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Seven Sevier Middle journalists win international awards

Staff reports • May 17, 2020 at 1:45 PM

KINGSPORT — Honoring the world’s best, Youth Journalism International (YJI) has named student journalists from Sevier Middle School’s student newspaper, the Sequoyah Scribe, international awardees. These awards from YJI are based on submissions from countries across the world.

Now in its 11th year, YJI’s annual international media contest recognizes student writing and reporting, art, photography and multimedia skills in news, sports, opinion and other categories published or broadcast in 2019 by student journalists, age 19 or younger. A panel of judges evaluates the entries, which came from high schools and individuals who write for school papers, blogs, or other media.

“We are so proud of the students,” Sevier Middle Principal Holly Flora said. “The Sequoyah Scribe continues to receive national recognition among high school competitors. Sequoyah Scribe sponsor David Flanary and his students pour countless and dedicated hours into a thoughtful and quality publication that continues to make our Warrior family proud.”

Student journalists from Sevier captured eight awards:

Ella Miller, Jacinta Marie Bunnell Award for Commentary: Finalist for “A Wall on the Southern Border Is the Wrong Policy”

Ella Miller, Feature Writing, Individual Reporting: First place for “Music Parodies of Historical Events Help Students Learn the Importance of History”

Chloe McConnell, Feature Writing: Honorable mention for “World Health Organization declares gaming addiction a health disorder”

Aubree Pucket, News Story, Individual Reporting: First place for “KCS Discovers Lead in Water Fountains”

Gracie Flanary, Photography, Photo Illustration: First place for “New books?”

ShayLeigh Honaker, Photography, Photo Illustration: Second place for “Raining Money”

Micah Maynard, Profile: First place for “Student Looks Back on Brush with Plague”

Camille Carter, Sports Opinion: First place for “School Spirit Is About More Than Just Making Noise”

“After winning state honors from the Tennessee High School Press Association, as well as the Pacemaker award from the National Scholastic Press Association this school year, these awards clearly show that Sevier’s student journalists are creating a high-quality newspaper,” said Flanary, the Scribe advisor and a social studies teacher.

“I am incredibly proud of each student involved with the Sequoyah Scribe. From the border wall to video game addiction, they have taken on the challenge to seek the truth and report it.”

YJI has been educating the next generation of news professionals and talented teens since 1984. Formally incorporated in 2007, it is a 501(c)(3) educational, nonprofit public charity. For more information about YJI, go online to youthjournalism.org.

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