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Ritenour High School’s Student Newspaper Earns Second Place International Honors

Ritenour High School’s student newspaper, the Pepper Box, received the International Second Place Award from the International Quill and Scroll Society, a student journalism honor society.

This year’s award recognizes the outstanding Pepper Box news content from the 2020-2021 school year. 

RHS student journalists rose above the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic last year to report news that was relevant and timely for their peers.

Ron Steinschriber, an RHS journalism teacher and Pepper Box sponsor, said he is proud of the student journalists who worked hard at developing high quality hard news, features and editorials that were complemented by excellent photos and graphics to tell their stories. Students adapted their interviewing, reporting and production skills while in both a full-virtual and hybrid learning environment during the 2020-2021 school year.

This is an amazing accomplishment given the virtual nature of the first semester and the hybrid second semester last year,” Steinschriber said.  

The Quill and Scroll judges noted in their review of the Pepper Box:

“The Pepper Box staff maintained high standards through the challenges they faced during the school year. The coverage is consistent, the visuals are engaging, and the final product is a professional publication. Their biggest strengths are focusing each and every article on their readers and the fantastic graphic elements.” 

Faith Boyd, content editor-in-chief of the Pepper Box during the 2020-2021 school year and currently a freshman at University of Missouri-Columbia, said she is proud of all the work her peers put into every publication.

“International second place is an incredible achievement, and it makes me proud,” said Boyd. “All of our staff members put in the work last year to incorporate new ideas in spite of the restrictions we had. The pandemic was a unique challenge that nobody saw coming but it pushed us to experiment with different content. I attribute our success to the drive that everyone displayed last year.” 

Other editors and staff members of the award-winning 2020-2021 Pepper Box were:

Editors: Jordan Fritzsche, visual editor-in-chief; Samia Fouche, production editor-in-chief; Kayley Norman, spotlight editor;  Kayla Baker, opinion editor; Darleen Garcia, sports editor; Maxine Bee, news editor; Miranda Martin, online editor; Sammy Lewis, business manager; Chris Campos, A&E editor; Lizbeth Hernandez, special editions editor; Jessica Murillo, social media manager; Veronica Susovica,  art editor; Toni Taylor, video game editor.

Staff Members: Tamera Baker, Tyran Cooper, Michelle Everett, Chanel Foster, Kamari Higgins, Kaitlyn Hurst, Maricela Nunez, Asia Poe, Kaylyn Riggs, Taylor Rowald, Chloe Sapp, Tyra Smith, Jaylen Strong, Nykiya Taylor, Gabriel Thompson, Peter Tran, Deaunzze Trotter, Jordyn Williams.