By Bella Fritz, Vivian Gunn, Kaylee Kuhr & Nevaeh Wharton
Traverse City West MS
1st Place Division MS, Yearbook Verbal
Academic Writing


  • Clear, relevant, engaging angle
  • Solid lead that draws reader into story
  • Meaningful student quotes that enrich story and reflect effective interviewing
  • Evidence of adequate research
  • Story goes beyond simply reviewing what happens in classroom
  • Adheres to rules of good journalism including: short paragraphs, effective transitions and use of active voice, freedom from editorial comment, careful editing and proofreading to eliminate mechanical errors, correct use of grammar