Katy Gray knew her Moffat County High School journalism class was full of talented and hard-working students who collaborate to put out Post Script, the high school's newspaper, each month.
What surprised Gray was the high praise recently given to the class at the 16th annual Mesa State College Media Day awards in Grand Junction. The awards cover high school newspapers on the Western Slope.
The Post Script staff walked away with a second place overall finish, nine first-place awards, three second-place awards and a third-place award. Five students were recognized for individual achievements.
"It's incredibly awesome," Gray said. "We placed in every division that we entered. You can tell when the students get psyched about a story and they cover it very well. These are really team awards. We all help each other in everything we do."
Craig students competed with larger schools with 40 to 50 students in their programs, Gray said. Gray's journalism class has 16 students. Of those, only one is a senior.
The class went through six weeks of training before starting work on the newspaper. Journal--ism 1 and 2 classes combine to work on the paper. Sec--ond-year students are editors and oversee design.
Students in Gray's journalism class earn writing credits for the course, and some go on to careers in journalism.
"Students I didn't expect sometimes become journalists after graduating," Gray said.
Gray said the class works on interviewing skills so reporters can get good quotes. They also track which students have been interviewed and try to find new subjects for the next issue.
True to the lives of journalists, her class missed the awards ceremony in Grand Junction because it was busy putting out the newspaper, Gray said.