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Terrace Student Journalists Results

Terrace Student Journalists
Posted on 04/29/2019
The students listed below proudly represented MTHS at the 2019 JEA/NSPA national journalism convention in Anaheim where some 3,600+ students from across the country and around the world met to hone their craft, attend workshops and compete against tough national standards. A big shout-out to my colleagues Mike McLaughlin and Angelo Comeaux for helping make all this happen, too.
So, here are some of the exciting results:
  • National Journalist of the Year:
    • Senior Annika Prom, who earlier this year was named the Washington state journalist of the year by the WJEA, was named one of just six runners-up for the national award. Essentially, this means Annika has been named one of the top seven student journalists in the country! She was presented with a beautiful plaque and a wonderful scholarship. If you'd like to see her portfolio for this award, it's viewable here: https://annikaprom.wordpress.com/
  • On-site Competitions:
    • 1,021 students competed on-site
    • Senior TEMPO Editor Marianne Nacanaynay earned the only SUPERIOR in Yearbook Layout: Theme
    • Working as a team, senior Hawkeye co-editor Annika Prom, senior copy editor Matthew Hipolito, and junior news editor Nolan DeGarlais earned HONORABLE MENTIONS in Online News Package [https://thehawkeye.org/22157/feature/ffa-empowers-students-to-fight-for-their-futures/]
    • Senior Semira Beraki earned an HONORABLE MENTION in Review Writing
    • Senior Venessa Estrada earned an HONORABLE MENTION in Commentary Writing
    • Sophomore Jacob Jester earned an HONORABLE MENTION in Graphic Design: Logo
    • Freshman Jonah Paulsene earned an HONORABLE MENTION in News Writing
    • Freshman Sovanrom Sot earned an HONORABLE MENTION in Sports Writing
Also in attendance were Trinity Alber, Caroline Erdey, Ritika Khanal, Samantha Svikel, Tommy Tran, Jake Paulsene, Jonathan Kwong, Nathaniel Reyes, and HBN staff members Danny Vega and Cameron Ferguson. All of these students were wonderful ambassadors to this amazing national convention. 

Earlier in the convention, the following awards were presented to the organization and our school:
  • FAPFA – The First Amendment Press Freedom Award. This is the ninth time that MTHS has been named a recipient of this prestigious award!
  • Pacemaker Award – The Hawkeye's website – www.theHawkeye.org – received a Pacemaker Finalist award. This is considered the top award in scholastic journalism that an organization can earn.
And finally, last week we were informed of this amazing news:
  • Al Neuharth Free Spirit – Nolan DeGarlais has been selected to represent the entire state of Washington at this summer's Free Spirit Journalism Conference in Washington D.C. This is – unbelievably – an eight-peat for the Hawkeye with the past eight recipients coming from MTHS. Nolan will spend an all-expenses paid week in the nation's capital learning from the best in the news media. This is the ninth time that MTHS has had a representative chosen for the program and, frankly, it's life-changing!
Quite honestly, none of this would be possible without the support of our community, families, district and building administrators, our CTE department, teachers, support staff, etc. This is a very special place to teach and to learn and I never take it for granted. Thank you for all you do to make this a great place for student journalism to thrive.
Vincent F. DeMiero, CTE, CJE
Instructor/Adviser – Hawkeye & TEMPO
Mountlake Terrace High School
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