Megaphone reporter receives national recognition

Senior’s article on athletes and technology earns kudos


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Senior Andrew de las Alas shows off his Best of SNO certificate.

Megaphone Staff

A story published in the Sept. 29 issue of the Megaphone has received national recognition by Student Newspapers Online, the online publisher of thousands of high school newspapers from across the country.

Senior Andrew de las Alas’s story on how athletes use technology to improve their practice and game skills was tabbed a Best of SNO story and will be posted on the SNO website the showcases outstanding student journalism and will be tweeted from the Best of SNO account.

High school journalism teachers submit their students’ best work to SNO, and only about 15% of these entries are named Best of SNO. During the from August, 2019 to May, 2020, for example, 20,000 stories were submitted, and only 3,000 from across the nation during the 2019-2020 school year were tabbed for recognition.

According to the SNO website, stories that feature engaging writing and unique angles are among the factors that result in an article being singled out.

This is de las Alas’s fourth year on the Megaphone newspaper staff. As a reporter for the newspaper, he has written, posted and published more than 80 articles over the past six semesters.

This marks the second time in two years that a Megaphone reporter’s article has made the Best of SNO list. Last year, a story written by Katie Darragh ’20 also was selected.