Gadsden County student newspaper takes 2nd place in national competition


Shortridge High School’s The Daily Echo newspaper staff talks about reviving the oldest school newspaper in the country.

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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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Informa Markets Fashion Unveils FIT Student Showcase

Design by Jamie Fernandez for the Special Occasions category
Photo: Informa Markets Fashion

The COVID-19 shutdown inspired celebrated fashion designers to go online and produce digital runway shows. Now, student designers are following.

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, the producer of the trade shows MAGIC, Project, Coterie and a slew of other major industry events, announced that it would give a digital stage to student designers in the FIT Future of Fashion 2020 Showcase. The initiative launched Sept. 30 through dedicated hubs at Coterie’s and the Children’s Club’s digital marketplaces and will be showcased until Nov. 1.

These showcases will exhibit the collections of 75 student designers from the Fashion Institute of Technology, based in New York City. The showcases will run across five categories: sportswear, special occasion, knitwear, intimate apparel and childrenswear. The exhibits will be curated by Colleen Sherin, president of Coterie; Danelle Brown,

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UMaine student remembered for work ethic, athletics, personal style

Regan McCleary, a University of Maine student from Buxton who died Saturday evening, was a quiet, driven athlete and student who excelled in math and opened up around his close circle of friends, his family said.

McCleary, a 19-year-old sophomore, drowned in the Stillwater River in Orono on Saturday evening. A rescue effort with boats and a helicopter retrieved him from the river around 7 p.m., and an investigation by the Orono Police Department is ongoing.

Regan McCleary Photo courtesy of the McCleary family

His family remembered him as a quiet, highly motivated student and athlete whose playful side came out around his close friends.

“He had a good balance,” Kendra, his mother, said in an interview. “He was conscientious, but he also spent a lot of time with friends. The boys.”

In his first year, McCleary earned several academic awards from the University of Maine, including the Alton S.

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