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Losing their voice

COEUR d'ALENE - Coeur d'Alene High School's student newspaper, the Viking Voice, has printed its final pages.

The May 29 issue marked the end of the print era for the Voice, which has provided student news to the school for almost two decades.

"It's pretty sad," Voice editor-in-chief and sophomore Robin Chamberlain, 16, of Coeur d'Alene, said on Wednesday. "I think we should have tried a lot harder to get people to join next year so it would have had to stay. And I wish that students had more respect for it, so more people would be upset."

Accompanying the Viking Voice in its departure is CHS newspaper adviser Teri Asher, who is retiring from CHS after 17 years. For 11 of those years, Asher taught student journalism and led the way for young reporters, editors and photographers to experience first-hand what it means to run a newspaper in her seventh-period publications class.

"From what I know, and they haven't spoken with me directly, they're not offering it as a class next year," Asher said. "So, that eliminates that possibility, I think. You can't do it as an extracurricular thing. It needs to have the class time." More here. Devin Heilman, CdA Press

I think it would be a shame for students to lose this opportunity. Were you ever part of a school newspaper?

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Cindy Hval
Cindy Hval is a freelance columnist for the Voices neighborhood sections. Her Front Porch column appears twice a month in the Thursday Voice.