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2007 Michael S. Powell HS Journalist of the Year: Montgomery Blair’s Aubrey Kubetin

Montgomery Blair senior Aubrey Kubetin is the MDDC High School Journalist of the Year for 2007.
Kubetin of Takoma Park, Md., is the second-consecutive winner from Blair and the fourth in the past eight years. The MDDC committee selected Kubetin unanimously.
Montgomery Blair’s student newspaper, Silver Chips, utilizes a highly selective interview and application process for selecting its writing staff, but Kubetin already had the newspaper advisor’s attention when she was in the prerequisite journalism class.
"I couldn’t wait for Audrey to be on the staff," says Blair adviser Maureen Freeman. "Her writing was a dream. She was clearly a student who ‘got’ it."
Kubetin started on the school newspaper in her junior year and in less than two years, has distinguished herself as a serious journalist. Freeman credits Kubetin with writing some of the best pieces of journalism the school paper has produced in recent years and her feature work won a first-place award from the Maryland Scholastic Press Association. "It was not a surprise when Audrey was selected to the important position of features editor," Freeman said.
As features editor, Kubetin says she feels it is her responsibility to guide her fellow staff members through the feature writing process, and that she sees her own writing become stronger with every story.
Kubetin’s features have covered students dealing with serious problems such as psychiatric disorders and illiteracy. She also wrote a feature about students at the school who came to the country illegally. Freeman said Kubetin tackled these weighty topics with great professionalism and maturity. She calls Kubetin a very versatile writer, saying, "She can also take the less weighty subjects and turn them into good reads that rise well above a typical high school newspaper story."
"The most important aspect of scholastic journalism," Kubetin wrote in her application, "is by far the chance it provides to educate other students. Each one of my stories seeks to leave readers more knowledgeable about compelling issues that affect their lives."
Of her plans to pursue a career in journalism, Kubetin plans to get a graduate degree in journalism, and to earn a bachelor’s degree in history.

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