FHNtoday Wins 2018 Pacemaker

Posted on 05/09/2019
FHNtoday staff members

By FHN senior Madison Abanathie

On Saturday, April 27, FHN’s student-run website FHNtoday.com was recognized as one of the top high school websites in the country with the National Scholastic Press Association’s Online Pacemaker award. Forty-two high school websites from around the country were named Pacemaker Finalists, but only 22 received the coveted award. FHN Journalism Adviser Aaron Manfull has compared the award to the Pulitzer Prize for high school journalists.

“The Pacemaker is widely seen as one of the top awards a student news media outlet can receive, so it’s a pretty big nod to any staff that is up for one or is fortunate enough to receive one,” Manfull said.

Managing Editor Madison Abanathie identified the award as one of her goals at the beginning of the school year. She is happy to see all the staff’s hard work rewarded at the end of the year. This is the second year in a row that FHNtoday has received the coveted Pacemaker and the seventh overall.

“I was watching the livestream on Facebook and it started buffering,” Abanathie said. “I was so worried that I was going to miss it, but then I heard The Kirkwood Call clear as day and then FHNtoday.com and I couldn’t believe it, I started shaking.”

NSPA presented the award at their annual spring conference in Anaheim, California. The FHNtoday staff was not in attendance, but they are still extremely proud of the website and the stories they have told this year!

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