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.
Broadcast Feature Story: Junior Harrison Moon, Honorable Mention
Broadcast Newswriting: Sophomore David Situ, Excellent
—By Sahej Claire
Online editors-in-chief junior Chardonnay Needler and senior Sahej Claire with the National Scholastic Press Association Best of Show Award in the "website large school" category. Although this category was for websites whose schools had a student population of no more than 1,500, the Octagon still won sixth place in this class.
Seniors and print editors-in-chief Katia Dahmani, Sonja Hansen and Annya Dahmani with the National Scholastic Press Association Best of Show Award. The Octagon won seventh place in the "newspaper tabloid (16 or fewer pages)" category.
Sophomore David Situ
Broadcast Newswriting - Excellent
Sophomore Larkin Barnard-Bahn
Graphic Design: Advertising - Excellent
Junior Mohini Rye
Newspaper Layout - Superior Participants in this write-off sent their front page designs in weeks before the convention. Rye had to create the front page for a fictional newspaper called The Voice.
Junior Chardonnay Needler
News Editing/Headline Writing - Superior In addition to asking competitors to write headlines for two articles, this write-off also tested students on AP style and current events.
Senior Sahej Claire
Editorial Writing - Honorable Mention
Junior Harrison Moon
Broadcast Feature - Honorable Mention
Senior Sonja Hansen
News Writing - Honorable Mention
Senior Annya Dahmani
Feature Writing - Honorable Mention
Junior Jack Christian
Sports Writing - Excellent
Sophomore Jackson Margolis
Commentary Writing - Honorable Mention
Senior Katia Dahmani
Press Law & Ethics - Excellent Senior Katia Dahmani has done the press law and ethics test for the past three years.
Junior Mehdi Lacombe
Review Writing - Excellent For this write-off contest, students reviewed a local magician.
Newsmagazine: Layout - Excellent. Contestants in this category design their newsmagazines using images and information provided by the National Scholastic Press Association and send in their designs weeks before the convention begins.