The Octagon staff traveled to San Francisco, April 12-14, for the annual spring National High School Journalism Convention. The event was sponsored by the Journalism Education Association and the National Scholastic Press Association.
Octagon staffers participated in 18 write-off competitions, earning an Honorable Mention, Excellent or Superior in 17 of them.
In addition, the print Octagon took seventh place in the Best of Show competition in the “Newspaper Tabloid 16 or Fewer Pages” category, and the online Octagon placed sixth in the “Website Large School” category. (The “Website Large School” category is typically for publications at schools with 1500 or more students, so the staff doesn’t know why the Octagon was placed in this category instead of in “Website Small School.”)
Because the yearbook staff attended the fall convention in Dallas, Octagon staffers also participated in write-off contests in the yearbook category.
In addition, staffers competed in Quiz Bowl, a game-show-like test of current events, press law, U.S. government, AP style and journalistic terminology. One of the teams – senior Sahej Claire, juniors Chardonnay Needler and Mehdi Lacombe and sophomore Jackson Margolis – placed third of 26 teams after losing to the eventual winner, West Linn High School, in the semifinals.
Listed below are staffers’ individual awards.
Newswriting: Senior Sonja Hansen, Honorable Mention
Editorial Writing: Senior Sahej Claire, Honorable Mention
Feature Writing: Senior Annya Dahmani, Honorable Mention
Sports Writing: Junior Jack Christian, Excellent
Review Writing: Junior Mehdi Lacombe, Excellent
Commentary Writing: Sophomore Jackson Margolis, Honorable Mention
News Editing and Headline Writing: Junior Chardonnay Needler, Superior
News Layout Contests
Newspaper Layout: Junior Mohini Rye, Superior
Newsmagazine Layout: Junior Allison Zhang, Excellent
Press Law and Ethics
Press Law and Ethics: Senior Katia Dahmani, Excellent
Yearbook Copy Caption, Academics: Sophomore Héloïse Schep, Honorable Mention
Yearbook Copy Caption, Clubs: Sophomore Anna Frankel, Honorable Mention
Graphic Design Contests
Graphic Design, Advertising: Sophomore Larkin Barnard-Bahn, Excellent
Portfolio: Junior Jacqueline Chao, Excellent
First-Year Photo: Sophomore Shimin Zhang, Honorable Mention
Broadcast Feature Story: Junior Harrison Moon, Honorable Mention
Broadcast Newswriting: Sophomore David Situ, Excellent
—By Sahej Claire
—All photos by Jacqueline Chao