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'The Pines' recopnized at the state


Polly Burkett

Students accepting the awards for The Pines were Celestial Jackson on the left, Mariah Robinson, Jorge Garcia and Michael Garcia. They are journalism students at Pine Bluffs high.

Great news for our journalism students; The Pines was selected as the Class 2A All-State Newspaper and tied with Cody for the People’s Choice recently at the Wyoming High School State Journalism Convention in Casper Oct. 7 and 8. The students attending the convention vote on their favorite yearbook and newspaper, so winning this award is pretty important to our students.

The convention was more than a competition, it was an educational opportunity for students and advisers alike. Nationally known journalist H.L. Hall gave the keynote speech and conducted several workshops. There were presenters for topics on writing, yearbook design and trends, newspaper, photography, Adobe InDesign and Photoshop software, broadcast, and staff interaction.

“It’s a great opportunity for our students to network with students from other schools across the state,” journalism teacher and editor of The Pines Polly Burkett. “They were able to share their successes and discuss problems that all journalism staffs experience.”

As can be expected with success such as this, several individuals also did extremely well. Awards received by The Pine:

Editorial/Columns: 1st Place - Jalen Cross, “Respect or Scrutiny?”

Feature: 3rd Place - Mariah Robinson, “First-year Teacher Shares his Enthusiasm for Math”

News Stories: 1st Place - Celestial Jackson, “FBLA Well on Way to Establishing New Business”; 2nd Place - “Mariah, Getting Used to a Schedule Change”; 3rd Place - Celestial, “Pheasants Forever Focuses on Youth”

Sports Stories: 2nd Place - Celestial, “Running in Their Footsteps”

Reviews: 1st place - Celestial, “Let the Hunger Games Begin”; 2nd Place - Celestial, “Take an Unexpected Journey”; 3rd Place -Celestial, “Bringing Dreams to Life”

Layout: 1st place - Celestial, “Moving Forward from the Past”; 2nd Place - Celestial, “FBLA well on way to Establishing New Business”; 3rd Place - Celestial, “Running in their Footsteps”

If you see any of these students be sure to give them a shout out.


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