The Voice, a student newspaper at Lakota West High School, is currently in the running for a grant from Pepsi’s Refresh Everything Project. Competing against a variety of other charitable and youth organizations, journalism students are hoping to fund new equipment for their class by receiving the most votes on refresheverything.com.
Established in 1997 with the separation of Lakota High School into Lakota East and Lakota West, the Voice provides journalism students the opportunity to report, write, edit and publish news stories, opinions and reviews within an open forum. The free publication, created entirely by students, is distributed eight times a school year to West students, faculty and the community.
With the grant, the Voice student staff would purchase new editing software, new cameras and a new scanner, amidst other journalism supplies. Any excess funding would be saved to finance future issues, fundraisers and equipment.
Readers and supporters can use their Facebook or Pepsi accounts to vote for the Voice’s cause through January 31 at refresheverything.com/thevoice. In order for the student paper to receive the grant, it must be within the top ten finalists.