The Edmond Sun


June 17, 2014

Edmond’s Ruff Draft wins Sweepstakes at OSM

EDMOND — Although this is not the first time the Edmond schools’ newspaper — the Ruff Draft —  has taken top honors at the Oklahoma Scholastic Media Spring Media Monday held on the University of Oklahoma campus, this is a first-time win for the three advisors at the local high schools.

Ruff Draft is the result of the combined efforts of students at all three area high schools including: Ashley Spencer, North High School adviser; Mike Morgan, Santa Fe High School adviser and Christy Nieves, Memorial High School adviser and coordinator for the three schools.

“I am so proud of how the students took ownership of their paper and made it something that stands on its own in the state,” Nieves said. “They took it on themselves to do more edits and they took it on themselves to deal with topics the students are involved with daily.”

Nieves said her job was made easier because of the outstanding advisors at the other two schools. They each had a great relationship with their staffs which in turn made the advisors’ jobs easier.

Oklahoma Scholastic Media runs the program in cooperation with the OU School of Journalism.

The newspaper, written and published by all three high schools, won state.

“To break it down, we were awarded Highest Honors, All-Oklahoman and then the Sweepstakes Award which means we are the top high school paper in the state of Oklahoma in Class 5A and 6A,” Nieves said.

Individually, the Edmond students competed in 19 events and had students place from each school.

Nieves said, “Aaron VanSteinberg’s e-cigarette article pushed the envlope and Mikaleh Offerman’s story, ‘Not every student has Smart Phones’ offered a different viewpoint to the students’ side of technology in the classroom.”

North’s and Memorial’s literary magazines both placed, with Memorial’s Broken Barriers winning Sweepstakes and North’s The Vanguard Literary Magazine         winning Highest Honors.

Memorial student Aaron VanSteinberg was elected president of the student journalism organization for the state of Oklahoma, running against four other candidates from various schools.

The newspaper is published by The Edmond Sun.

OSM began as Oklahoma Interscholastic Press Association in 1916 with the name changing in early 2000. OSM runs the program in cooperation with the OU School of Journalism.

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