With encouragement and support from Spring Branch Middle School (SBMS) journalism and yearbook teacher Sara Boyle, two seventh-grade students, Aubrey Wilson and Grace Martin, submitted articles to the National Student Media Contest, competing against middle and high school students from around the country.
The submission fees were covered thanks to Boyle receiving funding from the J. Landon Short Mini Grant for Educators program in Spring Branch ISD.
Martin’s article received an honorable mention in the contest. The competitors were given facts and quotes about a fictional first day of school after the pandemic, and they each wrote a news-style story using the provided information.
“Grace was competing against high school students with years of experience on a newspaper or yearbook staff,” SBMS Principal Stefanie Spencer said. “There were 20 entries in the news writing contest and she was among the four chosen for an award.”
Wilson’s commentary article submission about social media regulation in the U.S. was well-written, too.
“She challenged herself with this category and probably wrote a better article than most adults could write on this topic,” Spencer said.
Congratulations to these budding media writers at Spring Branch Middle School, and to Ms. Boyle for Inspiring Minds and Shaping Lives.