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GLHS Scribes Earn Excellence in Journalism Awards

OCC Academic League/Jim McCann Award
GLHS students earn excellence in journalism awards

Four Gahanna Lincoln HS students, representing the school’s newspaper, The Lion's Roar, and the school’s yearbook, The PRIDE, were recently recognized as leaders in their school publications with the 2012 Ohio Capital Conference (OCC) Academic League/James L. McCann Excellence in Journalism Award.

The four student scribes (and photojournalist) are:

OCC Journalism 2012 Awardees
Pictured: l-r Pictured: Emily Rush, senior;
Michael Tobin, senior; and Luke Liston, junior

Say 'NO' to Censorship | Jenny Huynh | LHS Class of 2013
Jenny is a first-year reporter for The Lion's Roar newsmagazine. Adviser Deborah Muir said, "Jenny is one of our top reporters this year. She has proven to be especially strong in opinion writing. Jenny's articles are often the most talked about and popular ones for students to read in each issue. She is creative and works hard on both writing and designing her pages. I enjoy working with her on my staff, said Lion's Roar Staff Adviser Deborah Muir. Jenny is also involved in the GLHS Speech and Debate Club and enjoys writing, traveling, listening to music and laughing.

We Beat DeSales! | Luke Liston | LHS Class of 2013 
Luke is the Academics Section editor for The 2012 PRIDE Yearbook. Despite this being his first year on staff, Luke agreed to be a section editor after school started, and he now works as both a reporter and an editor. Advisers Sarah Ortman and Sherry Owens believe Luke's well-written sports story covering Gahanna's win over football powerhouse DeSales this year captured the excitement of the game through interviews with the principal, players and the head coach. "Luke is a natural leader and always wears a smile," Ortman said. Luke plays varsity baseball, volunteers with special ed students and is a member of FCA, Young Life and his church youth group. His goal is to attend Vanderbilt University and major in special education.

What A Girl Wants | Emily Rush | LHS Class of 2012
Emily is a reporter and second-year staff member of The Lion's Roar newsmagazine staff. She often writes feature and entertainment pieces. Emily also designs pages and sells ads. "The staff has come to depend on Emily a great deal, as her articles are widely read, and she is always helpful to the other staff members. Emily is a strong leader for our staff," said Lion's roar Adviser Deborah Muir. Emily plans to attend Olivet Nazarene University, majoring in Youth Ministry and Music. Her hobbies are writing and playing the guitar and clarinet.

Photo: Go Lions! | Michael Tobin | LHS Class of 2012
Michael Tobin is a second-year staff member and serves as The 2012 PRIDE Yearbook Clubs/Organizations Section Editor. Michael took all of the school's club photos this year. "Michael did an amazing job with the yearbook club photos. He arrived before school to set up all of his equipment and had all of the shots uploaded and placed in the 'Clubs' section of the book within days of taking them," said PRIDE Adviser Sarah Ortman. "He's an excellent photographer, and the staff is lucky to have him," Ortman added. In addition to his position on the yearbook staff, Michael works at Staples, plays varsity volleyball, has his own photography business and admits he is "obsessed" with Apple products. He plans to enroll in Columbus State University's photography program next year.

"There are few subjects in high school that provide such a true learning experience. The study of journalism fosters responsible citizenship through the study of ethics, constitutional rights and the law. Every day these students make decisions that impact their community," the OCC Academic League said in a statement. The event was held March 1, 2012 at Westerville Central HS.

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