April 19, 2001 11:00 pm

By Dick Mason

Observer Staff Writer

La Grande High Schools journalism program is in the national spotlight for the second consecutive year.

The student newspaper, Tiger Hi-Lites, placed sixth in the National Scholastic Press Associations Best of Show competition.

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

Our newspaper is one of the best in the country. I am really proud of our students, said journalism and English teacher Bud Duncan, who has been Hi-Lites adviser for eight years.

Two members of the papers staff, Kristen Steck and Ryan Marshall, received individual honors in this years competition.

Last year, students in LHSs journalism program won national honors. The broadcast news program Tiger Television placed ninth in the broadcast news category in the Journalism Education Association/National Scholastic Press Association competition. In 2000 six LHS students who were member of the Tiger Hi-Lites staff received JEA/NSPA awards.

In this years Best of Show competition, Tiger Hi-Lites was entered in the category for high school newspapers with eight pages. Most eight-page papers are produced by high schools with under 2,000 students. La Grande High School has about 800 students.

Duncan said that editor-in-chief Blake Bars and photo editor Brigette Gerber played important roles in the success of the newspaper.

They deserve a lot of the credit, Duncan said.

Duncan said the students helped redesign Tiger Hi-Lites at the start of the school year as the paper switched from a tabloid to broad sheet format.

Duncan said help from The Observers staff made a major difference in the successful redesign.

Individuals receive honors

Steck received an honorable mention award for newswriting. Duncan said Stecks honor was noteworthy in part because she is a sophomore.

She was in one of the most competitive categories, Duncan said.

Marshall received honorable mention in the editorial cartooning category. the previous year, he received an honorable mention for editorial cartooning.

Ryans drawings are incredibly clear and easily understood, Duncan said.

Duncan said Marshalls drawings are more mature than those of many other high school editorial cartoonists.