November 8, 2013 / 2013 Fall JEA/NSPA / News

Start getting to know the 50 Scholars

Written by Evan Blackwell, CJE

Once again this year, Walsworth Yearbooks is partnering with NSPA and JEA to sponsor the 50 Scholars program at next week’s Fall National High School Journalism Convention in Boston.

Over the next week, we’ll try to give you a closer look at some of this fall’s scholarship winners and all the fun and learning that will go on at the convention with Q&A’s, articles and videos.

Here’s a start – Q&A’s with Emily Radford and Meghan O’Regan, two of the scholarship winners from Londonderry High School in Londonderry, N.H.

Emily Radford

Q: What are you most looking forward to about the convention in Boston?

A: I feel that this will be an amazing opportunity to meet those at a similar learning level as me, and I really cannot wait to meet new journalists and bounce ideas and designs off of each other. I’m used to the 15 editors on our staff, and the opportunity to meet others outside of my comfort zone of our few school editors excites me, and I hope I’ll gain skills and ideas from the high school journalists, as well as the convention in itself.

Q: What was your reaction upon learning you were a scholarship winner?

A: I honestly did not expect to receive a scholarship, but upon receiving one I was ecstatic. This scholarship not only lessened the financial burden of the trip, but I felt accomplished to be one of the selected 50.

Q: Are you planning on pursuing a career in journalism?

A: Journalism is certainly an option for my future. I love the feeling of being able to express myself through my writing, because I feel that I cannot verbally express myself all the time.

Meghan O’Regan

Q: What was your reaction upon learning you were a scholarship winner?

A: I was thrilled to learn that I was a scholarship winner because it showed to me that I deserve to be attending this convention and that NSPA is helping those who are trying to save money.

Q: What do you like about being on publications staff?

A: My favorite thing about being on publication staff is the second-family type environment. I can trust every single one of my staff members, and I know that they feel the same way towards me.

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Evan Blackwell, CJE

Evan Blackwell, CJE, is the Marketing Automation Supervisor for Walsworth. He's been a writer, editor and web content specialist for Walsworth for the past 15+ years, and is the author of the Yearbook Suite's "The Art of the Interview" unit. Prior to joining Walsworth, Blackwell spent five years as an award-winning newspaper and magazine journalist. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Kansas.