YHS?students earn journalism awards

Youngsville High School students entered the NWPA High School Journalism Competition and attend the Seventh Annual Journalism Day at Edinboro University on April 12. The event was sponsored by the Communication & Media Studies Department and campus newspaper, The Spectator, WFSE-88.9 and Edinboro University E-TV.

Students who were interested in journalism were given the opportunity to travel to the event held at the Frank G. Pogue Student Center on the Edinboro University Campus. The day was full of keynote speakers who were fresh in the field, and some were graduates of Edinboro University. Students learned more about “Public Relations: a Media Support Industry” from speaker Joseph G. Cephas, vice president for public affairs for Independent Electrical Contractors. Another workshop YHS students could attend covered “Beyond Print: The Changing Face of News and Information.” Teachers were given a presentation on “Designing Tips for Print and Web Publications” by the director of marketing at Edinboro University, Bill Berger.

The competition was devised to recognize and reward journalistic talent among high school juniors and seniors. Student members of the YHS Eagle’s Eye Broadcast Club and journalism class were given the opportunity to enter a competition in March of 2013, which showcased their journalistic talents. Print, broadcast and photojournalism were the entry categories students could choose from in order to showcase their talents. Students were notified by telephone if they placed in this competition. Two YHS students, Andrew Lalwani and Samantha Tome, were notified that they had placed. Lalwani placed in the photojournalism category. Lalwani and Tome both placed in the “broadcast journalism” category: newscast anchor.

The NWPA High School Journalism Awards Luncheon took place in the student center. This year the contest reached a tri-state level, extending all the way to Philadelphia, New York and Columbus, Ohio. The Broadcast Journalism Award was shared by both Tome and Lalwani who placed fifth in the newscast anchor category. Their scripts were created with school news as well as national news. Lalwani and Tome announced, filmed and edited the material they submitted. Lalwani won in the news photo category, claiming first place and a prize of $100 for his Youngsville Headstart photo, depicting the presentation of Dr. Seuss books honoring Reading Across America.