Awards & Recognition

CSPANSPAJEALVRJQuill and ScrollNFPWBall StateSNSJYouth Journalism InitiativeATPI
CSPA Gold Circle Awards

April 2018

Editorial Writing | Third Place | Editorial Board

Cartoons | Second Place | Isabelle Del Rosario

Informational Graphic | Third Place | Editorial Board

February 2017

In-Depth news/feature story | Certificate of Merit | Alexis Drevetzki and Althea Gevero

General or Humor Commentary | Certificate of Merit | Vinh Tran

Photo Illustration | Certificate of Merit | Kei Chua

February 2016

News Feature | Second Place | Alexis Drevetzki

On-Campus Personal Opinion Issue | First Place | Summer Thomad

Headline Writing | First Place | Nikki Molina

February 2015

Editorial Writing | Certificate of Merit | Southwest Shadow Editorial Board

General or Humor Commentary | Certificate of Merit | Alex Nedelcu

Single Spot News Photograph | Certificate of Merit | Michelle Manuel

February 2014

First Person Experience | Ceritificate of Merit | Alex Nedelcu

Single Spot News Photograph | 3rd Place | Alex Nedelcu

Single Spot News Photograph | Certificate of Merit | Terri Dang

June 2013

In-Depth News/Feature Story | 3rd Place | Bserat Ghebremicael, Jordan Sutton, Tazia Statucki

First Person Experience | Certificate of Merit | Alex Nedelcu

General Feature | 2nd Place | April Bitanga

Non-Fiction Interview | 2nd Place | Bserat Ghebremicael

Briefs Writing | 3rd Place | Marina Triplett

Briefs Writing | Certificate of Merit | June Santos

Single Spot News Photograph | 1st Place | April Bitanga

Single Spot News Photograph | 2nd Place | Elaine Wong

Single Feature Photograph | 1st Place | RJ Reyes

News Online Design Website | Certificate of Merit | Bserat Ghebremicael and Jordan Sutton

June 2012

Personality Profile | 2nd Place | Bserat Ghebremicael

Headline Writing | 1st Place | Nadia Manivong

Headline Writing | 2nd Place | April Bitanga

Caption Writing | 1st Place | Angelina Marcee

Caption Writing | 2nd Place | Lea Ligutom

Caption Writing | 3rd Place | Tazia Statucki

Briefs Writing | 1st Place | Nadia Manivong

Briefs Writing | 3rd Place | Faith Manley

Briefs Writing | Certificate of Merit | Nathalie Saligumba

CSPA Critique

December 2017 | High School Digital Publication | Gold Ranking with All-Colombian Honors (Visual & Verbal)

December 2016 | High School Digital Publication | Gold Ranking with All-Colombian Honors (Visual & Verbal)

August 2015 | High School Digital Publication | Gold Ranking with All-Colombian Honors (Visual & Verbal)

August 2014 | High School Digital Publication | Gold Ranking with All-Colombian Honors (Essential, Verbal & Visual)

August 2013 | High School Digital Publication | Gold Ranking with All-Colombian Honors (Essential, Verbal & Visual)

August 2012 | High School Digital Publication | Gold Ranking with All-Colombian Honor (Verbal)

August 2011 | High School Digital Publication | Gold Ranking with All-Colombian Honor (Visual)

CSPA Crown Awards

March 2018 | High School Digital Publication Gold Crown

March 2017 | High School Digital Publication Gold Crown

March 2016 | High School Digital Publication Gold Crown

March 2015 | High School Digital Publication Gold Crown

March 2014 | High School Digital Publication Silver Crown

Best in Show

Dallas Fall Convention November 2017 | Online Publication (small school) | 1st Place

Seattle Spring Convention April 2017 | Online Publication (small school) | 2nd Place

Indianapolis Fall Convention November 2016 | Online Publication (small school) | 1st Place

Orlando Fall Convention November 2015 | Online Publication (small school) | 1st Place

Denver Spring Convention April 2015 | Online Publication (small school) | 10th Place

San Diego Spring Convention April 2014 | Online Publication (small school) | 1st Place

