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June 6, 2012

Journalism Club attends celebration at NCC

By Preston Johns and Sandybel Cedeno, Class of 2013

On May 16, 2012 we and our fellow classmates, staff members of The Eagle Eye, took part in the Philadelphia Prime Movers’ Media 6th Annual Year-End Awards Celebration at The National Constitution Center.   Upon arrival, the student MC was not in attendance so our fellow classmate, Rochell Henry, kindly stepped up and took the position with grace and was a natural.  It was like she was meant to speak on stage and she made the school proud!  She did a wonderful job and hopefully can be up there again next year.

Rochell Henry, student MC

It was an amazing time where we got to hear from great speakers such as bestselling author Solomon Jones.   Jones spoke to us about how the brightest of people can make the worst mistakes.  Jones’ speech was extremely motivating.  We learned a great lesson about life and how to handle things.

Another one of our classmates, Max Carrero, was a student speaker who shared his reflections about his work on The Eagle Eye.  He captivated the entire audience with his rendition of the song from Reading Rainbow and had everyone singing with him before he thanked Mrs. Kirby and the Prime Movers’ founders for the journalism program.

We also heard from Acel Moore and Dorothy Gilliam, Prime Movers’ founders, and we witnessed some of the wonderful writers get awards for what they wrote in their school’s newspapers or on their school’s websites.  Congratulations to our classmate Paige Hughes who was awarded Best Online Presence for her poetry on our site.  Congratulations to Mrs. Kirby, too, who was awarded Advisor of the Year!

After  enjoying a slide show of pictures from different schools and listening to the wonderful speeches and inspirational stories, we were able to sit down and socialize with people from different schools and see what they were up to and doing.  We look forward to participating again as seniors next year.

June 17, 2011

Journalism Clubs celebrate 5th anniversary

By Sheryl Kirby

The District recently celebrated the 5th anniversary of Philadelphia Prime Movers’ Journalism Clubs at The National Constitution Center.  Hosted by Sheinelle Jones, Fox 29 Reporter, 19 high schools were honored by Prime Movers’ National Director, Dorothy Gilliam, and famed Inquirer Reporter and Prime Movers’ Co-Director, Acel Moore, Sarah Glover, President of the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists, and various representatives from our District.

Our junior, Princess Kollie, was a student speaker who astounded the audience with her reflections on journalism. She told a brief story of her immigration to this country which caused her to fear speaking because of her strong accent and the rejection she felt from her peers. She used her love of books to turn that fear and criticism into a passion for writing, and thanked everyone for supporting the journalism program in our District. She received a long round of applause for her presentation. 

Five awards were given at the ceremony and GWHS received two of them! Princess was given an award for Best Editorial for her article on teenage pregnancy, and senior, Stephanie Pagan, was given an award for Best Online Presence for her poetry on our site. If you haven’t already done so, please check out The Eagle Eye at to see their work.

June 7, 2010

The Eagle Eye staff honored at the National Constitution Center

By Larry Liu, Class of 2010

On May 25, the students who contribute to this online publication,  The Eagle Eye, attended the Prime Movers’ Closing Ceremony with Mrs. Kirby and professional journalist, Shannon McDonald, at the National Constitution Center in Center City.

The Eagle Eye staff at the National Constitution Center

Prime Movers is a collaborative pilot program founded by the George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs and supported by Temple University’s Department of Journalism. Prime Movers’ purpose is to send professional journalists and university interns to mentor high school students from Washington D.C. and Philadelphia in creating their own print and broadcast programs.  Much of the equipment used by the school journalists, such as printers and computers, is provided by Prime Movers and the School District of Philadelphia.

Prime Movers’ director Dorothy Gilliam says,   “The Prime Movers Media Program combines mentors – professional journalists – with young minds, the resources of a great university, and the support of major news outlets to create a winning combination. We believe that Prime Movers can ensure that media organizations of the future are infused with the energy and the talent of a diverse body of young professionals that will play a vital role in our democracy.”

Speakers at the ceremony included Ms. Gilliam;  Joyce Evans, anchor and reporter of WTXF Fox 29; Dr. Lee Nunery, Chief of the Office of Institutional Advancement & Strategic Partnerships of the School District of Philadelphia; Steve Klugewicz, Director of Education of the National Constitution Center; and Andrew Mendelson, Chair of the Department of Journalism in the School of Communcations & Theater of Temple University.

The keynote speaker was Sarah Glover, Staff Photographer of Philadelphia Daily News.  Glover shared her early personal experiences with photojournalism that led her to view it as a career. She advised the high school students in the audience and aspiring journalists to network, work very hard, and defy the obstacles that come with a career in journalism. Glover concluded by showing a slideshow of her photos of President Obama’s campaign.

Four students also gave short reflections on their personal experience with journalism, including  Timothy Penglase, staff writer and photographer of our own online newspaper, The Eagle Eye.  Timothy gave thanks to the Prime Movers program.  “We have come a long way from last year. Last year we were printed on paper but now we have moved to the next generation. The Prime Movers program has influenced me in a way I could never have imagined. This program has influenced me to go for greater heights. This program has shown me that even one as young as I can make a difference through my words.”   Click on this link to watch Tim’s speech.

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