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2016 MJEA Rising Star Award Winner

2016-rising-mug 2016-risingTravis Armknecht from Grand Center Arts Academy has been named the Missouri Journalism Education Association’s Rising Star award winner for 2015-2016.

Travis Armknecht advises the Expression yearbook and GCAAtoday.com website at Grand Center Arts Academy, a visual and performing arts charter school in St. Louis. He founded the program three years ago with a small group of sophomores who worked after school to create the school’s first-ever yearbook. In addition to advising, Armknecht is also the treasurer of journalismSTL, a local scholastic journalism organization.

Armknecht said, “Though the official district policy unfortunately keeps the door open for administrative prior review/restraint, I’ve been very lucky to have supportive administrators who have been open with reporters – once even going so far as to allow reporters to not only sit in, but also record, a meeting between admin and students over an ongoing issue. Within the program, I’ve tailored it to be as much of a designated public forum as I can. The editorial board has the final say on all content and works with the staff to make all content decisions for both publications. I am there to advise and guide them with their coverage, and often make suggestions for possible story ideas, but ultimately, the final call is up to them.”

The MJEA judge noted that Armknecht “should be recognized for growing a program, from scratch, that has shown continual improvement.”

Armknecht explained his greatest enjoyment in his role: “It has been a phenomenal pleasure to see the growth of the students I’ve worked with the past three years. I’ve had the opportunity to witness students finding their voice and their passion. My editors have grown as leaders, taking on more responsibilities each year.”

The Missouri Journalism Education Association is the largest state scholastic journalism organization formed to help protect and enhance scholastic journalism in Missouri. MJEA works to provide outreach and support to advisers and journalism programs across the state. MJEA supports free and responsible scholastic journalism by providing resources and educational opportunities, by promoting professionalism, by encouraging and rewarding student excellence and teacher achievement, and by fostering an atmosphere which encompasses diversity yet builds unity.

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2016 MJEA Rising Star Award Winner