The student news site of Willow Springs Middle School

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About LeopardLife

LeopardLife is a student-run publication of Willow Springs Middle School in exemplary-rated Lovejoy ISD, located in Northeast Collin County in Fairview, Allen and Lucas, Texas.

LeoaprdLife is both a web news site and printed newsmagazine, printed throughout the academic year in a newsmagazine format and online weekly. The website and 16-page newsmagazine is distributed free to students and associates of Lovejoy ISD. Editorial content should not be taken as the policy of the administration or school board, unless so attributed. Coverage aims to be fair and unbiased pertaining to news and information for Willow Springs Middle School students and staff as well as the communities of Lucas, Allen and Fairview, Texas.

Follow LeopardLife on other social media networks: Twitter @LeoaprdLifeWSMS and Instagram Leopard_Life.

LeopardLife awards from 2008-2016 include several NSPA 1st class with marks of distinction,  ILPC awarded distinguished merit top awards 2008-2016; many first and other placings Individual Awards of Achievement for news writing, feature writing, editorial writing, photography, and layout. The newspaper received the prestigious STAR award from ILPC in 2016, recognizing the paper as one top scholastic publications in Texas and honoring the paper for its dedication to journalism and community service.

S. Nicole Nichols-Sanders is the LeopardLife journalism adviser and she may be contacted at Nicole_Sandersscreen-shot-2016-10-13-at-12-59-28-pm@lovejoyisd.net.  Sanders has advised the publication since 2008.  Prior to journalistic education, Sanders served and worked in communications and marketing for organizations and as a managing contributing editor and journalist for publications throughout Missouri, Arkansas, Florida and Texas. Sanders holds a bachelor of science degree from the Texas A&M University system and a MEd., in Educational Leadership and Conflict Resolution.  She is certified in school principalship, ELAR and Journalism.

 

 

Barb Smith is the adviser for the media and advanced media classes, including WSMS TV News.  Smith has a broad backgroud in TV and radio news. She is a graduate of the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville where I majored in English.  For the past 25 years, holdingmultiple roles at all major networks: Fox (WDAF & KDFW), NBC (KXAS), ABC (WFAA), and CBS (KTVT & WLWT).  In addition, I’ve been a news anchor, reporter, producer, traffic anchor, assignment editor and a news director; working in small markets like Lawrence, Kansas, medium markets in Cincinnati and Kansas City, and finally back home to the #5 market in Dallas, Texas.

 

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About LeopardLife