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Student News of Liberty High School


Just a Train Ride Away

Publications students attend the JEA/NSPA national spring convention held in Kansas City and are presented with the First Amendment Press Freedom Award

Every year JEA (Journalism Education Association) and NSPA (National Scholastic Press Association) join together to host a national convention twice a year: once in fall with the last one being Boston and once in spring with this year being in Kansas City.

The K.C. convention took place between April 4-6 and LHS publications brought eight students and two teachers. These eight students were: senior Liz Hayes, juniors Lilly Brown, Caitlin McDonnell, Amber Sethaler, sophomores Ella Quinney, Meghan Lynch, Sara Ruhl, and freshman Ellie Simon.

Senior Liz Hayes teaches a session about broadcast. (Caitlin McDonnell)

Although this convention was not as far as most, fewer people from the LHS Publications attended due to it being prom weekend.

The students hopped on the Amtrak to get to K.C. It took about five hours to get there.

“It was fun, but it was long and really hurt my back. I would rather drive because it’s easier,” Lynch said.

During this convention, one of the events students participated in was the trade show. This is a trade show where many companies and colleges provide information and give out tons of freebies. Sethaler played a small game and won a free Stanley, which she ended up giving away to Brown.

“I was honored I won the Stanley cup, I just did not need another one to add to my collection,” Sethaler said.

On Friday and Saturday, students went to various sessions where they learned about things to bring back to the program. Two students got to teach their own sessions. Brown taught a session about social media and Hayes taught a session about broadcast.

Students Ellie Simon, Meghan Lynch, Ella Quinney, and Sara Ruhl listen to classmate Lilly Brown’s session. (Caitlin McDonnell)

“Teaching at Kansas City was really cool, it was the the fourth time I got to teach at the the national conference and I was more confident this time,” Hayes said.

One of the awards LHS Publications won was the First Amendment Student Press Freedom Award.

“The award recognizes private and public high schools that actively support, teach and protect First Amendment rights and responsibilities of students and teachers, with an emphasis on student-run media where students make all final decisions of content,” according to JEA from their website.

“This was a big moment for our program because it was recognized for the first time nationally basically proving that we are a student-led program. Our editors, myself, and our principal had to show proof that freedom of press is evident in our program. Our students have free speech rights and understand the responsibility this has,” LHS Publications adviser Jonathan Hall said.

Students also attended many different competitions ranging from photography to writing that a few also got awards in.

Below are all the awards won during this conference.


Journalism Education Associations National Student Media Contest Awards

Ellie Simon- Excellent: Review Writing

Amber Sethaler- Honorable Mention: News Writing

Lilly Brown- Honorable Mention: Feature Writing

Meghan Lynch, Lilly Brown, Sara Ruhl, and Ella Quinney pose with their quiz bowl awards (Caitlin McDonnell)

Ella Quinney, Meghan Lynch, Sara Ruhl, and Lilly Brown- Top 8: Quiz Bowl

National Scholastic Press Association Awards

Henry Sartain and Zander Killian- 3rd Place: Broadcast feature news story

2022-2023 Yearbook Staff- 6th Place: Overall Yearbook 232-276 pager

LHS Today- 7th Place: Overall Website

Sydney Davis, Lilly Fister, Ella Pinz, Grace Richardson- 5th Place: Yearbook Design

Liz Hayes- 5th Place: Editorial Leadership

Anna Simms- 3rd Place: Photojournalism Sports

Anna Simms- 8th Place: Photojournalism Feature

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About the Contributors
Lilly Brown
Lilly Brown, Assistant Online Editor and Social Media Manager
Lilly Brown is the assistant editor of LHStoday.org and the social media manager. This is her second year in publications and in her junior year. She is also part of the swim team. After high school, Lilly plans on studying in digital marketing and eventually becoming a social media manager. Outside of school, you can find Lilly reading, hanging out with friends, going to the gym, shopping, or at work at the Renaud Center!

Liz Hayes
Liz Hayes, Editor-in-Chief of Broadcast Media
Liz Hayes is a senior and this is her fourth year in publications. She is the editor-in-chief of broadcast media where she produces “The Eagle’s Eye” as well as the livestream producer. She is also a reporter for the Talon yearbook and LHSToday. She enjoys listening to music and working on publications in her free time. Liz hopes to be a director for a living. Her dream school is NYU and she hopes to live in NYC during and after college.

Caitlin McDonnell
Caitlin McDonnell, Reporter
Caitlin McDonnell is a junior and this her first year in journalism. She loves photography and graphic design as well as writing stories. Outside of school she works at a retail store, Maurices, where she helps many different people with fashion. In the summer she works as a lifeguard at Twin Chimneys Pool. During her free time she loves hanging out with friends and family, reading, and taking many photos of nature and people. When she graduates she wants to be a photographer for various events. She hopes to succeed in journalism and learn more about photography for the future.

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