Aside from learning about journalism and visiting monuments, students participated in various Student Media Contests sponsored by the JEA. These contests are meant to give students a taste of real-world journalism and provide constructive criticism and feedback so they can improve.
The following students were recognized for their contest entries:
Meg White '20 won Excellent in Commentary Writing. "I honestly had no clue what to expect going into the competition," White said. "I knew a bit about what the topic was, but overall, I was very new. To win an award for my first entry into a contest like this is a major boost to my confidence as a writer and journalist."
Olivia Oliver '20 won Honorable Mention in News Writing. "Frankly, I did not think I would get any award this year because with about 30 minutes left at the competition, I realized I had completely formatted my writing wrong, so I had to copy down the first two pages of my story all over again," Oliver said. "When I did find out that I got an award, I was really happy honestly because I did not think I would really get anything this year, and it was really nice to improve from last year."
Calista Stafford '20 won Excellent in Copy/Caption Sports. "Being my first convention, I did not know what the Copy/Caption competition was, but I write captions every day so I felt pretty comfortable going in," Stafford said. "It was actually a pretty fun experience, and it's reassuring as an editor knowing that judges think you're 'Excellent' at the basic part of your job."
Jackson Gardner '20 won Excellent in Copy/Caption Clubs. "It was great to finally win an award after going to the journalism convention for the third time," Gardner said. "I had been writing captions and stories all throughout high school, so getting recognized for it at my last convention was a big deal."
Wesley Tedrow '21 won Honorable Mention in Copy/Caption Academics. "Going into this contest, I really didn't expect to do well since I mostly do photo and video, not writing," Tedrow said. "Getting an 'Honorable Mention' honestly surprised me and made me realize that if I really wanted to start writing, I totally could."
Maddie Heineman '20 wins Honorable Mention in Broadcast Sports. "The fact that I won an 'Honorable Mention' means so much to me," Heineman said. "It shows that what I am doing is on track with some of the best, and with a little improvement and some tips, I learned I can get there."