Two High School Students Win "Freedom of Speech" Writing Competition

Two HS Students win "Freedom of Speech" Writing Competition
Posted on 05/19/2015
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Congratulations to our two students pictured: Erin Martin (Newspaper Advisor), Alex Roller (Senior), Jessica Coyne (Senior), Sam Martino (Madison Society of Professional Journalists)

Each of the award-winning articles was published in the High School's March issue of "The Cat's Eye," Verona Area High School's student newspaper:
Article #1: "Am I Offending You Yet?" by Alex Roller
Article #2: "Are We Part of the Problem? Racial Tension at VAHS" by Jessica Coyne.

With personal freedoms being assaulted and abridged around the world, the Madison Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) sponsored a high school publication contest, Freedom Ring, to include editorial writing, video and editorial cartoon items.

The contest among Wisconsin high school newspapers was aimed at building awareness of the First Amendment of the U. S. Constitution. SPJ Madison invited students during the month of March to publish an editorial, essay, cartoon or prepare a video on the meaning of the First Amendment. SPJ's Madison chapter judged entries based on originality, expression of thought, creativity and impact of a message.

Sam Martino of the Madison Society of Professional Journalists shared, "Our goal is to promote journalism, free speech, First Amendment rights, and students' rights to seek the truth." He added that it's important to energize students to begin thinking about free speech and the freedoms we take for granted.

Congratulations to Alex and Jessica!


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