In October 2022, we launched a new feature where we asked local high school students to give the community a peek into those hallowed halls by contributing articles about their schools’ unique traditions, achievements, programs, clubs, sports teams or events. For our first year, we were happy with the participation, and we were able to learn a good deal about the schools in the Acworth and Kennesaw areas.
Now that the school year has ended, we would like to thank the students — some who were on the newspaper or yearbook staff, some who just enjoy writing — who allowed us to publish their work in Around Acworth and Around Kennesaw. We hope you enjoyed seeing it in print as much as we enjoyed sharing your school with the community. And we also want to thank the teachers who took the time to submit students’ articles for this feature.
Congratulations, Harrison High School, for having the most contributors. Senior Jessalyn Reinhart (December 2022), juniors Wandi Hadebe (January 2023) and Aleea White (February 2023) and sophomore Madyson Meyer (April and May 2023) shared stories about their school’s junior varsity cheerleaders, National English Honor Society, student-run media class, extracurricular activities and Governor’s Honors Program, respectively, in Around Kennesaw this year.
North Cobb High School had two students send us articles. Senior Erinn Gardner contributed a piece about the Brain Food Club in November 2022, while junior Eladia Scott wrote about the return of the International Extravaganza in the June 2023 issue.
For Around Acworth, we received submissions from two Allatoona High School seniors. Kamran Padilla became our first contributor, with his article on homecoming traditions running in the October 2022 issue, and he submitted another piece on Turner’s Heroes for January 2023. Jayden Lopez shared tips on managing stress in the May 2023 edition.
To our seniors who have graduated, we wish you nothing but success in the future. To our young writers who are still in high school, we plan to continue our student-writer feature into the 2023-24 school year, and we sincerely hope you will contribute more articles about what’s happening on your campus in the coming months.
We also hope to gain a lot of new writers in the upcoming year, and we really would like to get Kennesaw Mountain High School on board. We know there are great things happening there, and we’d love to share them with the community. Newspaper and yearbook sponsors and journalism and English teachers, contact us at email@example.com for information on submitting your students’ work. We hope to hear from you soon!