Help is on the way
Q&S Student Advisory Board gets started with projects designed to improve your chapter activities
It’s right there in the list of Quill and Scroll’s eight founding principles — friendship.
With that principle in mind, the 2021-22 Quill and Scroll Student Advisory Board held its first meeting last Monday, and came away with several great ideas that board members will be working on this year to help your Q&S chapter with its service projects.
First, a quick roll call of members is in order:
- Emma Diehl, J.W. Mitchell HS, New Port Richey, Florida
- Kathleen Ortiz, Kingwood Park HS, Kingwood, Texas
- McKenna Hudson, Francis Howell North HS, St. Charles, Missouri
- Kate E. Farr, Antwerp HS, Antwerp, Ohio
- Dania Azher, Arcadia HS, Arcadia California
- Riley Thompson, Harrisonburg HS, Harrisonburg, Virginia
- Aric Shaw, Westlake, Westlake HS, Austin, Texas
- Kasey Thompson, Harrisonburg HS, Harrisonburg, Virginia
- Dacie Ritch, Richland HS, Essex, Missouri
- Caroline Mascardo, Iowa City West HS, Iowa City, Iowa
- Sandra Koretz, Harvard Westlake School, Studio City, California
- Aleena Gul, McLean High School, McLean, Virginia
- Kamryn Bailey, A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts, West Palm Beach, Florida
- Melissa Liu, Northview HS, Johns Creek, Georgia
Of course, not every chapter of Q&S performs a service project, and we don’t require it. But many chapters do, and they’ve provided joy, comfort and information with those projects, whether they’ve done fundraising, coat or food drives, Scholastic Journalism week activities to promote ethical journalism, website building for local organizations or helping a local elementary or middle school put together its yearbook.
The first group will be doing something to help fellow editors, creating a virtual space for editors to share ideas, concerns and tips for producing the best journalism and keeping their peers engaged and productive.
Here’s Kamryn Bailey from Florida:
“My proposal for a national project for this year is to create a network of student journalists who can provide peer editing online. In a school publication, it can be hard to separate yourself from a story especially if it was something personal that happened to your student body. However, having a student journalist from across the country edit the piece, they would be able to look at it objectively. This network will be able to foster friendships between students and chapters as well as create a learning experience from the constructive feedback from their peers.”
Another group will develop a template for helping chapters work with middle and elementary schools in their districts.
Here’s Riley Thompson from Virginia:
“Quill and Scroll students should reach out to middle school and elementary schools to get them engaged and interested in the high school’s journalism programs. By getting students more involved, we are helping to create more potential staff members for the future and growing our journalism programs. If younger students were introduced earlier to the journalism programs in the high schools, it might help grow our staff by having more students sign up. We would also be reaching more people and gaining more viewers to our websites, newspapers, and yearbooks by getting involved early.”
And yet another group will encourage Q&S journalists to work on stories that make a difference in their communities and around the world.
Here’s Caroline Mascardo from Iowa:
“To celebrate diversity among communities, Quill and Scroll should organize a campaign inspiring student publications around the country to create local journalism projects centered around a common theme. Publications must easily modify their projects to best suit their community’s needs, similar to ‘Humans of New York’ and ‘This Is Milwaukee.’ Once complete, each publication’s edition of the project will be a piece of a vast, ongoing journalism mosaic. Above all, the national project should foster unity through local storytelling, as journalism is most meaningful when tangible to its readers.”
Keep reading the Scroll to find out when and how these projects go online. Until then, have a great week.