Letters to the Editor

Our view: Honoring Huntley High School journalists

Congratulations to the student journalists at the Voice Online, Huntley High School’s online news site.

The Voice, which can be viewed at HuntleyVoice.com, recently was named a national Pacemaker finalist by the National Scholastic Press Association.

Just two Illinois high school newspapers were named finalists by NSPA this year, and just 31 nationally.

That’s quite an achievement, particularly since the Voice just went live in October.

The site is operated by students in journalism adviser and teacher Dennis Brown’s high school journalism class. There are 32 students in the class, and all of them participate, Brown said in a story that published in Sunday’s Northwest Herald.

Among the top editors are students Michael Geheren, who serves as editor-in-chief; Joe Cristo, managing online editor; and Holly Baldacci, Yazmin Dominguez and Kierra Renwick, online editors.

A review of the site Monday found an interesting mix of breaking news, general interest news stories, features and sports stories.

Student journalists even tackled the tough story of the recent resignation of the high school’s football coach, and put to rest rumors about his departure.

The Voice Online received about 600 page views a day, which is quite an accomplishment for a fledgling high school site.

“I’m so proud of these kids,” Brown told us for Sunday’s story. “Truly an amazing achievement, especially given that this is our first year online.”

We agree.

Brown and Geheren will attend the National High School Journalism Convention in Seattle on April 14, when the Pacemaker winners will be announced. We wish them the best of luck.

Note to readers: This editorial has been edited since its original publication to correct the web address of Huntley High School's online newspaper.

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