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Spreading Panther pride and learning life skills: East Duplin High School students take on journalism

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As we continue to put the spotlight on area schools off the field, we find some creative ways they are spreading Panther Pride through East Duplin High while learning some important life skills.

Journalism is alive and well inside East Duplin High School. A group of more than 20 students is on a mission to keep everyone in the school informed and involved.

Jamesan Blizzard and Addison Tuck, both seniors, explained their efforts in the classroom, "It goes so much deeper than the hour and 35 minutes we put in the classroom. We make presentations to incorporate new ideas to our school. We just painted our senior parking spots; that was one of our new things. We'll make prom decorations, make videos, anything to support our school. "

It all starts with the yearbook.

We do interviews and ask questions
Our job is to capture the moments that happen in East Duplin history

Katy Hunter, English Teacher and Journalism Advisor at East Duplin High School explained the curriculum, "At its core, our curriculum builds the yearbook and teaches them a little bit about photography and journalism and gives them some of those skills. We tend to draw student leaders which is a blessing for us because then they come up with other ideas "

Ideas like a weekly news broadcast which launched last spring to keep everyone in the school in the know.

"We saw tiktoks of people doing things like that and we wanted to get everyone involved in the club because some people don’t know what all we have to offer at East Duplin because they are involved in so many other things they’ll be like 'ohh we’ll get in on that' or we’ll make videos that involve life skills for them and promote involvement and school spirit for them. It has improved my communication skills and it helps us keep informed about everything going on here at school," explained seniors Sarah Hall and Emory Raynor.

It’s all about spreading Panther Pride and learning lessons for a lifetime.

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