At Battle High School, Kaitlyn landed herself a leadership position in the journalism program. She served as the editor-in-chief for the Spearhead during her junior and senior year. While on staff, she covered breaking news, politics, education and more. Her work has been recognized by the Missouri Interscholastic Press Association and the Journalism Education Association.

Kaitlyn attended the Mizzou Urban Journalism Workshop, a prestigious journalism camp at the University of Missouri. That’s where she wrote one of her most known pieces, Opportunity Gaps Increase for Poor Children. Kaitlyn was also awarded for her reporting on a Washington D.C. donut shop at the Journalism Education Association Convention in 2019.


Coronavirus impacts broadcasting students trip, forced to return

Student Television Network officials announced Wednesday the annual convention was canceled amid the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak. STN, which was hosting media students in the nation’s Capitol, made the announcement Wednesday after D.C. city officials urged STN organizers to cancel. STN made the announcement on their website, saying, “Due to the D.C. Health Department’s recommendation that non-essential mass gatherings of 1,000 or more, including conferences and conventions, be postponed or cancelled, the board of directors has made the decision to cancel the 2020 STN Convention and related contests and activities.” Read the full story here.

Preferred pronouns in public schools

Kelsey Pegg is among the thousands of people who conclude their emails with four simple words: They/them/their pronouns. “Including your pronouns, whether or not someone asks, allows for two things. First, it makes it clear what your pronouns are right away. It doesn’t leave it up for discussion, and it doesn’t allow them to assume someone’s gender identity based off their appearance,” Pegg, a provisionally licensed professional counselor at the Counseling Hub, said. “Second, it allows for a space where people are comfortable to share their gender identity.” Read the full story here.

High school students on track to earn associates degree under new partnership

Columbia Public Schools (CPS) is expanding the opportunity for students to achieve high education through a new partnership with Moberly Area Community College (MACC). The new agreement will allow students to pursue a high school diploma and an associates degree by the time they graduate high school at no cost. The program will focus on classes known as the “Core 42,” a framework of general education that all students at public two-and four-year institutions will complete. Read the full story here.

FASFA to come out Oct. 1

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will come out on Tuesday, Oct. 1. The United State Department of Education gives away more than $120 billion a year in grants, work-study funds, and low-interest loans to cover expenses such as tuition, books, and room and board, according to studentaid.gov. Jacob Biener, counselor, encourages students to fill out the FAFSA, even those who think they won’t qualify for any financial aid. “The FAFSA can be intimidating because it will because it will be asking financial information and you need a guardian’s help, but the average time it takes to complete the FAFSA is under half an hour,” Biener said. Read the full story here.