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Thursday, March 10, 2005

From the High School Free Speech Front:

"If they feel an article isn't appropriate, they will pull it -- or ask the student to make changes to it. They said that isn't censorship. They said they're just approving or not approving what goes in. What's your definition of censorship?"

--Hawley Kunz, co-editor of the Warrior News, Weber High School, Pleasant View, Utah. The principal ordered prior review of the monthly newspaper after an editorial critical of the condition of the school's running track. (3/8/05)


Wellsville student juggles scholarship and beauty school

By Jeremy Wilkins

February 1, 2005 | WELLSVILLE -- Corrie Blackham, 18, was chosen as Mountain Crest High School's Sterling Scholar for the Family and Consumer Science category in mid-December of last year.

Blackham is one of 12 students from Mountain Crest nominated to represent their school for the region and state competitions which will take place in February and March, to decide who will be the one given the Sterling Scholar award for the state in their category.

"Corrie's been a good student ever since she started school and she's been self-motivated after school to start her homework," said Pam Loosle, Blackham's mother. "She's one of the kids that if it's due Friday she starts it many days in advance, she doesn't start it Thursday night."

Tuition waivers and many scholarships are available to nominees chosen by their school and if they win region and state competitions the amount of tuition waivers and scholarships increase, Blackham said.

Created by the Deseret Morning News and KSL Television, the Sterling Scholar award is given to focus attention on exceptional high school seniors to encourage the pursuit of excellence and to recognize them publicly as well as award cash scholarships and tuition waivers from participating institutions, states the 2005 Handbook for Sterling Scholar Awards.

"There's a lot of peer pressure and a lot of other things you want to do because you're not going to be young forever," Blackham said. "You have to grow up, but you want to do other things at the same time."

Aside from perfect attendance and good grades at Mountain Crest, Blackham is also attending New Horizons Beauty College in Logan in hopes to put herself through college as a beautician. Her graduation at the beauty college is currently scheduled for Aug. 5, just months after her graduation from high school.

Blackham attributes her inspiration to Alana Lange, one of her teachers at Mountain Crest. "I like the way she teaches," Blackham said, "I like the way students look up to her."

Last year when deciding what she should do after high school, Blackham said she spoke with Lange and asked her how she got started. Lange told her of how she had attended a beauty school, gone to college and then became a teacher. Blackham said that she thought about what Lange told her for three days and then went and applied at New Horizons Beauty College, was accepted and started June 15 of last year. She said she plans to follow in Lange's footsteps and become a teacher also.

"I plan to be a family and consumer science teacher at a high school, maybe be the next Martha Stewart," Blackham said, "but not go to jail."


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