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MONDAY, OCT. 29, 2018
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Bruin student journalists win national honors
MADISON (Monday, Oct. 29, 2018) – St. Joseph Catholic School juniors Joe Pearson and Andrew Sanli won national awards this month for sports writing from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association in New York City.
The CSPA Gold Circle Awards cited Pearson for first place in Best Sports Commentary for a column that appeared in the February 2018 edition of the St. Joe student newspaper The Bear Facts about the personal struggles of a star St. Joe athlete.
The CSPA gave Sanli an Honorable Mention for a sports story that appeared in the May edition of The Bear Facts detailing the St. Joe Bruins’ state championship in baseball, the school’s first championship in 41 years.
“These talented student journalists put in a lot of time and effort writing stories that major newspapers would have loved to publish,” Principal Dena Kinsey said. “We are so proud that their work has been recognized on a national level.”
The Columbia Scholastic Press Association, based at Columbia University, announced the 35th Gold Circle Awards for high school newspapers and magazines last week. Eligible entries were published from June 13, 2017 to June 11, 2018.
This year saw 6,514 print news and magazine contest entries from U.S. high schools and international high schools that teach an American curriculum. Of those, 720 entries, or about 11 percent, were cited for awards in 51 newspaper and 35 magazine categories that included news, sports, feature and opinion writing.
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 the year 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.
The school’s award-winning high school journalism program is one of several electives in which students can enroll in the ninth through 12th grades. St. Joe offers Print Journalism, Broadcast Journalism and Foundations in Journalism classes.
Journalism students publish a school newspaper seven to eight times a year; publish a school yearbook every fall; produce a weekly video newscast available Fridays on YouTube; and produce live streaming video webcast and radio broadcast of St. Joe sporting events.
Pearson is editor of The Bear Facts. He has won several high-profile awards for his writing, including the Orley Hood Award for Excellence in High School Sports Journalism in 2017; he was a finalist for the award in 2018.
Sanli is a sports writer for The Bear Facts; he also serves as a reporter and one of the main anchors on Bruin News Now, the school’s award-winning, student-produced, weekly video newscast. Pearson and Sanli play varsity football and baseball at St. Joe.
“These are two of the many hard-working, dedicated high school journalists that make our journalism program the best in the state,” Kinsey said.
“Joe’s and Andrew’s national recognition for their sports writing says a lot about them as students and student athletes. It also highlights the strong, rigorous, college-prep curriculum we offer at St. Joe.”
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- You can read Joe Pearson’s column by clicking here.
- You can read Andrew Sanli’s sports story by clicking here.
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Joe Pearson, left, and Andrew Sanli, juniors at St. Joseph Catholic School in Madison, won national awards this month for their sports writing that appeared in The Bear Facts student newspaper. The Columbia Scholastic Press Association at Columbia University in New York announced the 35th Gold Circle Awards this month. This year saw 6,514 print news and magazine contest entries from U.S. high schools and international high schools that teach an American curriculum. Of those, 720 entries, or about 11 percent, were cited for awards in 51 newspaper and 35 magazine categories that included news, sports, feature and opinion writing.