This year’s ace reporters truly understood how to evangelize through their writing. Through Faith News Online for Students, Catholic school students from around the diocese committed to becoming field journalists reporting on faithful happenings in their schools, parishes and communities. This year, five students and one school were recognized as being a light of faith.
Samantha L., of Resurrection Catholic School in Lakeland received the Light of Faith award for Journalism. This is the second year this gifted writer received this award. Her stories show a superior level of reporting, filled with excellent quotes and teachings about the faith. One of her articles even ran in the Florida Catholic and Bishop Noonan’s E-Scroll.
Tiffany Z. of St. Mary Magdalen Catholic School in Altamonte Springs shared a variety of stories in various forms including video, from reflections and reports on school curriculum. Her flexibility to communicate via many channels garnered her the Light of Faith award for Multimedia Journalism.
The Photojournalism award went to Elizabeth M. of St. Joseph Catholic School in Palm Bay for capturing the essence of a story through photography in “First grade spreads joy to elderly residents.”
Her classmate, Mason M. was the Most Improved Writer showing growth with each article submission. Sophia A., also of St. Joseph’s received Honorable Mention for her superior writing and understanding of literary tools.
And, for the first time, a school was awarded the Light of Faith for Missionary Discipleship. All of the stories submitted by Sacred Heart Catholic School in New Smyrna ace reporters consistently reflected missionary discipleship, the call of all Christians to be Christ’s hands and feet, thereby leading others to the faith.
By Glenda Meekins of the Florida Catholic – May 23, 2018