Boston Fall Convention November 2013 | Online Publication (small school) | 9th Place

San Francisco Spring Convention April 2013 | Online Publication (small school) | 5th Place

San Antonio Fall Convention November 2012 | Online Publication (small school) | 8th Place

Seattle Spring Convention April 2012 | Online Publication (small school) | 6th Place

NSPA Critique

August 2018 | All-American Ranking w/four Marks of Distinction

November 2017 | All-American Ranking w/five Marks of Distinction

September 2016 | All-American Ranking w/five Marks of Distinction

September 2015 | First Class Ranking w/one Mark of Distinction

December 2014 | All-American Ranking w/five Marks of Distinction

May 2014 | All-American Ranking w/four Marks of Distinction

June 2013 | All-American Ranking w/five Marks of Distinction

June 2012 | First Class Ranking

December 2011 | First Class Ranking

June 2011 | First Class Ranking

December 2010 | Second Class Ranking

NSPA Pacemaker Awards

April 2018 | Online Pacemaker Finalist

April 2017 | Online Pacemaker Winner

March 2017 | Online Pacemaker Finalist

March 2016 | Online Pacemaker Winner

April 2014 | Online Pacemaker Winner

April 2013 | Online Pacemaker Finalist

NSPA Individual Awards

April 2016 | Feature Picture of the Year | Ninth Place | Emily Yu

April 2016 | News Picture of the Year | Fifth Place | Emily Yu

April 2015 | News Picture of the Year | Fourth Place | Jorge Carrera

April 2014 | Cartooning Award | Honorable Mention | Andrea Galvan

Journalist of the Year

2018 Nevada Journalist of the Year | Cassie Valdez

2017 Nevada Journalist of the Year | Alexis Drevetzki

Write-off Contests

Chicago Fall Convention November 2018

Yearbook Copy/Captions: Sports | Honorable Mention | Alyx Beeten

Yearbook Copy/Captions: Academics | Excellent | Kenneth Talusan

Yearbook Copy/Captions: Clubs | Excellent | Samantha Wilson

Yearbook Copy/Captions: Student Life | Honorable Mention | Cosette Zielinski

Literary Magazine: Photography | Excellent | Kiara Ivas

Graphic Design: Logo | Excellent | Zhen Yu

General News/Spot News Photography | Superior | Kyle Bayudan

First-Year Photo | Superior | Vanessa Robbins

Online News Package | Superior | Grinesa Bajrami, Charli Gisi and Noel Sarte-Saad

San Francisco Spring Convention April 2018

Review Writing | Honorable Mention | Shareen Basyari

Commentary Writing | Excellent | Cassie Valdez

Yearbook Copy/Captions: Academics | Honorable Mention | Alyx Beeten

Yearbook Copy/Captions: Clubs | Honorable Mention | Kenneth Talusan

Yearbook Copy/Captions: Sports | Superior | Kiara Ivas

Yearbook Layout: Cover/Endsheets | Honorable Mention | Lauryn Kern

Yearbook Layout: Inside Pages | Excellent | Russel Valdez

Yearbook Layout: Theme | Honorable Mention | Kiana Tibule

Literary Magazine: Poetry | Honorable Mention | Eriyale Williams

Literary Magazine: Photography | Honorable Mention | Mackenzie O’Mara

Graphic Design: Logo | Honorable Mention | Zhen Yu

Dallas Fall Convention November 2017

Feature Photography | Honorable Mention | Justine Ho

Newswriting | Julia Cox |Honorable Mention

YB Layout: Inside Pages | Excellent | Russel Valdez

YB Copy/Caption: Student Life | Excellent | Cosette Zielinski

YB Copy/Caption: Academics | Kiana Tibule | Superior

Photo Portrait | Arielle Fernandez | Superior

Seattle Spring Convention April 2017

News | Honorable Mention | Julia Cox

Commentary | Excellent | Cassie Valdez

Academics | Superior | Kenneth Talusan

Student Life | Honorable Mention | Brooke Sorensen

Inside Pages | Superior | Russel Valdez

Logo | Excellent | Zhen Yu

Advertising | Excellent | Jewel Granados

First Year Photo | Excellent | Kiara Ivas

Online News Package | Superior | Arielle Fernandez, Alexis Drevetzki, Althea Gevero

