Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Winners of the 2015 Santa Clara University Communication Department High School Journalism Contest

Congratulations to the winners of the 2015 Santa Clara University Communication Department High School Journalism Competition

News Story
First Place
Naomi Zhao
Oregon Episcopal School
Journalism Teacher/Adviser: Rick Rees
“Genetic Engineering: Creating babies with three parents”

Writing for The Aardvark Dig at Oregon Episcopal School in Portland, Zhao examines the use of genetics to prevent birth defects, as well as the ethical implications of DNA research and funding.

Second Place
Vikul Gupta
Oregon Episcopal School
Journalism Teacher/Adviser: Rick Rees
“Evaluating the Aid-Givers: How a Portland lab and its commercial counterpart are revolutionizing third-world aid”

Gupta presents an indepth portrait of how non-profits and commercial enterprises are partnering in the developing world.

Honorable Mention
Collin Moore
San Marin High School
Journalism Teacher/Adviser: Scott MacLeod
"Leadership Strives for Lights”

Moore examines the efforts of the student government at San Marin High School to secure lighting for a campus sports facility.


Feature Story
First Place
Calla Slayton
Oregon Episcopal School
Journalism Teacher/Adviser: Robin Schauffler
"The Dividing Line"

Slayton movingly captures the reality of mental illness with a compelling profile of an art gallery where artists and their work are showcased in a positive light.

Second Place
Isabella Waldron
Oregon Episcopal School
Journalism Teacher/Adviser: Rick Rees
"A Case Study of a Contemporary Singer-Songwriter"

Waldron’s profile captures the life of a singer-songwriter, but also provides a primer on musical styles and creativity.

Honorable Mention
Kate Pippenger
Oregon Episcopal School
Journalism Teacher/Adviser: Robin Schauffler
"Becoming Gods"

Pippenger’s portrayal of Portland Taiko is a history of the Japanese drum and a portrait of a group of musicians dedicated to their craft.


Sports Story
First Place
Nick Corbani
San Marin High School
Journalism Teacher/Adviser: Scott MacLeod
“NFL Taking a Hit for Domestic Violence and Child Abuse”

Corbani reflects on the behavior of professional athletes and the NFL’s response to domestic violence in the San Marin Pony Express.

Second Place
Skyler Goldstein
Plymouth Whitemarsh High School
"A Return to Glory"

Goldstein breaks down the decline of soccer powerhouse FC Barcelona and offers a prescription for improvement.


Thanks to all the schools and student journalists who participated in this year's competition.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

2015 Rules and Entry Form

Santa Clara University
Communication Department
High School Journalism Competition
http://jcontest.blogspot.com

The competition honors exceptional work by high school journalists covering news, features and sports.

Competition Rules
Deadline: June 1, 2015
For stories completed May 2014 — May 2015
LATE ENTRIES WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED


Entry Requirements
• Applicants must be full-time high school students during the 2014-2015 academic year.
• One entry per person.
• Stories should be written by one author; multiple bylines are not accepted.
• Print entries must include the original tearsheets of the story, packaged as neatly as possible, plus one photocopy.
• Online stories must include one copy of the story printed from the web and include the URL for the story on the copy.
• A copy of the official entry form must be attached to the copy of the entry; the form may be photocopied.
• Email entries with attachments are not accepted.
• Editorials, reviews, and personal essays are not accepted. All stories should include original reporting and research.
• Stories must be at least 200 words in length.
• No more than ten total stories from each high school.

Awards
• A 1st Place Award will be presented in each of the three categories: News, Features, and Sports.
• At the discretion of the Review Committee, an honorable mention may be awarded.
• The Review Committee reserves the right not to present an award.



Entry Form


Deadline: June 1, 2015
For stories completed May 2014 — May 2015

Name:

Address:

Telephone:

Email:

High School Name:

High School Address:


Journalism Teacher/Advisor (If Applicable):

Journalism Teacher/Adviser Telephone:

Journalism Teacher/Adviser Email:

Name of Publication:
Title of Entry:

Category (Check One):             News                         Feature                        Sports
Date of Publication:

• Print entries must include the original tear sheets of the story, packaged as neatly as possible, plus one photocopy.
• Online stories must include one hard copy of the story printed from the web and include the URL for the story on each copy.
• A copy of this entry form must be attached to all tearsheets and copies of the entry; this form may be photocopied.
• Email entries with attachments are not accepted.

Send materials to:
High School Journalism Competition
Communication Department
Santa Clara University
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA  95053

Saturday, July 12, 2014

2014 Santa Clara University Communication Department High School Journalism Competition Winners Announced

Congratulations to the winners of the 2014 Santa Clara University Communication Department High School Journalism Competition

News Story
First Place
Sabrina T. Leung
Carlmont High School
Journalism Teacher/Adviser: Justin Raisner
"Flushing Out the Gender Separation"

Writing for the Scot Scoop News at Carlmont High School in Belmont, California, Leung covers the challenges transgender students face when using public restrooms. She provides in-depth reporting on the emotional aspects of the issue, as well as insight into the inconsistent legal patchwork of city, county, and state laws in place.


Second Place
Ben Rosenbaum
San Marin High School
Journalism Teacher/Adviser: Scott MacLeod
“Traditions Altered for Gender Equality”

Honorable Mention
Arianna Bayangos
Carlmont High School
Journalism Teacher/Adviser: Justin Raisner
"Bullying on Social Media"


Feature Story
First Place
Lillian Massaro
Oregon Episcopal School
Journalism Teacher/Adviser: Robin Schauffler
"Just Say Hello"

Massaro captures life at a homeless encampment with a long-form approach that is sympathetic, clear-eyed, and meticulously researched. The story was published in The Aardvark Dig at the Oregon Episcopal School in Portland.

