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Journalism Teacher Receives National Award

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It's not every day a teacher in North Dakota is nationally recognized.

Steph Scheurer tells us about one local Century High School teacher who is inspiring future journalists.

"I love my students. They're the best. They've really become my children to me," says Sue Skalicky, Journalism Teacher, Century High School.

"We're like a family," says Alex Skalicky, Senior.

This family is Journalism Class...

The source holding it together is Sue Skalicky.

"She likes to get involved with the students. She cares for your opinion and overall - just a great person," says Nahjee Watkins, Junior.

"She takes like a different style to learning. She treats you like an equal, which, I mean, not a lot of teachers do but you know, it just makes you feel like you want to learn," says Marco Curzio, Sophomore.

"Seeing the students who get it, who find that joy and that passion in interviewing someone oftentimes about a tough subject, and they give that person a voice," says Skalicky.

Throughout her nine years of teaching at Century High School, the students say Sue has given them a voice.

"She's very trusting. She's extremely helpful in challenging me which I love and leading me in the right direction so I can lead other people," says Ally Krupinsky, Senior.

Because of Sue's hard work and leadership, she will receive the Master Journalism Educator Award - the highest level of certification within the Journalism Education Association.

Her students want to be the first to report they could not be more proud.

"She doesn't do what she does just to do it or just because she has to do it. She does what she does because she loves it," says Alex.

"I believe with all my heart that journalism - the telling of people's stories - is truly what will change our world," says Skalicky.

Skalicky will receive her award this weekend at the National High School Journalism Convention in San Diego, California.

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