Great Journalism from America’s High Schools: First Finalists Are In!
Mia Quagliarello / December 14, 2015
It was a fantastic first month for our collaboration with the JEA, as we look to showcase the best high school journalism in the land. Twenty-six stories were submitted from schools that literally spanned the country—Florida, California, Massachusetts, Nevada, Maryland, Missouri and more. Our judges diligently read and scored all the November submissions, and now the magazine is updated with their top 10 picks of the month:
The judges’ overwhelming favorite this round was “High Way Driving: Newton Teens Increasingly Take on Roads under the Influence of Marijuana” by Dan Rosenzweig-Ziff, a student at Newton South High School in Newton, MA. The piece focuses on ‘sober’ designated drivers who don’t think twice about getting behind the wheel after getting high at parties on the weekend. According to Rosenzweig-Ziff’s unofficial 168-person survey of his peers, 87% of the school’s marijuana smokers do drive under the influence. The author examines these attitudes more closely and why they drastically differ from sentiments around drunk driving.
Don’t miss this story and others in the latest edition of Great Journalism from America’s High Schools.
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