SOUTH KINGSTOWN â€“ Whether itâ€™s 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.
â€śIt gives you a place to write and you can actually see your work published. Itâ€™s free form. Youâ€™re free to write about what you want as long as you clear it with editors,â€ť 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.
â€śI 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 didnâ€™t 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€ť 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.
â€śItâ€™s about 15 kids that really get along. Itâ€™s really good chemistry. Itâ€™s been really positive. Itâ€™s something for the kids to be proud of,â€ť Ray Xavier, an advisor to the newspaper and guidance counselor at the school said.
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