This collection includes the run of local youth magazine CLASS!, a free monthly news publication written by, for and about the high school students of Clark County, Nevada.
The magazine, produced by the nonprofit CLASS! Publications, was published every school year, September through May, with stories, photography and artwork by local students. Submissions filled such categories as news, technology, sports, entertainment, fashion, arts, college, and careers in addition to feature articles and editorials on issues important to today's teens. Articles were sent in by individual students or by their journalism or English teachers, collected from school newspapers, or written by the CLASS! staff of high school intern reporters.
The magazine also featured a special four-page, Spanish-language insert called ¡Diganos! ("Tell Us") that served Clark County’s Latino students and was used as a resource in many Spanish language classes.
High school teachers often incorporated the magazine in classroom discussions and curricula as well. Endorsed by the Clark County School District, CLASS! was the only outside publication allowed to be distributed inside Clark County high schools. Its circulation reached 40,000 at over 100 locations including nearly all public and private high schools in the greater Las Vegas area as well as local libraries and recreation centers in Henderson and Las Vegas. While trends change constantly, many teen interests and concerns remain the same from year to year - from learning to drive to getting into college. The articles in CLASS! reflect what young people want to know about and capture a portrait of local teen life in the early 21st century.