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Grant Magazine leaves mark on campus

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Inside Grant High School, a class with no textbooks, no midterms and no finals is leaving its mark on the community.

The campus printed the first issue of Grant Magazine just 3 years ago, and the publication immediately started racking up national awards.

Volunteer instructor David Austin supervises the young reporters and he welcomes controversial topics.

“I think I want them to see the possibility of what happens when you push harder, when you question authority,” Austin said.

“I've definitely learned in journalism that there is never a dumb question,” said senior Hunter Stewart.

A veteran of the Oregonian and current communications director for Multnomah County, Austin says he enjoys teaching cub reporters good journalism.

While the magazine covers high school topics like trash and trashy clothes, the latest issue questions whether Grant High School is ready for a shooting. 

The students have also tackled drug use, suicide and racism on campus.

“When the issue does come out there's this feeling of satisfaction that's pretty indescribable,” said sophomore Sarah Hamilton.

These reporters are driven by something bigger than awards or college credit. They want to answer important questions: like who are the people who fall through the cracks at Grant High School?

"It's important because it helps our community get better, to understand the stories of the people who are walking through the halls,” Austin said.

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