About Us

45words represents the 45 important words of our First Amendment. These words contain the five freedoms that all Americans cherish. This group is a student-run group of students from across the country, who are leading the fight against censorship.

Our goals: support free speech for students, spread First Amendment awareness, connect with others within high school journalism and help students fight censorship. Learn more about us individually and post a message on our 45words Student Partners Facebook group.


Emily Aiken is a junior at Francis Howell High in St. Charles, Mo. She is the Web editor and broadcasting editor of her school’s publication, and she has been on staff for two years. She enjoys music and loves writing.


Manali Chavan is a senior attending Corona del Sol in Tempe, AZ. When she’s not busying writing for her school newspaper, she enjoys spending her time volunteering, taking photos and making sure her agenda is in tip-top shape.

Eden Kreighbaum

Eden Kreighbaum is a junior at St. Teresa’s Academy in Kansas City, Mo. She is the managing copy editor for the Teresian yearbook, and she also enjoys photography.


Tyler Paley is a senior at Communications High School in Wall Township, New Jersey.  He is currently the managing editor for his school’s internationally award-winning independent newspaper, The Inkblot.  Last year, Paley was the Web editor for the newspaper’s website.  This is Paley’s third year on the staff.  In his future, he hopes to become a sports journalist or play-by-play announcer.

Sarkar Photo

Suproteem Sarkar, a senior at Conestoga High School, is co-editor-in-chief of The Spoke, a National Scholastic Press Association Pacemaker-winning newspaper. He also serves as the Webmaster for the Pennsylvania School Press Association. Last year, Sarkar was news editor of The Spoke and he previously was the Web news director for Stoganews.com, a NSPA Pacemaker finalist. Sarkar won first place in the 2013 NSPA Multimedia News Story of the Year contest, placed first at the Student Keystone Press Awards for his work with Stoganews.com and has received several awards from the Pennsylvania School Press Association for news, opinion and design. Sarkar also placed first in the 2013 Columbia School Press Association Gold Circle Award contest for news writing with a story covering the effects of the Boston Marathon bombings on students, faculty, and alumni. In his free time, Sarkar enjoys fencing and playing the piano.

Mark Tague is a high school junior who has been involved in journalism for eight years while only being on his high school staff for two, considering a year-long prerequisite course being required during freshman year. He is a reporter and photographer for his yearbook, which is the Pinnacle, published spring in Carmel, Ind. Along with that, he photograph football for Time Warner Cable’s HS Game Center and will be going to Russia in March for the Winter Paralympics.

Other partners are: Nikki Ferrera, Hillsboroguh High School, Tampa, Fla.; Alyssa Andaverde, Kerr High School, Houston, Texas; Jacob Potash, Iowa City (Iowa) High School; Lavi Ben Dor, Conestoga High School, Berwyn, Pa.; Lily Stump, University City High School; Alice Mutrux, University City High School; Wendy Hayworth, Lee’s Summit (Mo.) High School; Sarah Heet, Kirkwood (Mo.) High School; Tyler Wornell, Raymore-Peculiar (Mo.) High School.




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