By Sarah Harr
Attention all rising freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors! Do you like writing? Are you interested in what’s going on around campus? Are you looking for an extracurricular class for the upcoming school year?
Well, if you answered yes to any of the above, check out Newspaper class!
Newspaper is an elective taught by Mrs. Major during PAWS block. In this class, students are able to contribute to Foley High School’s online newspaper, Foley Lion’s Roar.
Not only do students contribute to the majority of the articles on Foley Lion’s Roar, but they also have free creative range when it comes to what they want to publish. As Mrs. Major often says, “Anything can be an article.” Articles regarding art, music, sports, clubs, classes, student life, alumni, participation, holidays, opinions, and the community tend to be fairly popular.
By taking newspaper class, students are also able to develop lifelong skills such as editing and peer-editing, proper grammar, vocabulary expansion, sentence structure, and other writing techniques. Your English teachers will be thrilled!
I have been a member of the newspaper staff for three years, and I believe it has prepared me for a possible career in part-time journalism. I have been able to establish my own “writing voice” through newspaper, and I have grown more comfortable with expressing my opinions through well-written paragraphs. I have also enjoyed reading other students’ works; with that in mind, I hope to see more talented young writers in the future.
I am not the only one who is advocating for newspaper; if you are still having doubts, why not check out some other students’ responses?
“This class has given me a purpose. It allows me to put myself out there without any stress. Plus, I have a pretty awesome teacher.” -Alyssa Aligood
“This class helped me put my sports writing to good use. I enjoy writing about Lion’s athletics. My dream is to become involved in some form of sports media, and this definitely helped.” -Zachary Sizemore
“This class has helped me to improve my writing skills and expand my vocabulary to extraordinary lengths. It allowed me to write about whatever I wished to and made me happy to know that people have read my articles. I also have an amazing teacher who taught me all about the class and a few amazing friends I made along the way.” -Cheyenne Underwood
If you would like to be a part of the newspaper staff next year, please contact Mrs. Major in Room 500 or talk to your counselor.