Butts said he’s very proud of what the student reporters have been doing in print, on the radio, and on their broadcasts.
“They’ve done stories on suicide, drug use, dating and relationships,” he said. “Some of these are very difficult topics. We don’t censor what our kids do.”
The IHSPA started recognizing administrators who support student expression and scholastic journalism in 1988. This year there were two administrators honored — Butts and Dr. Patricia Flowers, principal at Connersville High School.
The IHSPA was started by two Franklin College students in 1922. It offers support for high school newspaper, yearbook, and broadcast staffs in the form of conventions, regional workshops, competitions, and resources.