Friday, May 11, 2012

Palo Alto’s Gunn High School takes top honors in Press Club student journalism contest

Henry M. Gunn High School in Palo Alto took top honors at the San Francisco Peninsula Press Club’s 2012 High School Journalism Awards which were presented Thursday afternoon at Junipero Serra High School in San Mateo.

Gunn’s newspaper, The Oracle, was recognized as the first-place winner in the General Excellence category. The paper’s editor and advisor will be honored at the Press Club’s Evening of Excellence May 19 at the Crowne Plaza in Foster City.

In all, 11 Peninsula high schools participated in the competition, which drew 419 entries in 12 categories from 223 students. Fifty students representing eight high schools won awards.

The Outlook of Aragon High School in San Mateo took 12 awards, the highest number to a single school in the competition. The Highlander of Carlmont High School in Belmont and Gunn’s Oracle tied for second with seven awards each.

The contest was judged by professional journalists who are members of the Press Club. Here is a complete list of the winning entries:

News Story
First:  Amrita Moitra and Jean Wang, The Oracle, Henry M. Gunn High School, Palo Alto
Second:  Sabrina Imbler, The Outlook, Aragon High School, San Mateo
Third:  Brian Benton, The Campanile, Palo Alto High School, Palo Alto

Feature Story
First:  Kira Brenner, The Outlook, Aragon High School, San Mateo
Second:  Sabrina Imbler, The Outlook, Aragon High School, San Mateo
Third:  Sarah Levin, The Highlander, Carlmont High School, Belmont

Sports Story
First:  Gianna Dimick, The Highlander, Carlmont High School, Belmont
Second:  Jack Heffernan, The Friar, Junipero Serra High School, San Mateo
Third:  Jack Heffernan, The Friar, Junipero Serra High School, San Mateo

Editorial
First:  Cooper Aspegren, The Oracle, Henry M. Gunn High School, Palo Alto
Second:  The Burlingame B Staff, Burlingame High School, Burlingame
Third:  The Outlook Staff, Aragon High School, San Mateo

Column
First:  Carly Bertolozzi, The Highlander, Carlmont High School, Belmont
Second:  Peter Dennis, The Viking Sports Magazine, Palo Alto High School, Palo Alto
Third:  Ashley Ngu, The Oracle, Henry M. Gunn High School, Palo Alto

News Photo
First:  Liz Vargas, The Panther, Eastside College Preparatory School, East Palo Alto
Second:  Chloe Scott, The Highlander, Carlmont High School, Belmont
Third:  Chloe Scott, The Highlander, Carlmont High School, Belmont

Feature Photo
First:  Kore Chan, The Outlook, Aragon High School, San Mateo
Second:  Sam Alavi, Kore Chan, The Outlook, Aragon High School, San Mateo
Third:  Wendy Qiu, The Oracle, Henry M. Gunn High School, Palo Alto

Sports Photo
First:  Kore Chan, The Outlook, Aragon High School, San Mateo
Second:  Alex Furuya, The Outlook, Aragon High School, San Mateo
Third:  Sam Alavi, The Outlook, Aragon High School, San Mateo

Layout and Design
First:  The Outlook Staff, Aragon High School, San Mateo
Second:  The Panther Staff, Eastside College Preparatory School, East Palo Alto
Third:  The Highlander Staff, Carlmont High School, Belmont

Web Site Design
First:  Jonathan Slowey and Victoria Xiao, thebearcat.net, San Mateo High School, San Mateo
Second:  Dylan Wang, The Outlook, Aragon High School, San Mateo
Third:  The Oracle Staff, Henry M. Gunn High School, Palo Alto

Web Site Content
First:  Jonathan Slowey and Victoria Xiao, thebearcat.net, San Mateo High School, San Mateo
Second:  The Oracle Staff, Henry M. Gunn High School, Palo Alto
Third:  The Staff, scotscoopnews.com, Carlmont High School, Belmont

General Excellence
First:  The Oracle Staff, Henry M. Gunn High School, Palo Alto
Second:  The Campanile Staff, Palo Alto High School, Palo Alto
Third:  The Outlook Staff, Aragon High School, San Mateo

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