My year as Editor in Chief of the Chronicle

Look back at all our 2016-2017 editions here. Read all of the Volume 14 editions here. 


Marijuana legalization goes up in smoke after resounding loss in November 3 election

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Pot smokers hoping to legally smoke a joint in Ohio will have to wait after Issue 3 burned to ashes on election day.

Issue 3 stood to legalize recreational and medicinal marijuana, but it granted only 10 sites the right to cultivate and sell it. An early October poll by Quinnipiac University indicated 53 percent of Ohio voters were pro-legalization, but support plummeted on November 3: 36 percent voted “Yes” while 64 percent voted “No.”

To legalize, voters also needed to reject Issue 2–a provision that forbade monopoly, and therefore Issue 3, under the Ohio constitution. The measure passed with 52 percent in favor and 48 percent against.

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Chronicle dominates Ohio Scholastic Media Association 2015 Contest

Listed below are the awards I received from the Ohio Scholastic Media Association 2015 Contest:
General Feature — Honorable Mention
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News Feature — Honorable Mention
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Commentary — Excellent
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Online Opinion — Excellent
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The Chronicle dominates: 
-Overall Online News Site — First Place
-Overall Newspapers — First Place
For a full list of all Chronicle recipients, click here.


Picture from The Alliance for Young Artists and Writers (AYAW) Blog

I submitted a collection of five poems to the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards this year. After winning a Regional Gold Key award, I progressed to national jurisdiction from which I received a National Gold Medal. Congratulations to all our Mason entrants and winners.

Scroll below to read my submissions. 

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