Newspaper to Return 2023-2024 School Year

Student voice and action urges school administration to make a change


Gloria Namgung, Editor-in-Chief

On Tuesday, Apr. 4, Principal Andre Bala informed Advisor Carrie Faust and the Newspaper class that the program is expected to return in the next upcoming school year.

Bala initially gave the news that prior to this information, the Newspaper program was supposedly cut due to a lack of school credits that were needed at Smoky to run the course. In addition, enough students were not enrolled and math and literacy test scores dropped throughout the school.

In the process, staff members worked frivolously to contact the Cherry Creek School District (CCSD), members of the school board, and school administration at Smoky in hopes of getting the class back in the hands of student voices in the community. The importance of a newspaper curriculum in an American high school was emphasized alongside the need for it at Smoky specifically.

Student voice- the opinions, beliefs, and news that can be told only by students themselves are incredibly significant in a school setting to practice and perform in a real-world setting. It can be obvious to say that it is a necessary addition to the school and crucial for anyone in a general stance to vocalize what needs to be said and where it needs to be said.

Students and the staff of the Newspaper at Smoky were relieved to hear the news and are looking forward to the awaited return of the program. With that, new plans to improve and promote the program even more in the upcoming year are to be implemented and executed by the returning staff.