Sullivan said, “I was really excited to win along with Callie and Jess because a lot of work went into writing that article.”
The writers not only gave their point of view on the topic but also the administrators reactions in order to incorporate opinions from a variety of positions at Walpole High School.
Sullivan said, “We had to sift through survey results, interview multiple sources, and even go to a vape shop to interview the manager. I'm really proud we could pull it all together and get recognized.”
Although many writers for the Rebellion received awards, News Editor Emily Ball received the most recognition as she had two news stories and a bylined column awarded by the New England Scholastic Press Association.
“I am really impressed by the improvement in news writing by a number of students. Emily Ball’s leadership as news editor has definitely had an impact on her staff writers,” Cashman said.
In the Bylined Column category, Ball was recognized for her article, “Examining the effect of Class Labels on Student Performance."
“I felt really honored,” Ball said. “My column took a lot of work, including an experiment I conducted during school, so it is really rewarding to be recognized at a regional level.”
Ball was also awarded for two news stories surrounding important achievements of Walpole High nurse, Rachel Jackson, and Walpole Public Schools’ Nutrition Director, Maria Hall.
Through NESPA’s awards, Ball has been more motivated as a journalist in hopes to further her education while attending Providence College next year.
Emily was not the only news staff member to feel honored for her recognition at this event. After receiving an award for both a news story and a personality profile on Walpole High School Junior Javon Jackson, junior Caitlin Kahaly also appreciated the recognition.
“I was pleasantly surprised but very proud of myself,” Kahaly said.