Neshaminy teacher wins state award
LANGHORNE Tara Huber, adviser to Neshaminy High School's student newspaper, the Playwickian, has been named journalism teacher of the year by the Pennsylvania School Press Association.
Under Huber's guidance, the paper made national news recently by refusing to print the name of the school's team name, Redskins, despite pressure from the school board and administration.
"I am privileged to advise the finest journalists in the state," Huber said in an e-mail. "Not only are they talented writers, they are guided by a strong moral compass. These mature and courageous editors have made me extremely proud this year in the face of extreme adversity."
In her nomination of Huber, Jane Blystone, professor at Mercyhurst College and longtime Pennsylvania student journalism expert, said Huber "supports her students insisting on their First Amendment rights. Great advisers stand up under the duress of challenge as Tara has."
Huber, an English teacher, has been the student newspaper adviser for 14 years. - Kathy Boccella