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BRUINS WIN BIG AT HIGH SCHOOL PRESS CONVENTION

 
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TUESDAY, JAN. 29, 2019
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 Bruins win high school journalist of the year, state’s top sports writer awards

St. Joe takes 32 awards at state high school journalism convention including six first-place nods for weekly newscast Bruin News Now

 

MADISON, Miss. (Wednesday, April 3, 2019) – St. Joseph Catholic School journalism students took 32 awards in state competition this week, including two high-profile, statewide honors and landing two members on the first All-Mississippi Journalism team.

 

Senior Garret Grove was named Mississippi High School Journalist of the Year, and junior Joe Pearson took the prestigious Orley Hood Award for Excellence in High School Journalism. The student-produced weekly newscast Bruin News Now took first place for news and feature coverage.

 

“I am so proud of our high school journalists,” said Principal Dena Kinsey.

 

“They work hard every week to provide students, faculty, staff, parents and alumni with a first-rate, professional-quality newscast that is second to none in our state. These honors speak to their dedication, hard work and professionalism.”

 

Journalism students received the awards Monday, April 1, at the end of the Mississippi Scholastic Press Association Convention on the campus of the University of Mississippi. More than 500 high school students from across the state attended the event.

 

St. Joseph Catholic School, located in Madison about a mile west of the Interstate 55-Mississippi 463 exit, was founded in 1870 in Jackson by the Sisters of Mercy. The school will celebrate its 150th anniversary in 2020.

 

St. Joe offers a seventh- through 12th-grade education with a rigorous college prep curriculum grounded in the teachings of the Catholic Church. St. Joe is accredited by AdvancED and overseen by the Catholic Diocese of Jackson.

 

St. Joe offers Print Journalism and Broadcast Journalism classes, two of many electives students can take every year. Journalism students produce an online newspaper, The Bear Facts; a weekly video newscast, Bruin News Now; and an annual yearbook, The Shield.

 

Journalism students webcast varsity football and basketball live on the Bruin News Now YouTube channel as well as broadcast an audio feed of the games over WJXC Jackson, Mississippi Catholic Radio, 107.9. Students also produce a weekly, 30-minute radio show for WJXC called The Bruin Buzz Live.

 

A 24-member delegation of St. Joe journalism students attended the 2019 MSPA convention. There, they attended several breakout sessions covering video filming, video editing, news photography, news writing and more.

 

The event ended with a talk by Ronnie Agnew, executive director of Mississippi Public Broadcasting, followed by the annual awards program.

 

Grove became the second St. Joe student to be named Mississippi High School Journalist of the Year; Bruin alumnus Jack Hall received the award in 2016. Grove will advance to the national competition sponsored by the Journalism Education Association.

 

Pearson’s win marked the fifth time in the Orley Hood Award’s six-year history that a St. Joe student received honor. Pearson also won award in 2017 and was a finalist in 2018. The award is named in memory of the late Orley Hood – a popular newspaper columnist.

 

The Bear Facts, the school’s student newspaper, took first place for sports coverage based on the fall special edition honor the state championship swim team. Bruin News Now took first place in news coverage and feature coverage among high school newscasts.

 

Grove took first place for a BNN news story on three St. Joe students who earned the rank of Eagle Scout; he also won first place for his BNN weekly weathercast. Junior Hannah Dear took first for a  BNN feature on a memorial that honored the late Blair E. Batson. 

 

“Our journalism students never cease to amaze me with their talent, desire and hard work that makes our high school journalism program the best in Mississippi,” Kinsey said. “It’s just another shining example of the high-quality, college prep education we provide.”

 

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St. Joseph Catholic School journalism students celebrate the 32 awards they won at the 2019 Mississippi Scholastic Press Association Convention at the University of Mississippi, including Mississippi High School Journalist of the Year, the Orley Hood Award for Excellence in High School Sports Journalism and two members of the Inaugural All-Mississippi Journalism Team. Back row from left: John Baladi, Marshall Runnels, Byron Poindexter, Connor Dare, Ethan O’Rourke, Andrew Sanli, Jack Clements, Sydney Blake, Bianca McCarty and Leah Clark. Third row: Bailey Miller, Camillia Goodloe, Mary Kate Hamilton, Hannah Dear, Sydney Shoemaker, Harper Evers, Hayley Connerly. Second row: Kaycee Jackson, Clay Blanchard, Anna Chris Nicholas and Mary Grace Stewart. Kneeling n front: Christian Davis; Joe Pearson, winner of the Orley Hood Award for Excellence in High School Sports Journalism; and Garret Grove, the Mississippi High School Journalist of the Year.

