, Derry, New Hampshire

April 3, 2014

Londonderry Spirit editor excels in journalism

By Julie Huss

---- — LONDONDERRY — There is a lot of good news going around Londonderry High School.

The school’s student newspaper, Lancer Spirit, works hard every month to bring a new issue to print highlighting town and school community issues, people and events.

Emily Casey, the newspaper’s editor, has been honored and will represent the state of New Hampshire this summer at the Al Neuharth Free Spirit Scholarship and Journalism Conference.

Emily, an LHS junior, will travel to Washington to attend the conference at the Newseum.

She continues a long tradition of student journalism success in Londonderry.

Emily is the eighth Lancer Spirit editor to receive the honor since 2008.

For her, it’s all about the news.

Emily said she loves journalism because it gives her an opportunity to be creative, meet new people, and bring news to the school and community.

“I love the whole aspect of reporting and (writing about) people doing newsworthy things,” she said. “We’re bringing the people a source of information.”

Recent stories in the Lancer Spirit have ranged from stories on the marijuana laws to a feature story on a Londonderry teacher who owns a Westminster Dog Show champion chinook.

Emily also has a big hand in design work and oversees her team of editors and reporters to put out the best product they can.

Lancer Spirit advisor Mary DeWinkeleer calls Emily “special and phenomenal” when it comes to handling the work it takes to put out a monthly school newspaper.

“She works very hard,” DeWinkeleer said.

Lancer Spirit will soon be available online, as well as in print. Putting the news online is something the newspaper team has wanted to do for several years, DeWinkeleer said.