The Southerner’s editor-in-chief and Grady High’s valedictorian, Isabelle Taft, is named 2013 Georgia Champion Journalist by the Georgia Scholastic Press Association (GSPA). GSPA considers her to be Georgia’s top high school journalist, and is entering her portfolio into the National Journalism Education Association contest. The staff of The Southerner, Grady High School’s student newspaper, is very proud of Isabelle’s achievements!
GSPA Director Joe Dennis’s comments:
“Isabelle represents the ideal of a ‘champion’ journalist. She is a courageous reporter, covering issues such as a test scandal within the Atlanta Public School System; she is a detailed storyteller, getting to the heart of the personal stories from homeless people; she is diverse in her skills, providing excellent photography with her stories and utilizing social media to its fullest journalistic extent; she is an excellent leader, serving as editor-in-chief of her high school’s NSPA Pacemaker-winning newspaper The Southerner; she is heavily involved in her community, serving as a volunteer at a refugee center in Atlanta; and she is highly intelligent, accomplishing all the aforementioned tasks while ranking first in her class.”