Sunday, September 13, 2009

Record turnout for high school boot camp

The Press Club's annual high school boot camp Friday attracted 88 students, six teachers and 11 speakers -- the largest turnout in the event's history.

The purpose of the afternoon of workshops, discussions and hands-on demonstrations was to help students who will be publishing school newspapers and Web sites in the coming academic year.

Students came from the following high schools: Aragon, Burlingame, Hillsdale, MetWest, Mills, Notre Dame in Belmont, San Mateo, Sequoia, Summit Prep in Redwood City and Washington High in Fremont.

Advisers included Scott Silton from Aragon, Linda McLaughlin from Burlingame, Clare Wadbrook from Notre Dame, Patsy Fergusson from San Mateo High, Kim Vinh from Sequoia and David Skllings from Washington High.

Speakers included Mercury News sportswriter Dan Brown, Nortre Dame de Namur University faculty member Micki Carter, freelance photographer Don Feria, San Mateo Daily Journal editor Jon Mays, Bay City News managing editor Melissa McRobbie, Daily Journal designer Erik Oeverndiek, Coastsider.com publisher Barry Parr, Examiner photographer Juan Carlos Pometa, Daily Post editor Dave Price, College of San Mateo faculty member Ed Remitz, AP photographer Paul Sakuma, freelance photographer Terry Schmitt, SF State media law professor James Wagstaffe, and San Mateo County public communications manager Marshall Wilson.

The facilities for the boot camp were graciously provided by the College of San Mateo.

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