Junior Maggie Smith recognized for article on the environment

Maddie Barbar, Blueprint Editor

Junior Maggie Smith has been recognized in the Women’s Press Club of Indiana (WPCI)  High School Communications contest. Smith won second place in the category of environment stories for her Trojan Matters article, “COVID-19 vs. the Environment.” Smith’s article can be found in the September issue of the Trojan Matters magazine.

The WPCI is an affiliate of the National Federation of Press Women which is a United States based organization that works to expand equality for women in the newsroom. The organization began in 1913 with the intent of awarding women in journalism the proper acknowledgement and respect they deserve. 

The WPCI now includes both men and women working to make communications fields more inclusive. They operate as a non profit organization that conducts contests, offers scholarships, and hosts events for Indiana journalists. “I’m very excited to be recognized by such a great association,” said Smith. 

The WPCI high school journalism competition takes entries from some of the best high school journalism programs in the state. Trojan Matters advisor Mr. Troy Cockrum decided to enter Smith into the contest because, “I strongly believe in what the WPCI supports and I want our journalists to get some recognition for their hard work.” Smith’s achievement is a reflection of her hardwork and dedication to the journalism program of Bishop Chatard. 

This is Smith’s very first year on Trojan Matters and Blueprint staff. Her Blueprint articles can be found under her name on the staff roster. Smith has worked this year as the Features and Opinions Editor.  “I’ve been really impressed with Maggie this year because it’s been only her first year on staff. I’m really looking forward to seeing what she will achieve next year as well,” said senior Editor-in-Chief Corbin Hubert. 

Smith is now a state recognized award-winning writer. Her articles can be found under her staff bio on the-blueprint.org, and in the monthly editions of Trojan Matters.