Monday, March 5, 2012

Dutch Fork Journalism Students Earn Top Honors!

At this weekend's Southern Interscholastic Press Association (SIPA) convention and competition, Dutch Fork High School's journalism programs earned numerous awards and accolades.

Revelations, DFHS' literary magazine, earned an "Excellent" rating and adviser Russell Young was chosen as one of three South Carolina representatives for SIPA's Advisory Council.

The Renaissance, DFHS' newsmagazine, earned a "Superior" rating. Renaissance Co-Editor-in-Chief junior Collyn Taylor was elected Vice President of SIPA's executive board and senior reporter Morgan Holton completed her tenure as the board's Member-at-Large. Additionally, Morgan served as an emcee for the SIPA talent show and was chosen to introduce keynote speaker and WIS-TV anchor Judi Gatson. Morgan was also instrumental in planning the regional convention and developing its theme: "Courage to Connect."

The Silver Screen Report, DFHS' weekly broadcast, also earned a "Superior" rating. In individual broadcast competitions, seniors Richard Lipkin and Austin Lewis won the "Best of Convention" award for sports reporting and junior Alex Cone won the "Best of Convention" award for news reporting; senior Tyler Bloedel earned an "Honorable Mention" for videography. In the Broadcast Anchor competition, senior Daniel Kyre won first place.

Amy Medlock-Greene, adviser of The Renaissance and The Silver Screen Report, completed her tenure as SIPA's Vice Chair and was elected to serve a two-year term as Chair of the regional organization. She also taught a pre-convention workshop in Final Cut Pro.

The Legacy, DFHS' yearbook, earned an All-Southern rating and adviser Deborah Gascon was also selected to represent South Carolina on the SIPA Advisory Council.

Additionally, DFHS alumna Kelsey D'Amico, a junior Visual Communications major at the University of South Carolina, was awarded the Jacobs-Daughtry scholarship for continuing education.

SIPA, a 15-state regional organization for scholastic journalists, hosts its annual convention in Columbia during the first weekend in March. Throughout the weekend, students attended hands-on classes covering software such as Adobe's InDesign and Photoshop, and enhanced their journalistic skill set through attending sessions about photography, videography, design, reporting, and news, sports and feature writing. They also learned about media law and ethics, and explored methods for expanding their coverage online and integrating social media such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and tumblr into their publications.

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