Gadsden County student newspaper takes 2nd place in national competition


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What can three teenagers do when armed with reporters’ notebooks? Take home an award in a national journalism competition. 

When 17-year-old Maybelline Samoza heard that her three-person Gadsden County High School newspaper had won second place in the American Scholastic Press Association competition, she said it felt like her heart “dropped for a moment.” 

Photo of the Gadsden County High School newspaper award, 2020. (Photo: Special to the Democrat)

Samoza didn’t know that her English and journalism teacher, John Nogowski, had even entered their student newspaper, the Gadsden County Gazette, into the journalism competition during the teenager’s last year at the school. Nogowski told her to check her email to fact check him. 

“I thought he was just kidding,” she said in a recent interview. “I saw the certificate,

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Look: Princess Eugenie, Jack Brooksbank celebrate 2nd wedding anniversary

Oct. 12 (UPI) — Princess Eugenie is looking back on “happy memories” with her husband, Jack Brooksbank, on their second wedding anniversary.

The 30-year-old British royal marked the occasion Monday by sharing a video featuring photos from throughout her relationship with Brooksbank, 34.

The reel, set to the London Grammar song “Baby It’s You,” includes unseen photos from Eugenie and Brooksbank’s wedding.

“Been the best 2 years married to you and 10 years with you in total.. happy memories always my dear Jack,” Eugenie captioned the post.

Eugenie and Brooksbank married at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle in 2018. The couple released photos from their wedding days after the ceremony.

Eugenie and Brooksbank announced in September that they are expecting their first child.

“Her Royal Highness Princess Eugenie and Mr. Jack Brooksbank are very pleased to announce that they are expecting a baby in early 2021,” Buckingham Palace tweeted.

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Gwyneth Paltrow and Brad Falchuk celebrate 2nd wedding anniversary

Gwyneth Paltrow and Brad Falchuk celebrated their second wedding anniversary on Tuesday.

Paltrow, 48, shared a sweet selfie with Falchuk, 49, on Instagram, and captioned it, “Year two, through,” with two blue heart emojis.

Friends, including Paris Hilton and Michelle Pfeiffer, sent their well wishes. Ali Wenworth joked, “It’s your anniversary! Why do you have clothes on? xoxo Love you guys.”

Just five months ago, the pair looked into how to “find intimacy in uncertain times” amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“As a couple it’s sort of like, ‘Where do you go as a couple when you’re all in the house and you’ve got dogs, and work and work from home?’” Paltrow asked in a video posted on Goop. “It’s like, ‘What are you supposed to do?’”

In January, prior to the pandemic, the “Ironman” star also opened up about how moving in with her husband affected their sex life. She

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