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Trail staff travels to UGA and returns with awards
Photo via GSPA Conference
Photo via GSPA Conference

Georgia Scholastic Press Association (GSPA) hosts an annual Spring Convention and Awards ceremony at the University of Georgia’s Center of Education and Hotel. Each year, the McIntosh Trail Newspaper staff sends in submission for the various categories available for awards. 

On March 25, 2024, the Trail attended the convention and received multiple Superior and All-Georgia titles. All-Georgia awards are the number one in the state and Superiors are the runner-ups. 

The following are the awards the Trail brought home:


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Rebekah Bushmire and Lulu Vitulo: Opposing Viewpoints

Rebekah Bushmire: Social Media Breaking News 

Lulu Vitulo: Information Graphic 

Luke Soule: Critical Review

Savannah Hayes: InDepth News Story


Ryan Levan: Feature Photograph

Rebekah Bushmire: News Photograph 

August Moss: Sports Photograph

Connor Lafontant: Sports Feature Story 

Rebekah Bushmire: Commentary 

Nyla Kerr: Commentary 

Luke Soule: Feature Story 

Nyla Kerr: Health Reporting

Luke Soule: Environmental Reporting

The Trail recieved a Superior overall.

“The sessions were very informational and I learned a lot to become a better staffer for next year. I was able to learn about the importance of journalism,” first year staff writer Nyla Kërr said.

Slideshow of all awards can be viewed on YouTube here.

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Lily Johnson
Lily Johnson, Staff
Lily Johnson is a freshman at McIntosh High School. It is her first year on the Trail and she is looking forward to working with the other members of the staff and getting to know more about journalism. As a part of Beta Club, Johnson enjoys helping those around her and being a part of a team. She likes volunteering at PetSmart with the Fayette Humane Society. She loves being able to know that she’s helping the animals be put into good homes and will be able to live out the rest of their lives happily. She also volunteers at Clothes Less Traveled. Johnson enjoys reading, working out and cooking. She also enjoys many forms of art such as writing, painting, pottery and music. Some of her favorite musical artists are Lil Peep, The Weeknd, Arctic Monkeys, Chase Atlantic and The Neighbourhood. Outside of school, she likes to play lacrosse, read and skate. Johnson has been playing for Peachtree City Warriors for almost three years.
Shanon Woolf, CJE
Shanon Woolf, Certified Journalism Educator, advises two award-winning journalism programs at McIntosh: the online news site The Trail and the Legend yearbook. She also advises MisCHIEF literary magazine. Woolf is the Georgia Scholastic Press Association's Adviser of the year for 2022. She earned her Certified Journalism Educator credential in April 2021 and was Awarded Star Teacher at McIntosh High School in May 2021. Woolf was named a Journalism Education Association (JEA) Rising Star in 2020. She was also the Georgia Scholastic Press Association's First Year Adviser of the Year in 2019 and has been a member of the JEA's Scholastic Journalism Week committee since 2019. Woolf loves two things: Coke Zero and helping student journalists and photographers hone their craft. She collects smushy pennies from her travels and polydactyl cats who need adopting.
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