Southport High School senior Andrew Tapp was named the Indiana High School Journalist of the Year at the Indiana High School Press Association’s (IHSPA) First Amendment Symposium held at the state capitol building. The award earned Andrew a $1,000 scholarship from the IHSPA. It also enters him into consideration for National High School Journalist of the Year, an award that will be given at the JEA/NSPA National Convention in San Francisco in April.
Andrew is the Editor in Chief of The Journal, SHS’s student newspaper. He joined The Journal as a staff writer his sophomore year and then served as the publication’s news editor last year. He’s currently the president of the IHSPA student board, and he has worked extensively to promote New Voices Legislation, which would give scholastic journalists in Indiana greater freedom over the material they cover.