Greensboro, Ga. (October 31, 2018) – Lake Oconee Academy student Azariah Chester was named one of five high school students across Georgia to serve on the Georgia Scholastic Press Association Student Advisory Board (GSPA). The GSPA at the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism was organized in 1928 to promote the understanding and practice of journalism. The organization encompasses all forms of scholastic media including broadcast, literary magazine, newsmagazine, newspaper and yearbook.
Other board members include Cassidy Hettescheimer, Mill Creek High School; Avery Householder, Calvary Day School; Isabelle Manders, Marietta High School; and Paul Nickles, Thomson High School.
“I am excited to be a part of GSPA because of my interest in journalism and technology, especially broadcasting,” said Chester, a junior at LOA. “I felt this program would help me increase my experience and knowledge. My role in the GSPA as a Student Advisor is to assist in helping with the Fall and Spring conferences, attend virtual conferences monthly, and to serve as a general ambassador for the GSPA.”
“Azariah is such an important part of our LOATV crew,” said Mrs. Lindsey Chamberlain, Audio Video Technology and Film instructor. “She brings organization, creativity and leadership as one of the producers of LOA’s student news show, The Current. We are so proud to see her represent LOATV and the rest of the Lake Oconee Academy family on the GSPA Student Advisory Board.”
Lake Oconee Academy is a member of the GSPA. Eight LOA students attended the Fall Conference on Monday, October 22, 2018, at the University of Georgia Tate Student Center with over 900 students from across Georgia. Students attended workshops on a variety of topics including effective social media strategies, interview skills, and photojournalism.