Southport senior Andrew Tapp (center) was named the Indiana High School Journalist of the Year at the Indiana High School Press Association’s First Amendment Symposium March 7 at the Statehouse.
The honor came with a $1,000 scholarship, and Tapp has been entered into consideration for the National High School Journalist of the Year, an award that will be presented in April.
Tapp, who plans to attend Johnson University in Knoxville, Tenn., is editor in chief of The Journal, Southport’s student newspaper. He joined paper as a writer his sophomore year and served as news editor last year.
Seen at the state Capitol with fellow Southport publications students and his teachers, Tapp serves as president of the Indiana High School Press Association. He has worked extensively to promote new voices legislation, which would give scholastic journalists in Indiana greater freedom over the material they report on.