WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield Board of Education recognized Westfield High School senior Greta Frontero on Tuesday for being named New Jersey High School Journalist of the Year by Garden State Scholastic Press Association. According to the district, the award includes the 2018 Bernard Kilgore Memorial Scholarship, a $5,000 scholarship award from the New Jersey Press Association.
Frontero wrote the piece about vaping at high school, “It’s Almost Normal to Juul Here,” for WHS student newspaper Hi's Eye that was re-published in TAPinto Westfield.
Her article caught the attention of a reporter at The New York Times.
“The reporter interviewed Greta for an article on the topic that ran April 7, calling Greta’s Hi’s Eye account ‘a true gem of reportage,’” Board of Education president Gretchan Ohlig said.
“We’re used to winning national awards for our work as a whole,” said Hi’s Eye adviser Warren Hynes. “What’s unique here in this year is that we have an individual winning such an important award for her work.”
According to Hynes, many of Frontero’s classmates did not want the story to be covered.
“The things that people don’t want to hear about are often times the things that need to be written about more,” he said.
Hynes went on to explain that not only was Frontero quoted in the Times article, but part of her Hi’s Eye article was featured in The New York Times piece along with a link back to the Hi’s Eye article.
“That, ladies and gentlemen, does not happen everyday. And that is completely Greta’s doing and we are just so proud of her,” he said.
Frontero will officially receive her award on Thursday in Hamilton, NJ.