Student publication staffs win awards at fall convention


During the National High School Journalism Convention award ceremony, Lafayette student publication staffs celebrate their peers. The convention took place Nov. 10-12 in downtown St. Louis. “A lot more people on my staff came to this convention because it was here, which was different than other [years],” yearbook Editor-In-Chief Kaylee O’Dell said.

Daniel Carrillo and Eshwar Murali

From Nov. 10-12, members of Lafayette’s student publication staffs attended the fall National High School Journalism Convention. The fall NHSJC was held in St. Louis this year at America’s Center. During the convention, publication staffs attended workshops and sessions. During these sessions, staff members were taught lessons that ranged from how to write sports writing to press law and ethics. Junior Samantha Haney was delighted to learn from the sessions.

“It was really cool learning more about writing and photography and things I have to do for newspaper every day, but in a new way,” Haney said.

Freshman Samuel Walowitz was also impressed by the presenters who taught the sessions and workshops.

“A lot of [the presenters] had a sense of humor and they carried themselves really well. All their presentations flowed really well,” Walowitz said.

Additionally, staff members were given the opportunity to compete in contests at the convention. Overall, the staffs earned 24 individual awards. Additionally, both The Image and The Legend were recognized.

The Legend was inducted into the National Scholastic Press Association Hall of Fame. To qualify for the NSPA Hall of Fame, publications must earn 10 All-American ratings from the NSPA Critique Service within an 11-year span. The Legend earned All-American ratings in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 (induction year postponed due to the pandemic), 2019, 2020 and 2021.

Best of Show Winners:

  • Honorable Mention-Chiara Bouckaert, 12-Broadcast Sports Story of the Year
  • 3rd Place-Caoimhe Farris, 12-Editorial Cartoon of the Year
  • Honorable Mention-Makayla Archambeault, Class of 2022-Newsmagazine Cover Design of the Year

    Caoimhe Farris’ award-winning editorial cartoon.
  • Honorable Mention-Sonya Sud, 11-Podcast of the Year
  • 5th Place-Makayla Archambeault, Class of 2022-Blog of the Year
  • Honorable Mention-Samantha Haney, 11-Blog of the Year
  • 8th Place-The Image-Newsmagazine (high school enrollment of 1,800 or more)
  • 4th Place & 6th Place-Anusha Singh, Class of 2022-Yearbook Design

Journalism Education Association’s National Student Media Contests:

  •  Honorable Mention-Lauren Blosser, 10-Sports Action Photography
  • Honorable Mention-Diya Gupta, 12-Yearbook Copy/Caption: Sports
  • Honorable Mention-Eshwar Murali, 11-Press Law & Ethics
  • Honorable Mention-Penelope Proffitt, 11-Editorial Writing
  • Honorable Mention-Lizzie Rattenborg, 11-Sports Feature Photography
  • Honorable Mention-Morgan Stoermer, 11-Newswriting
  • Honorable Mention-Sonya Sud, 11-Feature Writing
  • Honorable Mention-Jude Thomas, 11-Feature Photography
  • Honorable Mention-Kate Viglione, 11-Yearbook Copy/Caption: Clubs
  • Excellent-Molly Brim, 12-Review Writing
  • Excellent-Daniel Carrillo, 9-Literary Magazine Photography
  • Excellent-Juli Mejia, 12-Literary Magazine Poetry
  • Excellent-Kate Vera, 12-Yearbook Copy/Caption: Student Life
  • Superior-Samantha Haney, 11-Commentary Writing
  • Superior-Kaylee O’Dell, 12-Yearbook Copy/Caption: Academics
  • Superior-Madison Steuber, 12-Photo Story