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A chance to aid Wenatchee High's student journalism effort

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Former longtime Wenatchee World staffer Dave Riggs stopped by the office Monday afternoon to talk about the journalism program at Wenatchee High School. Dave is in his second year as the advisor to the award-winning Apple Leaf and Wa Wa yearbook staff and he has continued a tradition of excellence that has earned numerous national awards.

There'll be a fundraiser on Thursday night, 7 p.m., at Pybus Public Market with science fiction and fantasy writer Kay Kenyon as the guest speaker. It's open to the public and proceeds will pay for student trips to national conventions and other extras that students involved in such a fine program deserve.

The Apple Leaf is likely one of the few student newspapers in the country that operates without prior review of stories by the administration. That state of affairs s a testament to an enlightened approach by Principal Bob Celebrezze as well as a track record of responsible journalism by the student newspaper staffers. The Apple Leaf staff has been courageous in taking on difficult and controversial subjects, including investigating the drowning of a student at the school and the aftermath. When there are touchy stories, it is not uncommon for students to meet with the principal to discuss how the story is being handled.

This mature relationship is  a wonderful example of allowing students as much freedom as possible to operate as if they are in the real world where difficult decisions must be made.  The more experience students get wrestling with difficult issues, the better prepared they are for life after their education is completed. 

There are lots of great school programs to support. We're proud of the partnership we have with Wenatchee High School to print their fine newspaper and work with their students.  The talent level and commitment of the students is exemplary. We'll be down at Pybus on Thursday tasting the deserts, listening to Kenyon, and investing some dollars in their honor. Please join us if you have a chance.

If you'd like to see my video interview with Riggs, please log onto wenatcheeworld.com and click on videos.