Sparkman Journalism Program Brings Home Awards

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MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) -- The journalism department at Sparkman High School has been excelling on a national level this year.

"We've had a great year," said Erin Coggins, the journalism adviser. "We've competed at the state level and won all of Alabama in our newspaper," she said. "We kicked it up a notch and went to the National Journalism Convention in San Francisco and came back with six individual awards and we got sixth place overall with our newspaper in our category."
There is much more than just a newspaper and writing skills that hides behind the door of room 127. Most of the students that spoke to WHNT News 19 said that being apart of the newspaper staff was more like having a "family."

"It's fun," said Kenneth Harris, a senior at Sparkman and the sports editor for the Crimson Crier. "If you're having a bad day, you look forward to coming to third block because you know these people are going to lift you up."

Coggins says it's an atmosphere she hopes her students will take with them beyond the high school. "Whatever they do, I hope they just take the memories of this newsroom with them," said Coggins.