Online newspaper advisor honors student journalists

As the bell rang at Taft High Friday afternoon, journalism students began filing into Jacquelyn White's classroom a few at a time for one of their final meetings. After a few years without the journalism class, the students have worked incredibly hard this year to bring the TUHS newspaper, The Gusher, back into print. The paper has been a huge success.

Proud of her students, faculty advisor Mrs. White had special certificates printed and framed for each of the young journalists to recognize their tireless efforts.

“I couldn't let this year go by without recognizing all you did,” Mrs. White said to the class. “This has been such a big deal for our school to bring (The Gusher) back, and for the community.”

The Gusher's editorial board consisted of 11 students, including editor-in-cheif Kilie Odle, Jonah Armstrong, Julia Sanchez, Alyssa Reeves, James Buddel, Stephanie Santos, Nickolas Marsell, Mariah Nevarez, Sofia Zendejas, Jaye Sparks, and Garrett Gibson.

With their come-back year coming to a close, The Gusher journelists look forward to next year. Fortunately, the group already has a great advantage for year two. The California Press Foundation has awarded them with a $1500 grant for equipment, which will be presented in the fall.

Jackie White shared that she hopes to have the graduating seniors of 2018 return in the fall for the presentation, as the awarding of this grant would not be possible without their dedication.