Student newspaper staff at Nation Ford High School recognized for excellence

Special to the Fort Mill TimesJanuary 27, 2014 

Tallon staffers Ben Alwi, Caroline Welch, Julia Dooley, Rebecca Kim and Ben Etheredge work on the next edition (not pictured is staff member Peter Kamel).


  • Excellence in Scholastic Newspapers Award Winners – Nation Ford High School

    Fall 2013

    Ben Alwi – third in South Carolina ( Review Writing - Call of Duty: Ghost)

    Julia Dooley/ editor in chief and Rebecca Kim/assistant editor – second in South Carolina (staff editorial writing – School Security)

    Caroline Welch – first in South Carolina (News Feature Writing New School Security Policies)

    Peter Kamel – first in South Carolina (Advertising Design)

    Ben Etheredge – third in South Carolina (Sports Writing)

    Spring 2013

    Davy Kesey – first in Photography

    Tyler Niederhuth – second in Front Page Design

— Nation Ford High School students are excelling at journalism.

Staff members of The Talon, Nation Ford High School’s student newspaper, received multiple South Carolina Press Association Excellence in Scholastic Newspapers Awards earlier this month. The awards are designed to recognize efforts by individuals on newspaper staffs, according to the SCPA.

Julia Dooley, editor in chief of The Talon , and assistant editor Rebecca Kim placed second in staff editorial writing for their editorial on school security.

Dooley, a senior, said she is proud of the Fall 2013 staff, many of whom were new to The Talon.

“We all worked hard to put out the newspaper,” she said.

Kim, a sophomore, was happy to receive an award during her first year on the staff.

“It’s surprising,” she said.

Nation Ford junior Ben Etheredge placed third in South Carolina in sports writing .

“It’s definitely something to be proud of,” he said. “The Talon is the best newspaper in South Carolina.”

Etheredge said he hopes to major in broadcasting.

Caroline Welch, a junior, placed first for news feature writing.

“It means a lot,” she said. “This is what I want to do later in life.”

For freshman Ben Alwi, placing third in South Carolina in review writing for his review on the game “Call of Duty: Ghost,” solidified his interest in writing.

“I thought I wasn’t good at writing,” he said. “(The award) meant a lot.”

The Talon is published twice a semester.

Nation Ford journalism teacher Charles Walker said he is proud of his students.

“They took the initiative to research, report and write their own stories,” he said. “They represent our school in a very positive fashion.”

Walker said journalism students gain skills important in their education and later in life.

Students who study journalism typically have higher overall GPAs, score higher on the ACT and perform better in freshmen college English classes, according to the most recent study conducted by the Newspaper Association of America in 2008.

Nation Ford journalism students will be participating in the South Carolina Scholastic Press Association spring conference on April 22 in Columbia, Walker said.

For more information on the South Carolina Scholastic Press Association, go to

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