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September 28, 2011
This week kicks off the new year of LinkED School News, a monthly publication of O'Bannon Publishing Co. made up of the efforts of the five high schools in Harrison and Crawford counties.

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Lanesville Junior-Senior High School senior Mackenzie Johnston is a member of the new LinkED student editorial board. The students, who met last week for lunch in Corydon, will tackle issues important to teenagers in each issue of LinkED, a monthly publication featuring the work of students from Corydon Central, Crawford County, Lanesville, North Harrison and South Central high schools. Photo by Chris Adams
A fresh design, contests, challenges and surveys highlight this year's edition. The biggest addition, however, is Sound/OFF, an editorial board made up of students from each high school.

Students selected by their school are Quinton Coffman and Brittany Danko from Corydon Central, Lissie Massengale and J.D. Oglesby from Crawford County, Caitlin Johnson and Mackenzie Johnston from Lanesville, Lindsey Hornickel and Genna Brock from North Harrison and Morgan Bennett and Daelin Marsh from South Central.

Together, the student editorial board will "sound off" about a wide range of issues that affect today's teen-agers. For instance, this month's LinkED, which is out today (Wednesday), asked the students the following:

"As the economy has struggled for most, if not all, of your high school career, do you worry about what will happen to you after graduation? What can you do, both now and after high school, to set yourself apart from the rest of those looking for a job?

The responses students submitted provided insight into what they, as those about ready to leave the comfort of home and either go off to college or straight into the workforce, think, hope, believe and fear. They wrote about how the decisions they make today will impact their futures, perhaps more so than any generation before them.

Besides offering a monthly take on issues important to those in their age group, the student editorial board members will serve as the guiding voice behind LinkED. The students recently met for lunch in Corydon to get to know each other and discuss their visions for LinkED.

E-mail addresses were exchanged so they can stay in contact with each other between issues to trade story ideas, thoughts about future student editorial board topics and ways to better involve their entire school communities. They will be the faces of LinkED in their home schools.

In addition, all students will be able to stay connected through the new LinkED School News Facebook page, where they'll be able to participate in surveys and view additional articles and school-related photos and videos. It will serve as the hub for students in between the print issues of LinkED.

LinkED, in its third year, is published monthly during the school year and distributed to each student at the five schools and through the Clarion News and The Corydon Democrat. In addition to news, features and editorials, it includes poetry, creative writing, photography and more, showcasing students' talents

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