FHN and Barnwell Journalism Programs Earns Multiple Honors in Washington DC

Posted on 12/03/2019
FHN and Barnwell students hold awards at the convention.


Journalism students from FHN and Barnwell traveled to the Fall National High School Journalism Convention Nov. 21-24 in Washington DC. Students attended learning sessions, participated in competitions, and brought home a few awards.

“We had 39 students on the trip, which was the largest group we have ever had,” said FHN Director of Student Media Aaron Manfull. “They were great on the trip and came back with so many wonderful ideas to make themselves and the program better.”

The top prize went to North Star newsmagazine, which was honored by the National Scholastic Press Association as a Pacemaker winner in the newspaper category. This is the seventh consecutive Pacemaker Award the North Star has earned. “Winning the Pacemaker was really exciting,” North Star co-Editor-in-Chief Gracie Bowman said. “The staff works really, really hard to make a great paper, and I think the Pacemaker is something we all really appreciate for all the hard work we put in.”

The North Star Newsmagazine captured Tenth Place in the Newspaper Special Edition Category, and the FHN Media Podcast took First Place in the Podcast Category. “I find it difficult to express in words the honor that I feel and how proud I am to play a part in bringing this award to the program,” Podcast Editor Tom Jamsion said. “FHNAllDay was an amazing way to kick off the podcasting program, and I hope we can use this along with continued support from our administration and journalism instructors to further boost our podcasting program to new heights.”

Fifteen FHN staffers were honored for their work in write-off competitions at the convention. Earning honorable mentions were Jordan Slusser (Sports Action Photography), Anna Hollinger (General or Spot News Photography), Nadia Abusoud (Short Documentary), Emily Zhang (Short Documentary), Macy Cronin (Newswriting), Gracie Bowman (Feature Writing), Mollie Roberts (Sports Writing), Sophie Carite (News Editing/Headline Writing/Current Events), and Allison Cavato (Yearbook Layout: Theme). Earning Excellent ratings in the Writeoffs were Kaili Martin (Literary Magazine: Photography), Emily Hood (Video Package Editing), and Connor Peper (Editorial Writing). The top writeoff spots went to Courtney Wortman (Themed Photo), Tom Jamison (Broadcast Anchor), and Hannah Davis (Yearbook Layout: Inside Pages), who all earned a Superior in their respective categories.

Numerous students were finalists in the National Scholastic Press Association’s individual awards for work that appeared during the 2018-19 school year. Earning Honorable Mentions were Reide Pearson in Broadcast Feature Story, Junior Francisco Jimenez and Senior Jena Pae in Newsmagazine Cover, Graduate Sarah Zimmerman in Feature Story, and Graduate Kylah Woods in Designer of the Year Portfolio. Fifth place in News Story of the Year went to graduate Sarah Zimmerman. Senior Emily Hood earned Fourth Place in Broadcast Journalist of the Year Portfolio. Also earning Fourth Place in Social Media Promotions were Juniors Reinita Lee and Emily Zhang, Senior Emily Hood, and Graduates Reide Pearson and Hunter Turpin. Graduate Sarah Zimmermann earned second place in Writing Portfolio of the Year. 

For the first time, Barnwell Middle School students attended with the group as well. Lily Duncan earned a national Honorable Mention in Middle School Photo of the Year, and Olivia Van Horn earned an Honorable Mention in the on-the-spot Editorial Writing competition. The yearbook staff earned Ninth Place in the Middle School Yearbook Best of Show category, and the Paw Print Newspaper took Third Place in the convention’s Best of Show competition.

The FHN journalism program is led by Aaron Manfull and Jordyn Kiel. They oversee the nearly 100 members on staff and 300 students who run through the program each year. High school students at FHN can enroll in a variety of journalism courses. Beginning students can take Digital Photojournalism for Practical Arts credit. The Introductory Journalism and Broadcast Journalism classes count as Communication Arts credits. Once students have had a prerequisite, they can join staff and enroll in a for-credit class, taking Newspaper Production, Newspaper Production Honors, Yearbook Production, or Yearbook Production Honors.

For more information about the journalism program at FHN, please contact Mr. Manfull.

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