someone else and see how you measure up, you really don’t know where your weaknesses are and where your strengths are.”

Martin hopes to earn a pacemaker, a national award, or a “sparty”, a state award.

“Why work on something so hard if you’re just going to be mediocre at it?” Martin said. ” Aim for something high.”

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