Indianapolis Fall Convention November 2016

Online News Package | Honorable Mention | Arielle Fernandez, Alexis Drevetzki, Althea Gevero

Feature Photography | Honorable Mention | Jackie Romo

Commentary | Honorable Mention | Cassie Valdez

Inside Pages | Superior | Russel Valdez

Orlando Fall Convention November 2015

News Editing/Headline | Excellent | Brandon Hatch

Photo Story | Excellent | Jorge Carrera

Online News Package | Excellent | Alexis Drevetzki, Althea Gevero, Nikki Molina

Yearbook Student Life Photography | Honorable Mention | Precious Galang

Graphic Design: Logo | Honorable Mention | Kei Chua

Yearbook Cover/Endsheets | Honorable Mention | Ironn Signey

Yearbook Layout: Theme | Honorable Mention | Tami Navarro

Yearbook Copy/Caption: Student Life | Honorable Mention | Miruel Talaro

Denver Spring Convention April 2015 

News Editing/Headline | Honorable Mention | Brandon Hatch

Editorial Writing | Honorable Mention | Danijel Zekanovic

Online News Package | Superior | Nikki Molina, Jenika Chiang, Acel Soriano

Sports Writing | Superior | Migi Contreras

Commentary Writing | Superior | Summer Thomad

Newswriting | Honorable Mention | Tyler Antonio

Rising Star Award | Adviser Mr. Matthew LaPorte

Washington D.C. Fall Convention November 2014

Review Writing | Superior | Althea Gevero

Commentary Writing | Superior | Alex Nedelcu

Online News Package | Superior | Acel Soriano, Nikki Molina, Jen Chiang

Yearbook Layout (Theme) | Honorable Mention | Tami Navarro

Photo Story | Honorable Mention | Emily Yu

Yearbook Copy/Caption: Student Life | Honorable Mention | Miruel Talaro

San Diego Spring Convention April 2014

Review Writing | Excellent | Althea Gevero

Copy Editing/Headline Writing | Excellent | Jorge Carrera

Yearbook Layout (Theme) | Excellent | Tamara Navarro

Yearbook Layout (Inside Pages) | Honorable Mention | Shamaeka Pagado

Online News Package | Honorable Mention | Jenika Chiang, Danijel Zekanovic, Patricia Ascano

Boston Fall Convention November 2013

Review Writing | Excellent | Sahar Kanfi

News Writing | Excellent | Jenika Chiang

Editorial Writing | Honorable Mention | Jacob Berroya

Advertising | Honorable Mention | Michelle Manuel

San Francisco Spring Convention April 2013

News Writing | Honorable Mention | Jenika Chiang

Feature Writing | Honorable Mention | RJ Reyes

Review Writing | Honorable Mention | Sahar Kanfi

San Antonio Fall Convention November 2012

Editorial Writing | Honorable Mention | Jordan Sutton

Review Writing | Honorable Mention | Sahar Kanfi

Seattle Spring Convention April 2012

Online News Package | Superior Ranking | Bserat Ghebremicael, Jordan Sutton, Tazia Statucki

