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JEA awards 2 Future Teacher Scholarships

One of this year’s winners is a college senior with a journalism education major and the other is working on a master’s degree to take her media skills into the classroom. Each will receive one of this year’s $1,000 Future Teacher Scholarships from the national Journalism Education Association.

The award recipients are Roth Lovins of Ball State University and Jessica Hanthorn of University of Maryland.

Candace Perkins Bowen, MJE and JEA past president, chairs this scholarship committee. Also serving as judges were John Bowen, MJE, Scholastic Press Rights Committee chair; Susan Hathaway Tantillo, MJE, this year’s Linda S. Puntney Teacher Inspiration Award winner; and Maggie Cogar, CJE, a former Future Teacher Scholarship winner and JEA’s Ohio state director.

Lovins got his start in journalism on The Triangle newsmagazine and the Log yearbook at Columbus (Indiana) North High School, where he was a writer, photographer and designer, eventually becoming the managing editor of the newsmagazine and photo editor of the yearbook.
One reason Lovins wants to teach journalism: “My high school adviser, Kim Green, made her job as a journalism instructor seem like the best job in the world and that there was never a dull day on the job.” He also wrote in his application that the changing field and practices inspire him to “want to be able to learn these new techniques WITH my students so that we can tell stories the best way possible.”

Hanthorn impressed the committee with her enthusiasm for teaching. A former newspaper reporter who covered education in Virginia, she is now living on the small island country of Bahrain, teaching English at an American curriculum school with primarily Arabic students. In her application, she said she brings her journalism background to the classroom, and “I believe it is one of my strengths as a teacher.”

She plans to finish her master’s work from the University of Maryland and get Maryland Teaching Certification. She wants to teach at the high school level, preferably journalism.

Founded in 1924, JEA supports free and responsible scholastic journalism by providing resources and educational opportunities, by promoting professionalism, by encouraging and rewarding student excellence and teacher achievement, and by fostering an atmosphere which encompasses diversity yet builds unity. It is headquartered at Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas.

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