Isbell keeps HHS journalism on track

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September 20, 2019 - 3:59 PM

Kim Isbell work with seniors Taylor Beeman, left, and Kirsten Rourk at Humboldt High School.

HUMBOLDT — Early one afternoon this week a dozen students walked into Kim Isbell’s room on the second floor of Humboldt High School. No idle chatter, no horsing around. They promptly sat down at work stations and began their role in producing the school newspaper, Cub Tracks, or a long-term yearbook project.

Isbell, newspaper and yearbook advisor since 2005, has created a culture, in her words, “that is like a family. I want kids to want to be here” — as well as create award winners.

Allen Wilhite, who made Humboldt High the envy of prep journalism departments statewide, won 13 state championships. Isbell hasn’t missed a beat, adding 11 to the total, including nine straight.

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