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St. Joseph senior named Mississippi’s High School Journalist of the Year

MADISON (Friday, March 8, 2019) – St. Joseph Catholic School senior Garret Grove has been named Mississippi’s High School Journalist of the Year by the Mississippi Scholastic Press Association.

Grove is a reporter, anchor and weathercaster for St. Joe’s award-winning, student-produced, weekly newscast Bruin News Now. He also writes for the student newspaper The Bear Facts and interned during Christmas break at The Madison County Journal.

“I’m humbled by this honor,” said Grove, who will accept his award at MSPA’s annual high school journalism spring convention April 1 at the University of Mississippi.

“This award wouldn’t be possible if not for the great group of fellow high school journalists at St. Joe,” said Grove, who plans to study Broadcast Journalism in college. “Together, we produce outstanding work every week. I’m proud to be part of such a strong team.”

Grove, 18, advances to the National High School Journalist of the Year competition sponsored by the Journalism Education Association. The winner will receive a $3,000 scholarship; runners-up will receive an $850 scholarship. JEA will announce the 2019 winner this spring.

The Mississippi Scholastic Press Association is the statewide organization for high school journalists. Students at member schools publish newspapers, publish yearbooks and produce weekly as well as daily video newscasts.

St. Joseph Catholic School, located in Madison about a mile west of the Interstate 55-Mississippi 463 exit, was founded in 1870 in Jackson by the Sisters of Mercy. The school will celebrate its 150th anniversary in 2020.

St. Joe offers a seventh- through 12th-grade education with a rigorous college prep curriculum grounded in the teachings of the Catholic Church. St. Joe is accredited by AdvancED and overseen by the Catholic Diocese of Jackson.

Broadcast Journalism and Print Journalism are two of the many electives students can take at St. Joe. Grove has been a member of the school’s journalism program for three years, contributing to the school newspaper, yearbook and weekly newscast.

This year, Grove developed and anchors the popular weathercast seen every week on Bruin News Now. Grove also has contributed news and features stories, as well as periodically anchoring news and sports – all for the newscast.

R.J. Morgan, executive director of the MSPA, said Grove was chosen from among 20 student applicants based on the strength of his online portfolio. Grove will headline a new, select group of All-Mississippi high school journalism honorees at the MSPA convention.

“This was an extremely close race,” Morgan said. “But Garret’s incredible talent and the depth of his experience in both print and multimedia journalism made him a clear choice to be the standard-bearer for our state.”

St. Joe Principal Dena Kinsey said she can’t wait to see what the future brings for Grove.

“We are so proud of Garret,” Kinsey said. 

“Garret has worked very hard to achieve the success he has had,” Kinsey said. “He is an example of the kind of students we have at St. Joe – hard-working, dedicated students who thrive under the guidance of our outstanding faculty.”


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