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Ecker students craft own newspaper

Jared Whitley Of the Record staff

Extra! Extra! Students start newspaper!

Sixth-graders in Summer Marshall’s classes at Ecker Hill International Middle School are creating their own paper, Marshall’s Record, for which they write articles, take pictures, conduct surveys, draw cartoons, and learn how to become journalists.

Students write about a variety of topics, ranging from their own personal interests to international news. The Marshall’s Record includes book, movie, and restaurant reviews, profiles of educators, and a pie chart showing students’ favorite lunches.

Kimberly Thurman wrote an advice column about handling bullies and Caleb Case created a brain-teaser.

For the next Marshall’s Record, Noah Rusk is writing about efforts to produce oil in Madagascar.

"In my opinion, it’s important so we could lower the (gas) prices," Rusk said. "The people who really can’t afford oil, could afford it, or in case we’re really in need, we could use it for emergencies, like to warm things."

Steffany rd is writing about illegal immigration.

"People are trying to get into the United States so they can get jobs and get paid better to support their families," Byrd said. "They’re coming in illegally. They don’t have passes."

Immigration is more of an issue for New Mexico, Arizona, and Texas, but Byrd herself knows some immigrants here in Park City.

Like many journalists, Marshall’s students are learning to localize larger news issues. Alexa Nofsinger is researching West Nile Virus.

"My brother’s mom had it and she was in the hospital," Nofsinger said. "I don’t like mosquitoes. I’m afraid when I go out in the mountains I’m gonna get it when I get bitten by mosquitoes."

Erin Carmichael is writing about the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. "It’s kind of an interesting topic because we actually had the Olympics here, so I think a lot of people in Park City would like to watch the Olympics on TV and read about it," she said.

Megan Blackson is writing about the district’s grade realignment, which she doesn’t like because she wants to stay at Ecker Hill for her middle school years.

"I like this school," Blackson said.

Rachel Westrate is writing about the Utah Hunter Jumper Association awards banquet last Saturday, where she won a first- and second-place award for her horsemanship.

"It’s really interesting to me because I love horses and I love riding them," Westrate said. "I’ve learned even if you don’t do well, it’s a lot of fun to have all your friends there encouraging you."

Sports writing is popular for some of the student journalists. Jake Railton and Kade Johnson are writing about the Indiana Colts undefeated streak.

"Their team is really working together to win," Railton said.

They will "probably" win the Super Bowl, Johnson said.

Christian Olsen is writing about the championship little league football game he recently participated in. Readers "want to know what happened," at the game.

John Finch, also writing about the game, said, "We lost, so I’ll write about how we lost and what went wrong. I think it’s are a lot more entertaining than writing non-sports stuff."


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