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Former Poinciana High teacher Kevin Steinhauser founded The Point in 2010.

Former Poinciana High teacher Kevin Steinhauser founded The Point in 2010.

Alessandra Argueta

Alessandra Argueta

Former Poinciana High teacher Kevin Steinhauser founded The Point in 2010.

Alessandra Argueta, Reporter

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The newspaper adviser who was instrumental for launching The Point from scratch eight years ago and now teaches in Colorado, returned to the publications room at Poinciana last month to share how the school paper came to be.

Kevin Steinhauser, who now teaches AP literature at Alice Preparatory School in Colorado Springs, was in town for a wedding.

Steinhauser launched The Point in 2010 as a vehicle to publish the articles written by reporters in journalism. He also served as the adviser of the school’s yearbook.

“It was my first year of teaching, and I didn’t have a newspaper background,” said Steinhauser, who said he saw a need and was determined to find a way to meet it.

Another newspaper was launched about a decade earlier called The Talon but folded after a few years.

The Point is now the longest running printed newspaper in Osceola County.

“Mr. Ellis was able to pick up the paper after I served as adviser for three years and I’m proud to see it still going strong,” he said.

Steinhauser said that Palfy’s daughter, Jacqueline Palfy, who graduated in 2012, developed the “Birds Words” section on the back page – which is the most popular feature with readers.

He said the name of the paper came from his wife.

“She said ‘why don’t you call it The Point, since that’s what everyone calls Poinciana,” he said.

He added the name to a list of other names brainstormed by the newspaper staff and “The Point” easily won with about 80 percent of the vote, he said.

Current Point adviser Jim Ellis said there would be no newspaper without Steinhauser.

“It was much easier for me to pick up where Mr. Steinhauser left off,” Ellis said.

Ellis said Steinhauser could have done the easy thing, which would have been to teach the journalism class as it had been taught for years – students learning about journalism instead of doing journalism.

“Any person who enjoys reading The Point today owes Mr. Steinhauser a debt of gratitude for launching the newspaper in 2010,” Ellis said.

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