About us

The Update is published nine times per school year at H.H. Dow High School in Midland, MI.


The Update provides an open forum for student expression and is distributed monthly from Sept. to May to the 1300 students and staff of H.H. Dow High School, 3901 N. Saginaw Road, Midland, Mich., 48640, free of charge. It is printed by the Midland Daily News and produced by members of the Advanced Journalism class.


Letters/comments are encouraged. They can be sent to dhsupdate@midlandps.org. They will be screened for libel, defamation and/or obscenity and may be edited for length. All letters must be signed, although the Editorial Board will consider withholding names upon request. Letters/comments may be rejected due to limited space, untimely material or unbalanced representation. A full editorial policy is on file in room 218.

Open Column

The ‘My Turn’ column is open to the whole school. Columns will undergo the same screening process as letters and can be submitted to dhsupdate@midlandps.org. All columns should be turned in to room 218 and should include the author’s name.


The Update is a member of the JEA, NSPA, CSPA, and MIPA.

The Update was a CSPA Gold Crown winner in 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007, and 2019. It was a Silver Crown winner in 2006, 2009, 2016, and 2017. It was an NSPA Pacemaker winner in 1999, 2000, 2002, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011, and a finalist in 2001 and 2003.

In 1989, 1999, 2000, 2004 and 2005 the Update won Best of Show in NSPA competition. It won second place Best of Show in 2006. It won eighth place Best of Show in 2007. It won third place in Best of Show in 2008.

The Update has won 28 MIPA Spartan Awards since 1989 and was inducted into the MIPA Hall of Fame in 2004.

Editors 2022-2023

Joe Craig

Emma Mertes

Bella Brown
managing design & graphics

Teagan O’Dell
managing news

Vlad Vasylyk
managing opinion

Hayden Culver
managing feature

Cole Kinney
managing sports

Hailey Deitsch
managing copy

Allison Sheets 
managing social media & managing photo

Elisa Costeux
staff writer

Cammie Hall


Questions, comments, or concerns? Feel free to contact us via any of the following methods.

Email: dhsupdate@midlandps.org

Facebook: The Update’s Page

Twitter: @DowHighUpdate

Instagram: @dowhighupdate

Snapchat: @dowhighupdate

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