CHCA’s Upper Elementary is known for its culture of fostering students to pursue their passions. So, when Gr 5 student Payton Huffstetler expressed an interest in starting an Upper E newspaper, CHCA Counselor Nick Dyson said, “Awesome! Make it happen!”
Huffstetler, along with classmates Claire Ballish and Sofia Theiss, met with Dyson to go over some ideas. They then took these ideas to Upper E Principal Steve Sideris, who happily agreed to help support their passion project. The team began meeting once a week after school and after much preparation and work, they were able to issue their first Eagle Nation News on 11/18/20.
The first issue included a wide variety of topics. Along with an introduction to the paper, there were also encouraging words of God’s sovereignty during these difficult times and the importance of giving thanks and sharing appreciation with one another. Details behind the production of Frozen KIDS were also highlighted, as well as a shout-out to “Soaring Student” Ryan Cobb, who has been collecting cans for the hungry.
The first “Teacher Feature” was about Principal Sideris, who said “being a part of CHCA has allowed him to grow in his relationship with God.” Bringing some fun to the issue was ‘Cup of Jokes with Cam’, and ‘Super Sports’ which highlighted the successful Upper E volleyball season. Upper E artwork was highlighted, including The Eye by Artist of the Week, Gr 5 student Vincent Guitron.
“It is great to see a group of students passionate about something and willing to work to make it happen,” shared Dyson. “They saw a need and jumped at the opportunity to put their ideas into action. I have been impressed by their diligence and follow through, and I am excited to see how ENN: Eagle Nation News continues to develop and grow!”
While the paper’s contributing team currently consists of Gr 5 students (Claire Ballish, Ainsley Blair, Payton Huffstetler, Cameron Pollen, Abby Snell, Teagan Stover, and Sofia Thiess), the goal is to represent the entire Upper E Grades 4-6. Anyone interested in submitting artwork or a story should email Mary.Huffstetler@chca-oh.org.
Anyone can access ENN by picking up a copy at the Founders Campus and can look forward to it being published monthly. We look forward to seeing how this publication grows in the year (and hopefully years) ahead!
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