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Student newspaper gets new life at Hampshire Regional High School

  • SARAH GANZHORN<br/>Hampshire Regional High School junior Lily Trotman, left, and freshman Caitlin Kazunas look over copies of the school's new student newspaper, the Raider Report, during a meeting of the paper's staff.

    SARAH GANZHORN
    Hampshire Regional High School junior Lily Trotman, left, and freshman Caitlin Kazunas look over copies of the school's new student newspaper, the Raider Report, during a meeting of the paper's staff.

  • SARAH GANZHORN<br/>Hampshire Regional High School senior Megan Brennan, right, confers with junior Sasha Clapp during a staff meeting for Hampshire Regional's new student newspaper, the Raider Report. Brennan is the paper's editor-in-chief.

    SARAH GANZHORN
    Hampshire Regional High School senior Megan Brennan, right, confers with junior Sasha Clapp during a staff meeting for Hampshire Regional's new student newspaper, the Raider Report. Brennan is the paper's editor-in-chief.

  • SARAH GANZHORN<br/>Megan Brennan, right, a Hampshire Regional High School senior and editor-in-chief of the school's new newspaper, the Raider Report, presides over a newspaper staff meeting attended by junior Sasha Clapp, left, and others.

    SARAH GANZHORN
    Megan Brennan, right, a Hampshire Regional High School senior and editor-in-chief of the school's new newspaper, the Raider Report, presides over a newspaper staff meeting attended by junior Sasha Clapp, left, and others.

  • SARAH GANZHORN<br/>Hampshire Regional High School junior Lily Trotman, left, and freshman Caitlin Kazunas look over copies of the school's new student newspaper, the Raider Report, during a meeting of the paper's staff.
  • SARAH GANZHORN<br/>Hampshire Regional High School senior Megan Brennan, right, confers with junior Sasha Clapp during a staff meeting for Hampshire Regional's new student newspaper, the Raider Report. Brennan is the paper's editor-in-chief.
  • SARAH GANZHORN<br/>Megan Brennan, right, a Hampshire Regional High School senior and editor-in-chief of the school's new newspaper, the Raider Report, presides over a newspaper staff meeting attended by junior Sasha Clapp, left, and others.

“I just wanted to breathe some life back into it,” said Brennan, editor-in-chief of the newly renamed The Raider Report. “It’s important to know what is going on in different sections of the school.”

The inaugural eight-page issue, published in June, included news articles on changes in the class schedule at Hampshire Regional, student council elections, sports, theater productions and two pages of student artwork and puzzles. Another issue came out in September.

Last week, Brennan and other members of the newspaper team — juniors Sasha Clapp, Lily Trotman and freshman Caitlin Kazunas — were hard at work on the latest issue scheduled for publication Oct. 30. It will feature an article about fall fashions and student reactions to the high school’s new gender-neutral policy of having girls and boys wear the same color graduation caps and gowns, Brennan said.

The school pays for printing 300 black-and-white copies of the paper, which is produced by anywhere from 10 to 16 students in an-after school club.

What has Brennan learned from being editor? “It’s inspired me to take a path to being some kind of leader,” she said. “I like running things.”

The Raider Report also has an active Facebook page.

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