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Students seek support for Tiger Tracks

Laura Lerner - Breckenridge

During the past few weeks, I have heard and read different opinions concerning the limited distribution of the December issue of Tiger Tracks.

As co-editor-in-chief of Tiger Tracks, I am very disappointed that the community was not able to receive our last issue in the Summit Daily.

Like most of the Tiger Tracks editors and reporters, I have never met superintendent Dr. Lynn Spampinato, and all I have heard from her is that we are not up to her editing standards.

I would have really appreciated it if she met directly with our journalism classes and talked to us about her standards, instead of immediately censoring us to the community.

Those who were able to see our last issue know that we are working hard to put out better quality papers, and understand the problems we have been encountering for quite some time now.

We have received a lot of encouragement from the community, for which I am grateful, but support is still lacking within the administration, and even at school.

In turn, this makes it more complicated for the students interested in journalism to express themselves through their writing, but it does succeed in making us feel like the hard work and effort we put toward the paper is to no avail.

I realize we had our share of mistakes in our first publications, and I am aware that Dr. Spampinato was trying to push us into improving our papers by taking our most valued privilege away, but as many have noticed, we do get better with each issue.

I hope that while counting our 117 mistakes, Dr. Spampinato also took time to actually read each story, and recognize what talented writers we have.

With every teacher we have had during the past three years, we also found ourselves under pressure to perform our best under different teaching styles, different expectations and different responsibilities.

While having to take on these constant changes, I am pleased with everything we have published thus far.

I am asking for a realization from everyone that we are high school students, and just like with every other student involved in extracurricular activities, we are learning how to present our best at an interest we would thoroughly enjoy with a little more support.

Laura Lerner

Breckenridge


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