Journalism Students Bring in National Awards

CFISD journalism students recently won a series of national awards in writing, video and photo competitions.

NFPW High School Communications Contest
Jersey Village High School sophomore Jeleny Solorzano placed third in the National Federation of Press Women (NFPW) High School Communications Contest in the Yearbook Academic Photo category. Solorzano placed for her photo of senior Dylan Golvach, who was participating in a hands-on experiment in the physics lab.

Solorzano

“Jeleny Solorzano is the first student from this program to place in this national contest,” said Margie Comstock, Jersey Village publications adviser. “The school, the department and I are so proud that she represented us so well with this great academic photo.”

Cy-Fair High School senior Carly Wood received an honorable mention award in the NFPW contest in the Opinion category for her submission entitled “Shakespearean Stupidity.”

AAJA 2013 Journalism Camp
Jersey Village junior Monica Garcia was selected to attend the Asian American Journalists Association 2013 Journalism Camp this summer. Garcia is one of only 42 students selected from among hundreds of applicants to attend the all-expenses-paid summer workshop in Washington, D.C.

“Monica put together a beautiful portfolio with her designs, photography and writing  from three years of participating in the journalism program at Jersey Village,” Comstock said. “I am extremely proud that the AAJA selected her as one of the 42 students from across the US to attend this summer workshop. She is an outstanding student and she will take full advantage of this opportunity as she will be able to meet with so many professionals in the field of journalism this summer.”

STN National Spring Contest
Cypress Falls High School senior Zachary Babb placed third in the Live Interview category of the Student Television Network (STN) National Spring Contest.

The STN hosts contests for student-produced programs several times throughout the school year, and adheres to professional guidelines for student-produced work, thus ensuring that students are equipped with real-world knowledge during their education.

YJI Excellence in Journalism
Babb was also a finalist for the Youth Journalism International (YJI) Student of the Year in the 2013 Excellence in Journalism competition. He placed second in the Sports News category at the competition, and also took home an honorable mention award in the Multimedia Opinion category.

Cypress Falls senior Leah Lebeau won a first-place award in the Multimedia Opinion category of the YJI competition, and earned an honorable-mention award in the Features – Individual category.

YJI’s annual contest for teen journalists honored 87 talented students from 20 countries and 19 U.S. states. They collected awards for everything from news to reviews, with photographers, cartoonists, columnists and others securing honors for work published between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2012.

“Just the fact these students competed and won numerous times both at national and international competitions says everything about their talent as future journalists,” said Cypress Falls publications adviser Lisa Van Etta, who will retire after the school year. “I’ve done my job; I’ve taught them everything I know; I’ve prepared them to the best of my and their abilities. We have only to wait now, give them a few years of advanced education, more experience and sometime in the future it will be their faces and bylines appearing on ABC, ESPN and other major networks and in major papers such as the New York Times. I can’t wait to turn on the TV or pick up a paper.”