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Featured story: Taking the high road

The three components of this story about substance use add up to over 5000 words and took over 30 hours to write. The various stories in this package includes a main story published in El Estoque’s Dec. magazine about a former student’s experience with drugs and a print column on my experiences in creating this story as well as an online package including another student’s experience with drugs and various expert’s opinions on drugs. Look below for a glimpse of the main story.

She fiddles with the tab on her green tea soda can, tapping her fingers on the table. She glances around a little apprehensively at the people seated at the tables nearby in the Olive Court – perhaps the location is a little too close to the MVHS main office for comfort. Before we start the interview, I tell her that everything she says will be completely anonymous. She double checks. “Not the grade?”