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Teen Voices OpEd Information

This project was started by Jennifer Wang, a student at East High School. She wrote the following letter to all students interested in submitting OpEd articles:

Dear Students,
Starting January 2018, LPS will be partnering with the Lincoln Journal Star to give you an opportunity to have a voice in your community. We are introducing a monthly Teen Voices column featuring the writing of young writers who wish to share their opinions with the larger community. Through this collaboration we are hoping to capture a wide-range of student perspectives from across Lincoln.
The Teen Voices column will rotate between the LPS high schools on a monthly basis. However, we will take proposals and submissions from students of any school year-long and reserve each piece for the assigned month. Each month, a student will be chosen to write on a topic of their choosing. Students will write a column (between 500-700 words in length) based on the following theme that includes their opinions on issues that impact them.

Your theme for this year is:
Students are encouraged to write about their experiences and perceptions of the world from their personal perspective and to talk about how daily experiences and macro-level happenings interact with their personal lives. They are also encouraged to tie their analysis to how it has affected their education and experience from high school and how high school experience and education has affected the way they view the world.

We encourage students to share information about this project and submission with their parents/guardians. Permission to publish must be obtained prior to submission to the Lincoln Journal Star since student names and attending high school will be published with the column. Submissions can be submitted to your school Journalism teacher and then shared with Mindy Murphy ([email protected]), Secondary ELA Curriculum Specialist, through Google Docs.

If you have any questions, please contact Mindy at 402-436-1803 or [email protected].

We are excited for your voices to be heard.
Jennifer Wang, Student Editor for Teen Voices
East High Student

The submissions can come from ANY student from the assigned high school (does not have to be a journalism student).


Successful submissions (by school) have had the following themes:

January (East)- Introduction to Teen voices and political impact on students

February (LHS)- Challenges of being a first generation immigrant

March (LSW)- Impact of Social Media on Students

April (LNS)- School shootings

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