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Journey to National Convention: live blogging from Bagpiper Journalists

By Grace Runkel

I am writing our final update for the 2013 Spring National High School Journalism Convention several thousand miles in the air, over some nondescript, very flat state.

The last two days have been packed, as all convention attendees have attended classes, contests, critiques, and various must-see places around the city. My Friday began with a workshop with Twitter’s editorial director Karen Wickre, who told students who to utilize Twitter to maximize their publication’s impact.

Later that day adviser Michelle Balmeo from Monta Vista High School taught a lesson over 40 different websites that allow students to create interactive material for their online publications. I cannot wait to see some of these tools implemented on the Bagpiper Online and hear your feedback about them.

The dreaded contest sessions and critiques took place Friday afternoon, where students competed against others from around the country. Instead of first, second, or third place, work could receive three rankings: honorable mention, excellent, and superior.

After attending more classes Saturday morning, we left the hotel and explored San Francisco’s iconic Chinatown. This ended up being one of my favorite sights to see. It was kind of surreal to feel so immersed in Chinese culture without even leaving the states.

The convention came to a close Saturday afternoon with the nearly three hour long award ceremony. Pacemakers, Best of Show, and Student Journalist if the Year awards were given out followed by the results of Friday’s write-off contests.

We are all proud to announce that co-editor-in-chief Anna Boone received an excellent for her newspaper layout design, and my newsmagazine layout design received a superior.

This trip has been a phenomenal experience and the support we received from everyone as we fundraised and planned our trip amazes me. We are all truly grateful.

Thanks for following along these past couple of days, and see you bright and early at school tomorrow. I’ll be the one struggling to cope with a three-hour time change.


Twitter’s editorial director Karen Wickre speaks with student journalists about using the popular social media site to promote their publications.


San Francisco’s famous Chinatown, complete with pagoda rooftops and lanterns hanging in the streets.

Even the street art in Chinatown embodies the essence of this vibrant culture.

Journey to National Convention: live blogging from Bagpiper Journalists

By Grace Runkel

Wednesday was the day that would not end.

After being forced to land at the Indianapolis Airport for several hours, we were finally able to catch a flight to Washington. Washington, D.C. on the east coast. Where did we want to be? The west coast.

After a five minute layover we jumped onto a plane that would finally take us to San Francisco. Six hours later we were finally at our destination.

We successfully maneuvered our way through the BART and checked into our hotel.

The rest of the night was spent exploring the Union Square area, which really just means we went shopping.

The real sightseeing began Thursday.

The number one stop on everyone’s wish list was Alcatraz, so we made that our top priority. We hopped on a cable car, rode it to Fisherman’s Wharf, and took the ferry to the infamous rock.

Alcatraz was perfect. From the views, to the buildings, to the actually interesting audio tour, this stop was a definite hit with everyone.

The afternoon was spent walking around Pier 39 and Fisherman’s Wharf. The highlight of the day, however, was the cable car ride back to the hotel when Anna and I got to hang off the side of the car. If you ever go to San Francisco you have to do this.

Just be careful: it can be kind of tight when other cars pass by.

Back at the hotel we were registered for convention. And it was crazy. Never have I ever seen so many high school journalists in one place. I feel kind of bad for anyone else staying in the hotel this weekend.

The last event if the night was the opening ceremony. Keynote speaker Richard Ross spoke about the power each individual has to start a movement and shared work from his latest project: Juvenile In Justice







A Week in Guatemala: live blogging from McKenna Click

By McKenna Click

Editor’s Note: For the extent of Spring Break, the Bagpiper will be having photographer McKenna Click reporting on her experiences in Guatemala. Click will be updating on the events of Northside Christian Church’s youth mission trip to build houses in Guatemala.

It is currently 1:56 in the afternoon and I am preparing to leave on my first out of country mission trip. I am attending a mission trip to Guatemala with Northside Christian Church.  I am not the only FC student that is attending this mission trip.  In fact, on my flight (there are three flight groups) some familiar faces include; junior Baylie Burd, senior Kim Foster, junior Deja Jones, sophomore Kristina Foster, sophomore Austen Jones, and junior Trevor Smith.

This morning we were required to be at the airport no later than 12:40.  Once at the Louisville International Airport we formed a circle, prayed, then got checked in and made our way through security.

Right now we are currently waiting to board our first flight (we are the last group to leave) to Miami.  From Miami we  will fly to Guatemala, with a little over a two hour lay over in Miami.  Overall, the feeling here at the airport is that we are ready to fly already (as demonstrated by the amount of candy being thrown at other people right now.)

For now that is all I am going to write (it is a little hard to write when candy is being thrown at you) but I will check in later.

Southern Indiana students laugh and enjoy themselves as they wait for their flight to Guatemala to serve people there. Photo by McKenna Click.

The Big Apple: live blogging from senior Jared Murray

By Jared Murray
Guest Reporter

It’s 10:29 p.m. on March 3 and the FC Symphony Orchestra is almost home! Despite sitting on a bus all day long watching Mean Girls and Spongebob,  it’s been exhausting and right now almost everyone is catching up on lost sleep. I’ll have to admit, I originally did not want to go on this trip. I went 3 years ago and figured that I saw and heard everything I needed to then. Why I thought that is beyond me, because one can never fully understand New York and I’m truly glad I came again and was able to perform at the Lincoln Center one more time.

Thank you FC Bagpiper for letting me show you an inside look into the FCHS Symphony Orchestra, I’ve really enjoyed it!

Blogger, out.

The Big Apple: live blogging from senior Jared Murray

By Jared Murray
Guest Reporter

It’s 3:21 p.m. on Saturday March 2, and the orchestra is setting out to the high seas for a dinner cruise, dressed to impress, of course. Earlier today we competed in the finals of The National School Orchestra Championships. Although we did not place in the top four, we received a nice participation trophy. I won the award for Best Low String Solo for my solo in the piece “Oblivion” by Astor Piazolla! Right now I am standing in line for the buffet on the ship, and it looks delicious. I have yet to have a bad meal here in New York and I doubt I will before we leave. After dinner we are moving upstairs to dance on the dance floor. Hopefully no one will take a picture of me in the middle of an embarrassing dance move. After dinner we’re going to see Mary Poppins on Broadway. This is my second Broadway show and I’m really excited! This is our last night in the city so I’m hoping to make it legend. . . wait for it. . . dary!

 Make sure to keep checking the Bagpiper Online for more updates on our travels!