Montgomery Blair High School’s Silver Chips student newspaper recently won the National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA) Pacemaker award as the newspaper celebrates its 75th anniversary.
The Pacemaker award is the most prestigious award in scholastic journalism.
Silver Chips was the only school that was nominated from Maryland, according to Silver Chips sponsor Joe Fanning.
“I think that Silver Chips has three main strengths. Our first strength is our exceptionally talented and dedicated student staff... Our Introduction to Journalism teachers also prepare them extremely well. Finally Blair has a tradition of excellence with Silver chips. This is actually Silver Chips 75th anniversary year. The students are cognizant of their legacy and they really strive to maintain this tradition of excellence,” Fanning said.
Silver Chips has been a NSPA Pacemaker finalists three times in the past four years in 2009, 2011 and 2012. In addition to winning this year, the newspaper also won the Pacemaker award in 2009.