NCSMA is an opportunity to grow the next generation of journalists. As a journalism teacher, what I teach in the classroom gets strengthened by the instructors at NCSMI. Two of my former students who attended have gone into Public Relations and Journalism. What they learned through NCSMI, and through the materials NCSMA provides for teachers, provided them a strong foundation. One of my students, Hope Freeman, won the Daily Tar Heel scholarship, and that day, she committed to being a journalist. Were it not for NCSMA and all it does for student journalism, teachers like myself would not have a leg to stand on in North Carolina

— Traci Latta, R.J. Reynolds High, Winston-Salem