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Maryvale student wins Al Neuharth Free Spirit Scholarship


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  • Craig Pletenik/Phoenix Union High School District

Maryvale High School student BrieAnna Frank doesn’t just want to be a journalist, she already is one, as a high school student.

She is one of only three paid student employees at KJZZ’s SPOT 127 Youth Media Center.  She has produced and reported for the local National Public Radio station, KJZZ. Her latest story was on teenage dating violence, and the awareness and prevention program Phoenix Union High School District brought to Maryvale earlier this year.

Frank has just been selected as Arizona’s winner of the Al Neuharth Free Spirit Scholarship, which includes an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. for a summer journalism conference held at the Newseum. Neuharth was the founder of USA TodayOne student is selected from each state. 

Frank has also been selected to attend another summer training conference hosted by the Asian-American Journalists Association at Emerson College in Boston, one of 43 students chosen.