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Reagan Recorder & Regalia Yearbook Win State Awards at TAJE

Twenty-four Reagan High School media students in Advanced Journalism Yearbook and Digital Journalism attended the 2013 Texas Association of Journalism Educators Fall State Convention on on October 19-21 in San Antonio, TX., lead by senior editor-in-chief Nicholas Hayes and sophomore assistant editor Jaymi Morris, placed Best of Show among several entered in the online news website category. This makes the Recorder one of the best represented online newspapers in the state of Texas. The 2013 Regalia Yearbook lead by graduates Brittany Thorne, Carrisa Caldarola and senior Nathan Ryan, also won Honorable Mention in Large High School Yearbooks. Bethany Melendez won an award of Excellence in the category of Taste of San Antonio for this photo at TAJE Fall Fiesta On October 21, 2013. Individual write-off competitions were also a part of the convention. All 24 students entered contests in Photography, Broadcasting, Online Packaging, Copywriting Graphic Design and Advertising and were given 3-5 hours to complete.


Senior yearbook editor-in-chief Nathan Ryan and Junior Assistant Editor Urub Khawaja won Superior in Yearbook Theme Package , senior Ellie Landwehr won an award of Excellence in Yearbook Copywriting, Senior Ads Editor Lucy Ramones won an award of Superior in Advertising Design, Junior Assistant Sports Editor Alexis Neuman won an award of Superior for On Site Sports Photography, Senior Clubs Editor Sahar Walji won an award of Superior in Broadcast News Writing, Recorder Editor Nicholas Hayes, Senior Kaitlyn Skorwron and Freshman Maddie Mendez won an award of Excellence in Online Package, Recorder Assistant Editor Jaymi Morris won an award of Excellence in News Writing and Sophomore Photo Editor Bethany Melendez won Honorable Mention for On Site Taste of San Antonio Photography.


The 2013 TAJE state convention hosted nearly 700 high school journalism students from 95 schools across Texas. Out of 520 Write-off entries, 36% were awarded. Students attended over 50 sessions covering all aspects of scholastic journalism including writing, design, broadcast, multimedia, magazine, advertising and social media, among other journalism and media topics. Attendees also had the chance to hear keynote Speaker Ben Montgomery from the Tampa Bay Times. Montgomery was a 2010 Pulitzer Prize finalist and is the founder of the narrative journalism website


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Posted on October 28, 2013