At the Journalism Education Association (JEA) and National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA) fall convention in Orlando, Fla., 15 SWCTA student journalists attended and participated in the JEA write-off competition. The convention began on Nov. 10 and ended on Nov. 15.

“Since it was the last journalism trip of senior year, we all took it to heart in everything that we did because this was really the last time where we would spend time with the journalism family outside of the school environment,” Business Manager Emily Yu said. “My favorite part would the bonding experiences that we had as a whole with the entire staff.”

Excellent

Nikki Molina, Althea Gevero, Alexis Drevetzki—Online News Package

Jorge Carrera—Photo Story

Brandon Hatch—News Editing/Headline

Honorable Mention

Precious Galang—Yearbook Student Life Photography

Kei Chua—Graphic Design: Logo

Ironn Signey—Yearbook (YB) Cover/Endsheets

Tamarra Navarro—YB Layout: Theme

Miruel Talaro—YB Copy/Caption: Student Life

“The experience of creating an online news package was stressful, but I enjoyed learning more about the different aspects of Disney World after talking to other journalism students from around the country and connecting with them over our mutual love for Disney,” Managing Editor Nikki Molina said.

Both staffs, the Howl and the Southwest Shadow, stayed at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel. 10 students from both staffs earned awards, and the Southwest Shadow was designated 1st place for the Best in Show—Online Publication (Small School).

“The convention was amazing, especially because our hotel was right next to Walt Disney World,” Jr. Editor-in-Chief Althea Gevero said. “Being able to compete in the online news package category allowed me to interact with people from all over the country who were attending.”

In addition, both staffs participated in journalistic workshops, team building exercises and excursions to NASA, Walt Disney World and more.

“It was an exhilarating experience for me to travel so far from home and really explore what the opposite side of our country has to offer. The convention was a great opportunity for young journalists to showcase what they’ve learned in an environment full of other people aspiring to learn the same things,” news writer Brandon Hatch said.