» Obligation to report: Conestoga High School’s student newspaper, The Spoke, has been covering some pretty cutting-edge stories over the past 12-plus months—all while successfully battling a revision to the Tredyffrin/Easttown School District’s policy that would’ve allowed administrators to review stories in student publications before they went to print. That crusade earned Conestoga senior and current Spoke editor-in-chief Seth Zweifler and former editor-in-chief Henry Rome the National Scholastic Press Association’s prestigious Courage in Student Journalism Award. Meanwhile, The Spoke’s monthlong investigation into illegal student gambling was a 2008 NSPA award winner. Then there was Rome’s four-month investigation into a school district custodian arrested in connection with two armed robberies. That story and two others were 2009 NSPA award nominees. Rome won first place for his story, while Zweifler took first in another category for his piece on teen motherhood. Along with the 2009 Courage Award, the staff earned its first-ever Pacemaker Award, the highest commendation offered by the NSPA. Bravo!
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