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La Grande High's student newspaper has won national recognition. ().
La Grande High's student newspaper has won national recognition. ().

By Dick Mason

Observer Staff Writer

Journalism students from La Grande High School burned brightly recently in Arizona's Valley of the Sun.

La Grande High School journalism students won five national awards in Phoenix, Ariz., at the annual conference of the Journalism Education Association and National Scholastic Press Association.

Students with Tiger Hi-Lites, the LHS newspaper, won three awards. Students with Tiger Television, the school's television system, won two honors.

The Tiger Hi-Lites staff placed 10th in the Best of Show competition for newspapers by the National Scholastic Press Association. This marks the second year in a row that Tiger Hi-Lites has placed in the top 10 in the NSPA's Best of Show competition. The newspaper placed sixth in 2001.

Newspapers entered in the Best of Show category are evaluated on their overall quality and the quality of layout, design, writing and photography.

In this year's Best of Show competition, Tiger Hi-Lites was entered in the category for high school newspapers with eight pages. LHS, which has about 800 students, was one of the smallest schools entered in this category. .

Jacob Berado is the editor-in-chief of Tiger Hi-Lites. Kristen Steck is the managing editor.

"This shows that their (the Tiger Hi-Lites staff) work can compete on a national level with the work of other high school journalists,'' said journalism and English teacher Bud Duncan, who has been Hi-Lites' adviser for nine years.

Duncan emphasized that Tiger Hi-Lites is produced exclusively by students. He said that their product reflects a great deal of skill, dedication and intelligence.

Junior Amanda Schuft, a Tiger Television producer and anchor, was the top LHS individual performer at the conference. Schuft received a Superior award for her work in the JEA broadcast news writing competition. Superior is the highest award one can receive in a category. Schuft was the only student to earn a superior rating in her category.

Schuft is only the third LHS student, and the first junior, to win a superior award since 1994.

Three other LHS students won awards at this year's conference:

• Chris Potter, the editorial page editor for Tiger Hi-Lites. Potter won an Excellent award for an editorial he wrote at the conference.

• Senior Johan Soderlund, a Tiger Television staff member, took Honorable Mention in the videography contest. In videography entrants had to tape a video in a limited amount of time.

• Jake Berado, received an honorable mention in newspaper layout.

In the individual events students were judged on how they performed after being given an assignment and given two hours to complete it.

Students were compared against a standard, not how they did against one another. If judges believed that nobody met set standards no awards were given.

About 3,400 students from 177 high schools attended the conference. About 1,600 of the students competed in events. The schools range in size from several hundred students to at least 5,000.


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