Editorial Cartoon | Honorable Mention | Rochelle Mae Ruiz

Annual LVRJ Journalism Awards

May 2018

Best News Website | First Place

Best Editorial | Third Place | Editorial Board

Best Opinion Writing (Humorous) | Third Place | Vinh Tran

Best Opinion Writing (Pro-Con) | First Place | Vinh Tran, Cassie Valdez

Best Editorial Cartoon | Third Place, Honorable Mention | Isabelle Del Rosario

Best Feature Story | First Place | Cosette Zielinski and Jackelyn Romo

May 2017

Best News Website | First Place

Best Opinion Writing (Serious) | First Place | Cassie Valdez

Best Opinion Writing (Pro-Con) | Third Place | Vinh Tran, Cassie Valdez

Best Editorial Cartoon | First Place | Isabelle Del Rosario

Best Sports Feature | Third Place | Jackie Romo, Alexis Drevetzki

Best News Story | Second Place | Althea Gevero, Angelique Zuviri

Best Feature Story | First Place | Althea Gevero, Alexis Drevetzki

Best Review Story | Second Place | Althea Gevero

Best News Photo | First Place | Russel Valdez

Best News Photo | Second Place | Julia Cox

Best Feature Photo | Second Place | Vinh Tran

May 2016

Best News Website | Second Place

Best Photo Illustration | First Place | Kei Chua

Best Opinion Writing (Serious) | First Place | Summer Thomad

Best News Story | Second Place | Tyler Antonio

Best Review | Second Place | Nikki Molina

Best Review | Third Place | Vinh Tran

Best Editorial | Third Place | Editorial Board

May 2014

Best Editorial | Honorable Mention

Best Informational Artwork | Honorable Mention

Best News Story | First Place

Best Review | Second Place

Best Sports Photo | Second Place

Best News Photo | Third Place

May 2012

Best News Website | 1st Place

Best News Story | 3rd Place | Elaine Wong

Best Feature Photo | 1st Place | Jordan Sutton

Best Entertainment Story | 3rd Place | Michelle Manuel

Best Sports Feature | 3rd Place | Bserat Ghebremicael

Best Editorial Cartoon | Honorable Mention | Rochelle Mae Ruiz

Best Opinion Writing/Humorous | 2nd Place | Tazia Statucki

May 2011

Best News Site | 1st Place

Best Editorial | 2nd Place

Best News Photo | Honorable Mention | Jordan Sutton

Best Feature Story | Honorable Mention

Best Entertainment Story | Honorable Mention | Bserat Ghebremichael

News Media Evaluation

September 2018

George H. Gallup Award | Highest Honor

September 2017

International First Place Award

September 2016

George H. Gallup Award | Highest Honor

NFPW High School Communications Contest

April 2018

Contest At-Large Designations

Columns/Blogs | First Place | Cassie Valdez

Opinion | First Place | Shareen Basyari

Yearbook Layout | First Place | Kiana Tibule

Columns/Blogs | Third Place | Vinh Tran

Cartooning | Honorable Mention | Isabelle Del Rosario

Editorial | Honorable Mention | Southwest Shadow Editorial Board

March 2017 

Contest At-Large Designations

Columns/Blogs | First Place | Cassie Valdez

News/Feature Photo | First Place | Julia Cox

Cartooning | First Place | Jack Rourke

Editorial | Third Place | Southwest Shadow Editorial Board

Feature Story | Second Place | Althea Gevero

Feature Story | Honorable Mention | Maggie Shepard

Review | Honorable Mention | Adriana Cayetano

2015

Personality Feature | Excellent | Brandon Hatch

Multimedia Storytelling | Excellent | Nikki Molina, Acel Soriano, Jen Chiang

2013

Best Multimedia | Jen Chiang

Best Feature Photo | Michelle Manuel

Best Feature Story | RJ Reyes

Best Editorial Story | Editorial Board

2018 Newspaper

Best-in-Show HS Online News Site | All-Nevada

News Writing | Superior | Cassie Valdez

News Writing | Superior | Kyle Bayudan and Shareen Basyari

Feature Writing | Excellent | Jackelyn Romo and Cosette Zielinski

Feature Writing | Honorable Mention | Shareen Basyari and Kyle Bayudan

Profile Writing | Excellent | Eriyale Williams

Review Writing | Excellent | Noel Sarte-Saad

Review Writing | Honorable Mention | Shareen Basyari

Humorous Opinion Writing | Honorable Mention | Vinh Tran

