Highlighting Our High School Students
In Praise of the Schools that have Partnered with The Orlando Times newspaper
CENTRAL FLORIDA – It’s the end of the school year and for seniors, the ending of that final exam period signifies a period of transition between the classroom and dorm. For underclassmen, it’s a period to relax and allow themselves to refocus for the upcoming school year and for all students, the final bell ring of 2016 represents the closing of a year of achievement.
The editorial staff at The Orlando Times newspaper would like to take this opportunity to thank all schools, students and staff which made this year’s 2015-2016 High School Page Placement Program possible. We would also like to thank all the County School Systems throughout Central Florida.
We commend your creativity, your unique storytelling and your adherence to deadlines.
The High School Page Placement Program, started by The Orlando Times in the year 2000, is a program where The Orlando Times newspaper partners with high schools throughout Central Florida, and students are able to produce pages that will feature in The Orlando Times newspaper on a weekly basis.
This program began as an outgrowth of the Partnership of Education program. The Orlando Times Publisher, Dr. Calvin Collins Jr., worked with the school boards, specifically Orange and Seminole Counties to begin the program. Because of budget constraints, school boards were unable to financially support the program.
However, the business community sponsored the circulation of newspapers into Central Florida High Schools through Orange, Seminole, Osceola and Lake Counties. Through their support, the business support became the Partners of Education program, which continues to today.
“I think it’s wonderful that high school students have an opportunity to gain experience in the field of media.” Said Dr. Barbara Jenkins, Orange County Public Schools Superintendent.
Superb content was covered within the student’s pages, which were published within The Orlando Times newspaper. Notable stories were those published by The Blade, West Orange High School’s publication, which covered the possible switching of uniforms for Florida Public Schools, fair pay for females and the transition of technology in today’s classroom compared with yesteryear.
Six pages submitted by The Blade were published in The Orlando Times newspaper.
“The publications students produce a 400-page yearbook and a quarterly magazine each year. However, having them work on pages for The Orlando Times provided them with an even greater professional experience. It was a wonderful learning experience for them and a fabulous opportunity.” Said Kimberly Poor, Instructor at West Orange High School.
The Warrior, published by Oak Ridge High School, reported on the effects youth could bring to future elections, in their April edition.
Lake Minneola High School students covered the anxiety, yet excitement seniors feel as graduation nears, in their publication Reflections.
"We are very thankful and pleased that The Orlando Times provides a unique forum for our students to showcase the many amazing events and programs taking place at their schools." said Dr. Walt Griffin, Superintendent of Seminole County Public Schools.
Seminole High School’s publication, The Seminole Newspaper, published a February feature detailing the bias of modern Eurocentric education.
“Being a participant of the High School Page Placement Program is beneficial in many ways. Our school, our students and our community benefit from the partnership.” Said Richard Stokes, journalism teacher at East Ridge High School in Clermont, Florida.
“Students often times enter a Journalism elective with no expectations of the program. The structure of the class and the work we do with The Orlando Times affords us the opportunity to expose students to real-time journalism expectations from inception to finished product.”
The Orlando Times newspaper is the only weekly publication that provides this opportunity and partnership to High Schools.
“LMHS Reflections Yearbook Staff, with Katie Lejeune as Editor in Chief, appreciates the opportunity to further their journalistic skills by designing a page for The Orlando Times”. Ellen Parker, Instructor for Lake Minneola High School said.
It’s rare that newspapers give students a chance to showcase their talents, yet what’s kept The Orlando Times newspaper as the number one voice of the community is this act of rarity.
"This is a wonderful opportunity for students, especially those that want to pursue communications and/or journalism as a career. The effect this has on the students, knowing their hard work is being viewed by the local community, provides a sense of accomplishment and pride. That feeling continues with them the entire year, creating a wonderful learning atmosphere.” Courtney Wagner, Instructor for Ocoee High School.
“It has been most advantageous to have had the opportunity for my yearbook staff to contribute to such a wide-reaching printed publication. As a staff, we pride ourselves on sharing and highlighting memorable occasions on campus; and we know these speak volumes to the students at Wekiva. However, to know that their words and stories have been seen by so much of the community outside of the schoolhouse walls, it delights my staff immensely.” Ashley Beckman, Wekiva High School Instructor said.
The staff also takes this time to thank the various county school systems that have assisted in distributing the community profiles published in The Orlando Times newspaper.
To new schools, our staff looks forward to working with each of you for the 2016-2017 school year.With the valued partnership of schools, sponsors and the community, The Orlando Times newspaper will continue to take the opportunity to give the opportunity to students.