The North Carolina Scholastic Media Association (NCSMA) named Riverside senior Maya Gacina one of North Carolina’s top student journalists.
A finalist for the Rachel Rivers-Coffey North Carolina High School Journalist of the Year award, Gacina will receive a $1,000 scholarship and $250 for Riverside’s newspaper program at the NCSMA’s summer journalism workshop at UNC-Chapel Hill. She as the second-consecutive Riverside student to receive the scholarship, after 2016 graduate Morgan Whithaus.
Gacina is co-editor of Riverside’s student newspaper, The Pirates’ Hook. She covers stories about Black Lives Matter, Durham CAN Youth’s call for DPS to hire additional guidance counselors and Riverside’s new principal.