The Edmond Sun


April 12, 2014

Student newspaper, magazines take top honors at contest

EDMOND — Ruff Draft, the student newspaper produced by staffs at all three Edmond high schools, recently took top honors in the Oklahoma Scholastic Media competition, which is conducted in coordination with the Gaylord School of Journalism at the University of Oklahoma.

The monthly student newspaper was awarded Highest Honors, All-Oklahoman and the Sweepstakes Award, making it the top school newspaper in Class 5A and 6A.

In addition, Aaron VanSteinberg from Memorial High School was elected president of the student journalism organization for the state of Oklahoma. He ran against four other candidates from various schools.

Edmond students competed in 19 events and students placed from each school.

Santa Fe High School winners, advised by Mike Morton, include:

• Bryant Duong — first place, Opinion Column,

• Sam Jew — first place, Personality Profile,

• Cameron Morgan — first place, Sports News Story,

• Kaylee Reese — first place, News Story,

• Sarah Helsley and Elizabeth Elliott — third place, Inside Page Design,

• Josh Lachica — second place, Front Page Design and

• Sydney Thompson — first place and second place, News Photo.

North High School winners, advised by Ashley Spencer, include:

• Tanner Osborne — third place, Opinion Column,

• Kara Karbs — third place, Sports News Story,

• Claire Olson — Honorable Mention, Critical Review,

• Stephanie Rojo — second place, Inside Page Spread,

• Stephanie Rojo — third place, Critical Review,

• Alexis Drexel — first place, Original Cartoon and

• Payton Hartwick — Honorable Mention, News Story.

Memorial High School winners, advised by Christy Nieves, includes:

• Savannah Savage — third place, News; Honorable Mention, Sports Feature; first place, Review,

• Chandler White — Honorable Mention, Opinion,

• Ben Hunt — second place, Opinion; second place, Sports News,

• Aaron VanSteinberg — First Place, Feature,

• Lauren Chattos — Honorable Mention, Sports Feature; Second Place, Unsigned Editorial,

• Alex Barker — third place, Personality Profile; Honorable Mention, Feature

• Ian Shofner — second place, Feature,

• Rebekah Rice — second place, Review,

• Marly Fitzgerald — second place, Sports Feature,

• Britton Hart — Honorable Mention, Original Ad and

• Allie Rainey — first place, Sports Photo.

The literary magazines both North and Memorial also earned honors with Memorial winning state.

The Vanguard Literary Magazine earned Highest Honors for North High School students, advised by Ashley Spencer. Broken Barriers won Highest Honors, All-Oklahoman and Sweepstakes for Memorial High School students, advised by Kelly Bristow.

In addition to state competition, the paper submits educational portfolios to the Oklahoma Education Association to compete for the Marshall Gregory Award for outstanding coverage on educational issues in the print division. Only 11 students in the state receive this honor. This year a record number of students were selected from Memorial. Awards will be given at 9 a.m. April 26 at the Sheraton in downtown Oklahoma City by OEA President Linda Hampton.

The following students’ works were selected for recognition:

• Ben Hunt — Award of Excellence for News “EMHS received Good Grades,”

• Chandler White — Award of Excellence for Year Round Educational Coverage,

• Aaron VanSteinberg — Award of Merit for Year Round Educational Coverage,

• Mikayleh Offerman — Award of Merit for Opinion “Caution: Not Every Student has a Smartphone” and Award of Merit for News “2013 School Year Brings New Learning Opportunities,”

• Lauren Chaottos — Award of Excellence for Editorials “Limited Funding in Schools.”

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