By Garrett Cook and Dylan Miller

Eighteen eighth graders competed in the first White Oak High School Invitational Journalism meet on December 7. Students competed in News, Feature, Editorial and Headline writing contests.

Over 40 high school and middle school students from six districts participated in the day long event. Two WOMS eighth graders placed in the top six in two of those events. Emma Raney, placed fifth in news writing and Garrett Cook placed third in feature writing.

“I’m really proud of myself for beating high schoolers at writing,” Emma Raney said. “It’s pretty cool to win a medal in something I’ve always loved.”

Even though it was a competition and meant to be practice for writing, the journalism staff spent the whole day together.

“I got to spend time with my journalism friends,” eighth grader, Madison Balboa said.

With only a semester of experience and practice, the eighth graders made the adviser along with the school very proud.

“I am proud of every one of my students,” Journalism Adviser Mitzi Neely said. “My students have only had 16 weeks of journalism, and this is their first invitational meet to compete in. This meet was about gaining experience.”