Isabella Lehr '24 Selected for Al Neuharth Free Spirit & Journalism Conference
Isabella Lehr '24 has been selected as the sole Delaware representative for the 2023 Al Neuharth Free Spirit and Journalism Conference. Isabella will attend the conference in Washington, DC this summer from June 24-29. Students selected for the program receive an all-expenses-paid trip and a $1,000 scholarship to the college of their choice.
This is the second year in a row that an Archmere student has been given this award. Last year, Natalie Gildea '23 was the state representative. Isabella will serve as the Features Editor for the school newspaper, the Archmere Green Arch, in the upcoming school year.
From the Freedom Forum website:
The program was established in 1999 to honor Al Neuharth, founder of The Freedom Forum and USA TODAY. The conference is designed to inspire and encourage students to pursue journalism. Today there are more than 1,400 “Free Spirits” including journalists working for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Baltimore Sun, ESPN and network-affiliated TV stations.
Free Spirits have been described as people who “dream, dare, do.” Those are words that conference participants demonstrate each day, and they are the program’s motto.
“A free spirit can also be a risk-taker, a visionary, an innovative leader, or a courageous achiever who accomplishes great things beyond his or her circumstances,” said Neuharth, who died in 2013.