 

ADDITIONAL PHOTO CUTLINE

St. Joseph Catholic School journalism students won 32 awards at the 2019 Mississippi Scholastic Press Association Convention at the University of Mississippi, including Mississippi High School Journalist of the Year, the Orley Hood Award for Excellence in High School Sports Journalism and two members of the Inaugural All-Mississippi Journalism Team. Pictured are Garret Grove, left, Mississippi High School Journalist of the Year, and Joe Pearson, winner of the Orley Hood Award for Excellence in High School Journalism.

 

ST. JOSEPH CATHOLIC SCHOOL

JOURNALISM AWARDS

Here is a complete list of awards St. Joseph Catholic School students won at the 2019 Mississippi Scholastic Press Association Convention on Monday, April 1, 2019, at the University of Mississippi. Links to winning entries are provided if available.

 

MAJOR STATEWIDE AWARDS

Mississippi High School Journalist of the Year

Winner: Garret Grove, a senior. Click here to view his online portfolio

 

Orley Hood Award for Excellence in High School Sports Journalism

Winner: Joe Pearson, a junior. This was the fifth time in the award’s six-year history a St. Joe student won. Pearson won the award as a freshman in 2017 and was a finalist in 2018. Click here to view his online portfolio.

 

Inaugural 10-member All-Mississippi Journalism Team

Members: Garret Grove and Joe Pearson

 

Broadcast Adviser of the Year

Finalist: Terry R. Cassreino, journalism teacher and St. Joe communications director

 

CARRY-IN AWARDS

These are awarded for work covering any student work published or broadcast/webcast Feb. 16, 2019, through the day of the convention on April 1, 2019. These awards are judged on the day of the convention.

 

Creative Video

Finalist: Garret Grove

 

Sports Story

Finalist: Connor Dare

 

News Story

Finalist: Hannah Dear 

Finalist: Garret Grove

 

Feature Story

Finalist: Garret Grove

 

Portrait Photo

Finalist: Sydney Shoemaker

 

Best Headline (yearbook)

Winner: Clay Blanchard

 

Best Two-page Spread Design (yearbook)

Winner: Harper Evers

 

ANNUAL AWARDS

These are for student-produced work completed and published or broadcast/webcast during the 2018-2019 school year up to filing deadline of Friday, Feb. 15, 2019. This must be student work.

 

BROADCAST DIVISION

INDIVIDUAL STUDENT AWARDS

BEST NEWS STORY

Winner: Garret Grove

 

BEST FEATURE STORY

Winner: Hannah Dear

 

BEST SPORTS STORY

Finalist: Jack Clements

 

BEST ANCHOR

Finalist: Andrew Sanli

Finalist: Hannah Dear

 

BEST WEATHER REPORT

Winner: Garret Grove

 

BEST PODCAST

Finalist: Joe Pearson

 

BEST LONGFORM STORY

Finalist: Garret Grove

 

BROADCAST DIVISION

ENTIRE PRODUCTION AWARDS

BEST ONLINE STREAMING PROGRAM

Winner: Bruin Broadcasting (basketball webcast)

 

BEST NEWS COVERAGE

Winner: Bruin News Now

 

BEST FEATURE COVERAGE

Winner: Bruin News Now

 

BEST SPORTS COVERAGE

Finalist: Bruin News Now

 

BEST NEWSCAST

Finalist: Bruin News Now

 

 

NEWS PUBLICATION DIVISION (newspaper and website)

INDIVIDUAL AWARS

BEST FEATURE STORY

Winner: Garret Grove

 

BEST STAFF EDITORIAL

Finalist: Joe Pearson

 

BEST SPORTS PHOTO

Finalist: Sydney Shoemaker

 

NEWS PUBLICATION DIVISION

PUBLICATION AWARDS FOR ENTIRE PUBLICATION

BEST SPORTS WRITING

Winner: The Bear Facts

 

BEST OPINION WRITING

Finalist: The Bear Facts

 

BEST PRINT LAYOUT & DESIGN

Finalist: The Bear Facts