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2020 Michael S. Powell HS Journalist of the Year: Springbrook High School’s Joel Lev-Tov

Joel Lev-Tov named MDDC’s High School Journalist for 2020

This young journalist is one to look out for. Springbrook High School senior Joel Lev-Tov has been named the 2020 Michael S. Powell High School Journalist of the Year.  Joel is pursuing his passion for journalism at every opportunity.  He is currently the Co-Editor-in-Chief of his school’s newspaper, The Blueprint; Joel is also a staff writer at the MoCo Student, a Montgomery County student newspaper. Additionally, Joel is an Editorial Board Member of the Amplifier, a Montgomery County-wide magazine that highlights student journalism from all schools.

A panel of MDDC Press Foundation Board members 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 Joel’s writing and were equally impressed by his passion and drive, which is reflected in his leadership of his school and community newspapers. Joel’s writing stood out in a talented field of candidates, and his advisor, Carly Glass, noted “his work as a student journalist really aims to hit at the heart of what journalism is all about.”

Joel is already showing signs of becoming a leader in his field. Joel’s advisor recognized this as evidenced by the student newspaper’s success. “As a newspaper staff, we were able to produce a print version of our paper for the first time in over three years.” His advisor went on to speak on Joel’s maturity as a journalist, saying “his interest in uncovering truth and inspiring change is not only wise beyond his years, but is also exactly the kind of mentality that honest journalists need to tackle the difficult issues of our time.”

Joel plans to major in journalism because “I want to become a well-respected local journalist who is inherently ingrained with the culture of a region.” He is on a mission to report the deeper issues, but above all else, Joel believes “local news is the heart and soul of journalism, and I think I can make much more of a difference in my community by focusing on it.”

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