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Press Freedom Awards Celebrate Support of Student Expression

Press Freedom Awards Celebrate Support of Student Expression

Presented by the Journalism Education Association, the First Amendment Press Freedom Award recognizes a small handful of public and private schools for creating a culture where students are empowered to responsibly use their voices.

Convent High School and Stuart Hall High School have each won 2021 First Amendment Press Freedom Awards, once again distinguishing Convent & Stuart Hall as a national leader for its exceptional support of student journalism. This is Convent's seventh press freedom award, more than any other private school in the award's 21-year history. 

Only 14 schools nationwide were recognized this year, and only a handful of private schools have ever received the award, which honors institutions that teach and support the First Amendment and allow student publication editors to make all final content decisions without prior review by the administration.

Seniors Charlotte Ehrlich and Grace Krumplitsch, editors-in-chief of The Broadview, and senior Sartaj Rajpal, one of The Roundtable's editors-in-chief, sat down with Scholastic Journalism & Media Director Tracy Sena to reflect on the major stories of the past year and the school's culture of free expression.