Springfield High School for Science and Technology graduate, Gary Campbell, received a 2018 PRINDI Award for the commentary he produced as a Media Lab student. The piece — A Son Reckons With His Father’s Hunger To Escape Poverty ­— aired on NEPR’s popular morning news program, Morning Edition and was selected for the first place prize by Public Radio News Directors Inc., an independent organization of public radio news directors.

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“Gary is a wonderful young man who deserves to be recognized for his hard work. I know it wasn’t easy for him to take on some of the issues he experienced with his family. The vulnerability he allowed himself to embrace while working on his commentary is very present in the final piece. It underscores the importance of young people having a platform to tell their own story as an outlet to consider a way in which to heal and negotiate the adverse situations they are challenged with daily.”— Carlos McBride, NEPR Media Lab Director