WJEA

2018 State Write-off winners announced

Journalism students from around the state descended on Glacier Peak High School in Snohomish March 10 to attend sessions and compete in write-off contests.

Back to Article
Back to Article

2018 State Write-off winners announced


Hang on for a minute...we're trying to find some more stories you might like.


Email This Story






Results:

Newswriting

Judges comments:

Contestants demonstrated solid writing skills but need more practice with journalistic style. Strong entries demonstrated effective organizations and good use of well-chosen quotes.

Recommendations:

Work on a clear, concise lead that guides the rest of the story and avoid editorializing; especially in the final paragraph.

 

Honorable mention:

Grace Frunk, Kentlake High School

Nicole Beauvais, Rogers High School

Olivia Poolos, University Place

Shannong Hong, Ingelmoor High School

Excellent: 

Lucille Shield, Mercer Island High School

Emma Cooney, Seattle Prep

 

 

Editorial writing:

Judges comments:

Good reporting, thoughtful analysis, generally good conclusions, overall impressive work.

Recommendations:

Write tighter and shorter. Less newsy, less reporting. Conclusions that call readers to action.

 

Honorable mention:

R. Grady Short, Mercer Island High School

Madison Marko, Kentlake High School

Khaleah Nix, Emerald Ridge High School

Megan Munson, Inglemoor High School

Excellent:

Andrew Flury, Puyallup High School

PJ Sills, Auburn Riverside High School

Allie Perez, Anacortes High School

Beatrice Cappio, University Prep

Superior:

Jay Kent, Clevelend High School

 

News Feature:

Judges comments:

All did well in picking out good quotes and details, good bones. Those who excelled exhibited great narrative structure with strong ledes and closings. Clean copy for all.

Recommendations:

Choose quotes judiciously and set them up well. Lack of time/place references. Nobody described her in a way we could picture her. Work on properly splitting up paragraphs.

 

Honorable mention:

Walid Cruz-Vanegas, Seattle Prep

Smantha Svikel, Mountlake Terrace High School

Molly House, Cleveland High School

Anna Witt, Anacortes High School

Madison Morgan, Kamiakin High School

Arjun Thomas, Shorewood High School

Excellent:

Anna Ingraham, University Prep

Sophie Poole, Mercer Island High School

Alexandra Kube, Glacier Peak High School

Kaylea Agate, Ingemoor High School

Superior: 

Haley Keizur, Puyallup High School

Henry Graham, Nathan Hale High School

 

Yearbook Feature Writing:

Judges comments:

The best yearbook features provide a keen insight into the subject’s personality as well as giving readers context.  Anecdotes and quotes are chosen because they capture the essence of the subject, not because the person said them.

 

Honorable mention:

Liz Schwartzhoff, Glacier Peak High School

Emily Van Bergeyk, Puyallup High School

Jackson Freund, Mountlake Terrace High School

 

Sports Feature:

Judges comments:

The best entries in sports feature writing blended timely anecdotes with the attributes of the presenter’s ideals to present an overall vision of the speaker. The very best entries provided color to the story.

Recommendations: 

Have a lede that grabs the readers and provide a story that moves beyond the mere listing of quotes.

 

Honorable Mention: 

Jaime Goldberg, Puyallup High School

Ethan Preston, Mercer Island High School

Annika Prom, Mountlake Terrace High School

Excellent:

Aditi Jain, Inglemoor High School

Superior:

Nick Mullineux-Perrault, Glacier Peak High School 

 

Review Writing: 

Judges comments:

Overall, well written and on topic, nice use of details showing the five senses and emotion of the film. Good writing style and mechanics.

Recommendations: 

Work on showing not telling, using specific observations. Don’t be afraid to tell your opinion in this style of writing and back up with rationale and claims.

 

Honorable mention:

Marin Nielsen, Lake Stevens High School

Excellent: 

Nolan James, Kentlake High School

Isabel Funk, Mercer Island High School

Superior: 

Maya Holt, Inglemoor High School

 

Editorial Cartooning:

Judges comments:

Most entries had a clear message that would resonate with students. Lots of artistic talent.

Recommendations:

Some images could benefit from decluttering. Be sure there is a balance, do not write too much text.

Honorable mention:

Alyssa Shrader, Auburn Riverside High School

Excellent:

Sierra Clark, Mountlake Terrace High School

Rachel Lawson, Inglemoor High School

Superior:

Moses Kent, Seattle Prep

 

Headline writing/Copy editing:

Judges comments:

Headlines were mostly accurate. Copy editing was generally strong, good eye for details.

Recommendations:

Pay attention to libel! Pay attention to hyphenation rules.

 

Honorable Mention:

Annika Trebilcock, Puyallup High School

Brandon Tenny, Cleveland High School

Excellent:

Ethan Hosler, Emerald Ridge High School

Audrie Saulters, Inglemoor High School

Superior: 

Annika Bhananker, Mercer Island High School

 

Newspaper Layout:

Judges comments:

Layout generally contained a strong visual center. Good use of infographics and pull quotes, nice to move beyond just text and headlines and photos.

Recommendations:

If you are going to design a double-page/center spread, make sure it crosses the gutter.

 

Honorable mention:

Ellie Gottesman, Mercer Island High School

Excellent:

Oliver Hopcroft, Inglemoor High School

 

Yearbook layout:

Judges comments:

All contestants embraced the use of modular design. They also used a variety of formats (Q&A, graphs and polls). Excellent photo selections.

Recommendations:

Use a clearer center of visual interest to draw the reader’s eye. Use white space more effectively. Highlight the most important element by making it bigger.

 

Honorable mention:

Steven Mai, Cleveland High School

Excellent:

Marianne Nacanaynay, Mountlake Terrace High School

Blake Beltran, Glacier Peak High School

 

Feature photography:

Judges comments:

Strong entries overall.

Recommendations:

Show us no more than one photo that is very similar to the others (i.e. more variety).

 

Excellent: 

Annie Poole, Mercer Island High School

Superior: 

Andrew Aggergaard, Anacortes High School

Akira Copeland, Cleveland High School

 

Sports Photo (YB&NP):

Judges comments:

Strong moments, excelling timing in many entries.

Recommendations:

Those who gave us the widest variety fared the best.

 

Honorable mention:

Lydia Sourichanh, Cleveland High School

Excellent:

Asher Gannon, Glacier Peak High School

Superior:

Tina Dang, Cleveland High School

Broadcast News:

Excellent:

Tenino Middle School

Anacortes High School

 

Broadcast Feature:

Superior:
Tahoma High School

Anacortes High School
Excellent:
Bellarmine Prep
Honorable Mention:
Tenino Middle School

 

Broadcast Sports: 

Excellent:
Anacortes High School
Honorable Mention:
Tenino Middle School
Print Friendly, PDF & Email
Leave a Comment

If you want a picture to show with your comment, go get a gravatar.




Navigate Left
Navigate Right
The official site of the Washington Journalism Education Association
2018 State Write-off winners announced