Winston-Salem high school student wins national journalism award

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – A Winston-Salem student has won a national high school journalism award for reporting on the nutritional value of the food served in her school’s cafeteria.

Officials said that RJ Reynolds High School sophomore Sophie Hollis will take home the $300 fourth prize in the Healthy and Sustainable School Food Journalism Awards.

Earth Day Network presented the first-annual competition in partnership with the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, The Edible Schoolyard Project and the Epstein-Roth Foundation.

They said the goal of the competition is to bring the facts about school food to entire communities in the students’ own words. The articles had to appear in a school newspaper or another official publication to be eligible.

Hollis’s article was published in Pine Whispers, the student newspaper at Reynolds High School and featured interviews with local farmers, cafeteria staff, and fellow students.

“I wrote the article primarily to investigate how much of an effort my school was making to serve healthy meals to students,” said Hollis, in a prepared statement. “It is important that students who buy lunch are served healthy choices so that they form healthier habits as early as possible.”

Officials said Rachel Armstrong, a senior at Apopka High School in Apopka, Fla., won first prize for her analysis of the obstacles to providing nutritious cafeteria food in her school district.