Allie Veltkamp- Editor-in-Chief
Nicole Clark- Copy Editor
Kendra Coons- Feature Editor
Abbi Conley- Opinion Editor
Katie Weiler- Sports Editor
MacKenzie Weiler- School Editor
Nicole Clark- Arts and Entertainment
Harrison Owens- Online Editor
Mrs. Amy Holmes- Adviser
Hawk Nation Staff Policy
Hawk Nation is an online student produced high school publication which strives to publish important and entertaining information that is essential for the community to be informed about. Hawk Nation covers school, city, and state events that have an impact on the student body.
Hawk Nation is a publication made by the Cedar Springs High School newspaper staff. Stories that are published are continuously put onto the website throughout the year. Hawk Nation was made for the student body, but also serves as an information source for administrators and staff, the local community, and other journalistic programs. We realize that our publication is read by many individuals from outside of the high school, and we are open to any criticism and opinions from all our readers. However, all comments must me appropriate and non-liable. The Hawk Nation staff reserves the right to remove any inappropriate, obscene, degrading, or liable comments at any time.
The Editorial Board of Hawk Nation sets all policies and standards for the publication. It consists of Editor-In-Chief, Copy Editor, Business Manager, and numerous Section Editors. The Editorial Board makes all decisions together. If the Adviser disagrees, she may ask to re-evaluate the decision that is to be made.
Hawk Nation strives for accuracy, and careful, honest research in its presentation of material. The staff assumes responsibility for all facts reported. Rumors and gossip will not be the basis for any story that is published.
The paper operates as a public or open forum. Any non-fiction literary, photos and artwork is welcome to be submitted, though it may be reviewed by members of the Editorial Board. The author’s name will be included in the byline.
All letters to the editor must include the student name, signature, and class or if not a student the writers full name and return address. Letters also need to be free of obscene and libelous material. Names of the individuals may be held upon request. Letters should be addressed to the editor, placed in an envelope, and mailed to Hawk Nation c/o Cedar Springs High School, placed in Mrs. Holmes box in the main office or hand delivered to room E208. Letters may also be emailed to email@example.com.
Hawk Nation will publish constructive criticism supported by facts. Opinion writing of any action or policy will offer a practical suggestion, or alternative solution to the problem. Most of what is published is written by members of the Hawk Nation staff. The staff and the advisor are responsible for all the material that appears in Hawk Nation.
Stories that cover controversial issues and events may be published in Hawk Nation. The decision will be made by the Editorial Board before running the story, based on if there is a legitimate reason to run it. Controversial stories must represent both sides of the issue. When the story is completed, it will be reviewed by several editors to determine if the story is printable, and if revisions are necessary.
If a student or faculty member dies during the school year, Hawk Nation will print an obituary. It will include the cause of death, school activities and information on memorial contributions and funeral arrangements. Hawk Nation may contact the family of the deceased and may cover news associated with the death if approved by staff.
All staff members who do not follow the policy are subject to punishment. If any staff member is found in the possession of drugs or alcohol is subject to dismissal. Plagiarism is not tolerated, and a staff member will receive automatic dismissal from the staff.
The Hawk Nation staff can be reached at the following address:
Cedar Springs High School
204 East Muskegon Street
Cedar Springs, Michigan 49319