BY DEVIN HEFLIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
ORLANDO - The Orlando Times newspaper enters its eighteenth year in convening its High School Page Placement program, which allows students to produce a page of their schools’ news within The Orlando Times newspaper’s weekly Thursday editions.
In that period, school students have produced pages discussing each topic from politics, to the happenings on their campus, to the latest news of the nation.
“Seeing is believing, for some. When students are able to see their work received by an industry level press and printed for the masses they began to believe in their abilities.” Said Yvette Passmore, journalism teacher for Edgewater High School.
Edgewater, along with Lake Mary High School are two schools that have been participants of the program since its inception. “The High School Page program gave the staff at Edgewater High School that opportunity. The staff members were more motivated to report more stories and shoot more events after the first submission. They told family members and friends to look out for their work. They waited anxiously to receive their copy of The Orlando Times. Then we started the whole process over for the next issue.”
Passmore joins a host of instructors whose classes received medals for their participation in the 2016-2017 school year’s program.
“The High School Page Program is a wonderful example of a Civics lesson in action. Orange County Public Schools is thankful students get to spend a week immersed in the lawmaking process in our state. This shows how we achieve our mission of leading students to success with support and involvement of families and the community.” Said Dr. Barbara Jenkins, Orange County Public Schools’ Superintendent.
As students have returned to school across Central Florida for the 2017-2018 school year, The Orlando Times newspaper is proud to present the Back to School/ Stay in School Special Edition, which will offer strategies for student success, tips for test taking and the latest technology that students can use to improve classroom performance.
“Working with The Orlando Times newspaper’s High School Page Program was very rewarding for the students. For me, scheduling was easy and the staff at The Orlando Times were always helpful and there to answer questions. The students loved working on this project and knowing that the community outside the school would see their work was a great goal for them to work for.” Said Courtney Wagner, former advisor at Ocoee High School.
Likewise, through the High School Page Program, students are able to work alongside experienced graphic designers, who coach them should they need assistance in InDesign files or file transference.
“It was a great experience and exposure for budding journalists.” Said Passmore.
“LMHS Reflections Yearbook Staff, with Katie Lejeune as Editor in Chief, appreciates the opportunity to further their journalistic skills by designing a page for The Orlando Times.” Said Ellen Parker, yearbook teacher for Lake Minneola High School.
Lake Minneola High School participated in the 2015-2016 school year as well as the 2016-2017 school year.
“The publications students produce a 400-page yearbook and a quarterly magazine each year. However, having them work on pages for The Orlando Times provided them with an even greater professional experience. It was a wonderful learning experience for them and a fabulous opportunity for the community to see the many talents of the journalism students at West Orange High School. We look forward to creating many more pages!” said Kim Poor, West Orange High School.
The program was established in the year 2000 by the newspaper’s publisher, Dr. Calvin Collins Jr., after meeting with School Board Superintendents of Orange, Seminole, Osceola and Lake Counties first. The school systems agreed, and with additional permission of each school principal, began carrying the newspapers and The Orlando Times newspaper became the first African-American newspaper to circulate in the school system.
If your high school is interested in participating with The Orlando Times newspaper’s High School Page Placement program, please contact 407-841-3052 ext.10
The Orlando Times editorial staff salutes the work of last year’s participating schools: WEST ORANGE H.S, OAK RIDGE H.S., SEMINOLE H.S., LAKE MINNEOLA H.S., WEKIVA H.S., EDGEWATER H.S., LAKE MARY H.S., OCOEE H.S., CROOMS ACADEMY