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Tualatin High School's student newspaper takes top honors

The Wolf wins 'Best of Show' at Fall Press Day

FILE - A cover from The Wolf last school year, created by student illustrator Cara Flores. The Wolf, Tualatin High School's student newspaper, was awarded this year as 'Best of Show' at Fall Press Day.The Wolf, Tualatin High School's student newspaper, took home the first-place award as “Best of Show” at Fall Press Day in Eugene this Saturday.

The newspaper went up against other school papers from across the state in a judged competition at the University of Oregon. Newspaper advisor Lisa Lacy said it was the first time The Wolf won top honors at Fall Press Day, an annual Northwest Scholastic Press event that brings together middle and high school students and teachers throughout Oregon for activities, workshops and presentations about journalism.

“It was so exciting and just really wonderful to see,” said Lacy. She attended along with six of her students. “They were just floored by it and really excited.”

Senior Hazelle Lerum, who is in her second year as The Wolf's copy editor, accepted the award on behalf of the newspaper staff.

“It was incredible,” Lerum said. “And I'll say it was kind of unexpected. We were about to leave the award ceremony, but we were told there was going to be ice cream at the end of it, so we decided to stick around. And we won first place.”

At first, Lacy said it was surprising to win the award, but then she reconsidered.

“I'm not surprised,” she said. “These kids are awesome, and they just put their heart and soul into what they do. I'm just really proud of them.”

This year, The Wolf has 70 students on staff — so many that there are two classes for the newspaper, which Lacy admitted has been challenging at times.

“I think we've got most of the kinks worked out at this point,” she said.

In her sophomore year, Lerum was a staff writer for the paper, so she is now in her third and final year there.

“I really enjoy doing editing for it,” Lerum said. She's even considering editing as a career, perhaps for novels.

The Wolf publishes monthly. Its next issue is due out on Nov. 20.


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