Sunday, March 19, 2000

'Spark' generates glowing accolades

Enquirer Contributor

        LIBERTY TOWNSHIP — Dean Hume has a simple-sounding formula for the perennial success of Lakota East High School's student newsmagazine.

        “I used to coach baseball and one thing I learned is that you go out and you get the best people you can, you teach them the fundamentals, and then stay out of the way,” said Mr. Hume, journalism teacher and adviser to Spark, the monthly magazine.

        The former sportswriter, columnist and adjunct professor has a brochure to promote the English elective course.

        Spark usually runs about 40 pages. Students report on local, national and world news, write opinion pieces and raise the $20,000 needed to publish.

        Mr. Hume “gives us the tools we need so we can be successful on our own,” said senior Catherine Matacic of Liberty Township.

        Miss Matacic is a second-year Spark writer and editor and recent winner of a National Ernest Hemingway Writing Award, given by the Kansas City Star.


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