Brian Sweeney is an English teacher at Townsend Harris High School, where he advises The Classic, the school’s award-winning student newspaper. The Classic’s work has been cited by multiple professional outlets, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Associated Press, and Teen Vogue. Brian and two of his students received the 2017 Courage in Student Journalism Award from the Student Press Law Center. He was also honored as the journalism teacher of the year by the NYC Chapter of the Society for Professional Journalists. He currently serves as the president of the New York City Scholastic Press Association.