Second Place
Teo Calvario
Jefferson High School
Journalism Teacher/Adviser: Susan Sutton
“Fans Bid Final Farewell to Candlestick Park”

Honorable Mention
Olivia Lamont
San Marin High School
Journalism Teacher/Adviser: Scott MacLeod
"I Need to be Buff"


Sports Story
First Place
Elia Chen
Monta Vista High School
Journalism Teacher/Adviser: Michelle Balmeo
"Four-foot-two MVHS Alumnus Ran Boston Marathon"

Chen profiles Danh Trang, a runner with far more ambitious goals than just finishing the Boston Marathon. The result is a compelling portrait of an athlete, a race, and a dream that appeared in El Estoque at Monta Vista High School in Cupertino, California.

Second Place
Elaine Luong
Capistrano Valley High School
Journalism Teacher/Adviser: Tara Razi
"Divers Commit to Top Colleges"


Thanks to all the schools and student journalists who participated in this year's competition. 

Thursday, September 19, 2013

2013 Santa Clara University Communication Department High School Journalism Competition Winners Announced


Congratulations to the winners of the 2013 Santa Clara University Communication Department High School Journalism Competition

News Story
First Place
Vijay Edupuganti
Oregon Episcopal School
Journalism Teacher/Adviser: Kara Tambellini
"The Few. The Proud. The Pained."

Edupuganti, writing for Blowfish, an online student publication, explores the mental health challenges faced by war veterans and profiles the healthcare workers trying to provide care and outreach in this compelling story.
Second Place (Tie)
Laura Darken
San Marin High School
Journalism Teacher/Adviser: Scott MacLeod
“Teaching to the Test”

Second Place (Tie)
Julia Raven
San Marin High School
Journalism Teacher/Adviser: Scott MacLeod
“Bridging the Academic Gap”

Feature Story
First Place
Natalie Lerner
Oregon Episcopal School
Journalism Teacher/Adviser: Alana Kaholokula
"Sex in the City Schools"

Lerner describes the evolution of sex education in Portland schools in a heavily reported and well-written story that appeared in Blowfish.

Second Place (Tie)
Anna Hardcastle
North Shore Hebrew Academy High School
Journalism Teacher/Adviser: April Zabinksy
“R.I.P. Amanda Todd”

Second Place (Tie)
Chloe Cheng
San Marin High School
Journalism Teacher/Adviser: Scott MacLeod
“Things to Know Before You Go: College Myths Exposed”

Second Place (Tie)
Lauren Gabrio
Oregon Episcopal School
Journalism Teacher/Adviser: Robin Schauffler
"A Room for Mercy"


Sports Story
First Place
John Truong
San Gabriel High School
Journalism Teacher/Adviser: Jennifer Kim
"Team Rituals and Cheers Increase Overall Confidence"

Writing in The Matador, Truong describes pre-game sports rituals with great detail and insight.

Thanks to all the schools and student journalists who participated in this year's competition. Critiques for all entries will be emailed to journalism advisers.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Winners from Oregon Episcopal School


Seniors Sam and Miranda from the Oregon Episcopal School in Portland won first-place awards in the 2012 Santa Clara University High School Journalism Competition. Both submitted projects they had done as part of the Literary Journalism Project in junior English classes with teachers Kara Tambellini and Rick Rees (at right). Sam won first place in sports writing for his article titled "Chump Car Racing: Real Racing, Real Tracks, Real Cheap Cars." Miranda received first place in news writing for "Shelving Books? The Fate of Independent Bookstores and the Printed Word." The stories were published in the Upper School's online newspaper, the Blophish, and can be read there by clicking the links above.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

2012 Winners Announced


Congratulations to the winners of the 2012 Santa Clara University Communication Department High School Journalism Competition.


News Story
First Place
Miranda Roethler
Oregon Episcopal School
Journalism Teacher/Adviser: Kara Tambellini
"Shelving Books"



Roethler, writing for Blowfish, an online student publication, examined the fate of independent bookstores and the printed word in the age of digital publishing. Judge Jeremy Herb, a reporter for The Hill, commented: "The author is clearly a talented writer and has a style that's both sophisticated and easy to read."


Feature Story
First Place
Camille Gacoscos
Jefferson High School
Daly City, CA
Journalism Teacher/Adviser: Susan Sutton Callahan

"Holocaust Survivor Shares Painful Past"



In Tom-Tom, the Jefferson High student newspaper, Gacoscos movingly detailed the life of George J. Elbaum and his struggle for survival during World War II. Judge Mick Normington called it a "compelling story that captured a compelling life."




Sports Story
First Place
Sam LeFeber
Oregon Episcopal School
Journalism Teacher/Adviser: Kara Tambellini
"Real Racing, Real Tracks, Real Drivers, Real Cheap Cars"


LeFeber describes the world of amateur auto racing in a fast-paced story that appeared in Blowfish. Judge Max Garrone praised the story's "incredible and compelling" use of quotes, and the author's ability to capture the racing scene.



Thanks to all the schools and student journalists who participated in this year's competition. Critiques for all entries will be emailed to journalism advisers.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Deadline is May 4th

Just a reminder that the deadline for the 2012 contest is May 4th. Please have your entries postmarked by that date. The entry form can be downloaded from the tab above or the link in the right-hand column.