Photo submitted Members of the RHS newspaper staff recently attended an awards ceremony at Western Kentucky Univsersity.

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Members of the RHS newspaper staff recently attended an awards ceremony at Western Kentucky Univsersity.

For the NDL

On the morning of March 1, the Paw Print student newspaper students headed off to Western Kentucky University for an awards ceremony honoring high school journalists.

English teacher and originator of the Russellville High School newspaper team, Mrs. Jennifer Howard, submitted work from multiple students to the Mark of Excellence Competition. Some of the categories ranged from feature story, photojournalism, best newspaper format, and numerous more. Newspaper teams from other high schools attended as well. The day began with a tour of the college's Journalism departments: on-screen broadcasting, film, photography, and the college newspaper, The Herald.

Once the expedition ended, all the different schools assembled in the auditorium for a lecture from the keynote speaker. Tim Broekema, journalism professor at WKU inspired the teen journalist to pursue the unknown. Renowned photojournalist, Jonathan Woods, even made a guest appearance via video chat while in the process of fixing an intricate camera that would be used by NASA in the matter of a few hours. After the stirring lecture, the awards ceremony commenced. T

he Paw Print, in its first year of establishment, entered the competition not only to be eligible for the awards but also for the constructive criticism that came back with each submission. Although the Paw Print didn't win any awards, the students came back to school with a strong idea of how to ameliorate their works moving forward.