New Voices Texas is excited to announce a new expanded line-up of officers that will lead our organization and the fight to pass a law preventing censorship and clarifying the roles of administrators in the student publication process.
An appointment committee interviewed various interested applicants from across the state and selected five of them to join the ranks as officers in a newly expanded board of officers composed of seven members. This new board structure will provide expanded leadership opportunities and more specific areas of focus for each new board member.
The 2020-2021 board will be composed of the following positions and individuals.
Mylo Bissell — Akins High School in Austin, Texas
“I am involved in New Voices because when our principal stepped down it became a source of anxiety for our staff. We were left scared because of a lack of assurance that our right to publish what we wanted wouldn’t be protected. The work New Voices does gives me hope that we can put a stop to these anxieties for student journalists in Texas.”
Contact Mylo at firstname.lastname@example.org.
State Organizer Officer
Katlynn Fox — Hebron High School in Carrollton, Texas
“I am involved in new voices because I am passionate about liberating high school journalists and securing their rights. All journalists deserve to share their stories without fear of censorship or prior review.”
Contact at Katlynn at Katlynnfoxnewvoices@gmail.com.
Regional Organizer Officer
Mia Nguyen — Hebron High School in Carrollton, Texas
“I am involved in New Voices because writing without barriers is key to providing truthful news and sharing what is important. I hope to use this organization as a platform that encourages other student journalists to use writing to express themselves, and others’ stories, and strive for a truly free scholastic press.”
Contact Mia at Nguyenmia17@gmail.com.
Christine Vo — Lake Ridge High School in Mansfield, Texas
“I got involved in New Voices to stand up for the students within my community and fight for the freedom of student press throughout Texas schools. I want to be able to bring awareness to our movement on many different platforms that engage and expand our audience by creating visual messages to convey our motivation as well as keep everyone intertwined on our journey.”
Contact Christine at email@example.com.
Club Development Officer
Cade Spencer — James Bowie High School in Austin, Texas
“I have been a student journalist for five years, and I understand the important role a student journalist plays in a school community. I am eager for student journalists to have full press rights so that they can best fulfill their important role.”
Contact Cade at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Keana Saberi — Westwood High School in Austin, Texas
“My passion and writing skillset compelled me to take part in this organization, to fight for altered state legislation to protect the rights of the free press for high school journalism students facing censorship. I strive to fight for clearer and strengthened student press rights and to educate others on the importance of the free press, especially for student journalists.”
Contact Keana at email@example.com
David Doerr — Akins High School in Austin, Texas
“I am involved in New Voices because I have enjoyed working at a school where I have had the privilege of advising student publications without problems related to censorship or prior review by administrators. This experience has allowed our journalism students to produce ethically and responsibly produced news coverage that is relevant and important for our readership. However, I understand that not all advisers and students enjoy this experience. I believe that this should not be a privilege, but a right for all across Texans.”
Contact David at firstname.lastname@example.org.