The Hawkeye, a student-run newspaper at Mountlake Terrace High School won a First Amendment Press Freedom Award for the third year in a row from the Journalism Education Association (JEA) and National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA).
The JEA, a national organization, announced the award on Tuesday.
According to the Journalism Education Association, the award “recognizes public high schools that actively support, teach and protect First Amendment rights and responsibilities of students and teachers, with an emphasis on student-run media where students make all final decisions of content.”
The Hawkeye‘s staff will join newspaper staff members from ten other schools recognized by the award at the JEA/NSPA Spring National High School Journalism Convention in Los Angeles in April.
More schools won the award this year than any year before – nearly double the number of schools awarded in 2015. Other winning schools are from California, Virginia, Florida, Minnesota, Colorado and Missouri. Three winning schools are first-time recipients.