Launch Pad is the student newspaper of OJSHS. All students in grades 6-12 are welcome to join the staff. We meet twice monthly on Tuesday mornings at 7:30. Staffers are responsible for writing stories that are newsworthy to our school community. Editors proofread and revise those stories, as well as layout the publication.
We hold memberships with Quill & Scroll (an international honor society for high school journalists), the Southern Illinois School Press Association, and Illinois Journalism Education Association. High school members can compete in individual journalism events at SISPA and IHSA Sectionals and State.
Recognitions: 2011- SISPA Blue Banner Award recognizing Launch Pad as one of the top student newspapers in southern Illinois for schools under 300 enrollment.