By Abby Quesenberry

White Oak Middle School added Journalism to the course electives for eighth grade. The class is taught by Mrs. Mitzi Neely. The class was put in place as a feeder program for high school and to help students, teachers, and parents stay updated on events happening throughout the school.

Along with this new class, these aspiring journalists made the decision to create an online newspaper to make it more convenient to access important information. This is the first newspaper for WOMS and a part of history.

“Mrs. Neely and I are so happy with this decision,” Middle School Principal, Becky Balboa, said. “ I can not wait to see what it looks like. Our parents, students, and community are going to love it.”

Students enrolled in the course because it offered them a variety of opportunities, including getting information about future careers, college courses, and learning how to work under pressure.

“It will help with College and High School credit and enable me to broaden my spectrum for college classes,” eighth grader Ethan Grammer said. “I like the hustle and bustle of the class when we’re on deadline.”

Being apart of this class allows students to gain important skills that may be needed later on in life.

Journalism provides a lot of opportunities for students–writing, researching, interviewing, photographing events and people–they learn what it means to be credible and how important that is,” Journalism teacher, Mrs. Mitzi Neely, said. “They learn the ethics of journalism, providing the reader with both sides of the story and more. And these students are getting high school credit for this course.”