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CHS STAR Covers National News

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One high school journalism class is getting an early start on their career and covering national news.

The Century Star newspaper recently put together an issue on Leith, North Dakota.

"They interviewed Craig Cobb and Jeff Shoep the Neo-Nazi President- no fear, got in there asked good questions," Century STAR Adviser Sue Skalicky said.

"For us to be high school journalists and to have the opportunity to go there and have a younger perspective on how it's affecting everything, I think it was really cool," Century STAR Opinion Editor Alex Skalicky said.

The STAR covered the conflict in a four page spread of their October issue.

Now the journalism class behind the story, is the headline of another.

The creator of the "LeithND" web site has put these students in the national spot light.

"Gregory Bruce told National Geographic about the Century STAR and that high schoolers were also covering this issue. Well they were very interested and asked if they could do an interview with us," Sue Skalicky said.

They have also won awards for the issue.

"We actually did bring it to Boston and it got 10th best of show at the third largest convention ever which was awesome, and we'll probably submit it for a pacemaker in San Diego,' Century STAR Editor Ally Krupinsky said.

Along with all of the recognition, the students also learn a valuable lesson.

"What was cool about that as a journalist and a journalism teacher was that day, during that 6-8 hours, we saw played out in front of us 4 of the 5 rights that we have as Americans based on the first amendment," Sue Skalicky said.

She stresses the importance of civil rights everyday in class.

"When I can get a group of kids that are willing to invest their time and energy, blood, sweat and tears into real journalism, into finding the story, and reporting the story, great things happen," Sue Skalicky said.

If all goes well, Sue says National Geographic plans on featuring the STAR for 2 to 4 minutes in the "60 Minutes" documentary.

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