(COVINGTON, La.) — The Paper Wolf Sports Editor Carson Caulfield has been picked from many contestants to represent the state of Louisiana at the 2017 Al Neuharth Free Spirit and Journalism Conference, which will take place at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., on June 17-22, 2017. The conference is held in honor of the late American businessman Allen “Al” Neuharth, who died in 2013. Also an avid writer, Neuharth is responsible for the conceptions of USA Today, the Freedom Forum and the Newseum Institute.
“It’s such an honor to get the opportunity to attend this conference” said Caulfield. “I not only have the chance to represent the state of Louisiana, but also St. Paul’s and the Paper Wolf.”
Caulfield’s achievement comes after years of experience in the field of journalism. He first began writing for The Paper Wolf in 2013 as a contributing writer, and he became a staff writer and a member of the editorial board by taking the journalism class at St. Paul’s this year. Since his first article, Caulfied has climbed to be the most-read author in the publication’s history, captivating readers with his recount of the tragic injury of fellow student Michael Doherty, and bringing history back to life in his “Top 5 True St. Paul’s Urban Legends” piece. In addition, Caulfield has been recognized by the Louisiana Scholastic Press Association for both his writing and photography.
“The opportunities given to me by the Paper Wolf and Mrs. Christi Simoneaux have not only allowed me to express my talents, but have also put my work in the position to be seen by other journalists and really, the whole world,” said Caulfield.
Caulfied is the sole representative of Louisiana, and the award includes a $1,000 scholarship to the college of his choice plus all expenses to attend the conference. At the Al Neuharth Conference, Caulfield will have the opportunity to interact with professionals and executives in the media field and tour the many monuments, museums and attractions in Washington, D.C.
“I can’t wait for D.C.,” Caulfield said. “Nick (Ashton) has been filling me in on some of the details and activities of the conference, and it’s just making me more exited.”
Caulfield’s selection has made 2017 the second consecutive year that the Louisiana representative to the Al Neuharth conference has been a staff member of The Paper Wolf. Last year, former Paper Wolf Editor-in-Chief Nick Ashton was chosen to attend the 2016 conference.
“It has been a true honor to work with both Carson and Nick,” Journalism teacher Christi Simoneaux said. “They both have a passion for journalism and a level of commitment that is rarely seen at the high school level. I’ve been blessed to have both of them on my editorial team and couldn’t be more proud of their accomplishments, both as individuals and as leaders. They have earned every bit of recognition and then some. I can’t wait to see where this journey takes them next.”