Serious Opinion Writing | Superior | Cassie Valdez

Serious Opinion Writing | Honorable Mention | Cassie Valdez

Staff Editorial Writing | Superior | Southwest Shadow Editorial Board

Staff Editorial Writing | Superior | Southwest Shadow Editorial Board

Column Writing | Superior | Cassie Valdez

Column Writing | Excellent | Vinh Tran

Headline Writing | Excellent | Sofia Islam

Caption Writing | Superior | Sofia Islam and Cassie Valdez

Caption Writing | Excellent | Cassie Valdez

Online News Package | Superior | Jackelyn Romo and Cosette Zielinski

Online News Package | Honorable Mention | Cassie Valdez

News Photo | Excellent | Shareen Basyari

News Photo | Honorable Mention | Grinesa Bajrami

Feature Photo | Superior | Justine Ho

Feature Photo | Excellent | Cassie Valdez

Photo Story | Superior | Maggie Shepard and Cassie Valdez

Photo Story | Excellent | Noel Saarte-Saad

Editorial Cartoon | Superior | Isabelle Del Rosario

Editorial Cartoon | Honorable Mention | Isabelle Del Rosario

Infographic | Superior | Sofia Islam

Infographic | Excellent | Cassie Valdez

2017 Newspaper

Best-in-Show HS Online News Site | All-Nevada

Feature Writing | Superior

Sports Feature Writing | Superior

Profile Writing | Superior

Caption Writing | Superior

News Photo | Superior

First-Year Photo | Superior

Online News Package | Excellent

Photo Essay | Excellent

Editorial Cartoon | Excellent

Editorial Cartoon | Honorable Mention

News Writing | Honorable Mention

Review Writing | Honorable Mention

Feature Photo | Honorable Mention

Sports Action Photo | Honorable Mention

Feature Writing | Honorable Mention

Staff Editorial Writing | Honorable Mention

Headline Writing | Honorable Mention

2016 Newspaper

Best in Show HS Online News Site | First Place

News Writing | Honorable Mention

Feature Writing | Honorable Mention/Honorable Mention

Sports Feature Writing | Honorable Mention

Profile Writing | Superior/Superior

Review Writing | Excellent

Humorous Opinion Writing | Superior/Superior

Serious Opinion Writing | Honorable Mention

Op-Ed Writing | Superior

Column Writing | Excellent/Honorable Mention

Headline Writing | Excellent

Caption Writing | Superior/Honorable Mention

News Photo | Honorable Mention

Feature Photo | Excellent

Sports Reaction Photo | Excellent

First-Year Photo | Superior/Excellent

Photo Essay | Excellent/Honorable Mention

Photo Illustration | Honorable Mention

Editorial Cartoon | Honorable Mention

Illustration | Excellent/Honorable Mention

Infographic | Excellent

Website Design | Honorable Mention

2017

Student Journalist of the Year | Winner | Althea Gevero

Journalism Educator of the Year | Finalist | Matthew LaPorte

Cartoons | First Place| Jack Rourke

Columns | Second Place| Cassie Valdez

Editorial | Honorable Mention | Editorial Board

Feature Writing | Honorable Mention | Althea Gevero

Feature Writing | Honorable Mention | Jackie Romo

Profile | First Place| Maggie Shepard

Reviews | Second Place| Adriana Cayetano

2016

Journalism Educator of the Year | Finalist | Matthew LaPorte

Reviews | Honorable Mention | Nikki Molina

Columns | Second Place | Summer Thomad

Music Reviews | Second Place | Althea Gevero

Feature Writing Team | First Place | Alexis Drevetzki

Profile | Second Place | Alexis Drevetzki

Feature Writing Team | First Place | Migi Contreras

2015

Feature Writing | Honorable Mention | Alexis Drevetzki

Reviews | First Place | Althea Gevero

Photo Illustration | Second Place | Amanda Galvan

Cartoons | Honorable Mention | Andrea Galvan

Editorial | Second Place | Editorial Board

Feature Photo | Second Place | Migi Contreras

Music Reviews | Honorable Mention | Nikki Molina

Columns | Second Place | Summer Thomad

Journalism Educator of the Year | Finalist | Matthew LaPorte

November 2017

Beginner Cell phone/Smartphone | Honorable Mention | Arielle Fernandez

Beginner Cell phone/Smartphone | Honorable Mention | Desiree Jacobo