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SOUTH KINGSTOWN â Whether itâs the latest music review, a letter to future freshman or an editorial about parking woes, the new Prout School student newspaper, The Crusader Chronicle offers students a creative outlet to having their voices heard.
âIt gives you a place to write and you can actually see your work published. Itâs free form. Youâre free to write about what you want as long as you clear it with editors,â Sarah Marasco, a writer for the newspaper said.
The Crusader Chronicle had its first issue last January when senior Peter Ragosta had the idea of starting a student newspaper at the school.
âI think the students in our school need the voice and a way to express themselves. I wanted it to be a creative type of publication. I didnât want it to be too restrictive on anyone. We wanted to get everyone together for meetings and make it so everyone has a voice. The paper is for everyone. It gives us a voice to have the administration hear us,â Ragosta, the editor-in-chief said.
The newspaper is produced quarterly in a newsletter format with a colored front page. Ragosta said it takes three weeks to produce each issue to give students enough time to write their stories and to edit them. There is one editor-in-chief and each class has two editors.
âItâs about 15 kids that really get along. Itâs really good chemistry. Itâs been really positive. Itâs something for the kids to be proud of,â Ray Xavier, an advisor to the newspaper and guidance counselor at the school said.
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