Buffalo Island Central Journalism Students bring home national awards

Tuesday, May 14, 2013
BIC journalism students Greydon Williams, Ashlyn Pace and Jillian Key visited several historic places in San Francisco during their recent trip to the National Convention.

Journalism students at Buffalo Island Central High School not only attended the national convention, they won awards for their writing and photography.

Students Jillian Key, Greydon Williams and Ashlyn Pace, accompanied by their adviser Tracey Yates, attended the Journalism Education Association (JEA) National Convention in San Francisco May 24-27.

It was the first time for one of the students to travel by air and it was quite an experience for the group. It was their first time to attend the National Convention.

BIC students enjoy trip to National Convention.

Yates encouraged her students to submit their work for competition.

"I told them it would be fun to compete but not to worry about winning," she said. "After all, we are talking nationals."

She was pleasantly surprised and could not contain her enthusiasm at the awards banquet when Greydon and Jillian were announced as winners.

Jillian Key and Greydon Williams win awards at the JEA National Convention in San Francisco.

Greydon earned an excellent award in photography in the first year photography division with a picture he had submitted of FFA adviser Bruce Fires at the FFA Auction.

Jillian received an excellent award for a commentary write-off she submitted.

The BIC journalism students have received numerous district and state awards and now they can add the two national wins to their list of accomplishments over the last 10 years.

The students enjoyed the nationally known speakers and the visit to a large city. It was a great experience visiting Chinatown, Alcatraz prison, the Golden Gate Bridge and other points of interest. The history behind the tours added to the journalistic nature of the trip.

"The numbers were down this year," Yates said. "We only had four journalism students who do the online newspaper and yearbook. The staff really stepped up and did more than their share. This trip to nationals was a way to reward them for their dedication."

The students worked throughout the year to raise money to go to the National Convention and they were not disappointed. It was all and more than they expected.

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