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2019 Michael S. Powell HS Journalist of the Year: River Hill High School’s Lauren Mitchell

Lauren Mitchell named MDDC’s Top High School Journalist for 2019

This young journalist is one to look out for. River Hill High School senior Lauren Mitchell has been named the 2019 Michael S. Powell High School Journalist of the Year.  Lauren is pursuing her passion for journalism at every opportunity.  She is currently the Co-Editor-in-Chief of her school’s newspaper, The Current; Lauren is also the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Mitchell Markings, a teen-led news site. Additionally, Lauren acts as Saphranit (head of public relations) of her Jewish youth group. 

A panel of MDDC editors and reporters, including Angie Price of the Bay Times, Dan Divilio of the Kent County News, Ben Penserga of The Daily Times, and Brian Karem of The Sentinel Newspapers reviewed applications for this prestigious $1,500 cash award.  Students were asked to submit an autobiographical statement about journalism, a letter of recommendation from their journalism teacher or advisor as well as five published articles demonstrating their versatility and skill. 

The judges were impressed by Lauren’s writing, saying that she “has a good understanding of how to tell a story.” Judges were equally impressed by her passion and drive, which is reflected in her leadership and development of both the website Mitchell Markings and the monthly newspaper for her youth group. Lauren’s writing stood out in a talented field of candidates, and judges noted that you “could send her out to write a story today.”

Lauren is already showing signs of becoming a leader in her field. Lauren’s advisor Wayne Tromble noted this growth in leadership ability after the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting and indicated that, “Lauren in particular was instrumental in dedicating an entire issue to reporting on gun violence.”  Her ability to lead staff writers and manage newspaper operations led Tromble to note “it is truly amazing to see this level of maturity in a high school student and clearly indicates that Lauren is bound for success.“

Lauren plans to double major in journalism and business marketing so that she can start her own publishing company. She sees the world as full of possibilities, but above all else, Lauren says, “I want to be remembered for my writing and leave an impact through my words.”

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