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2020 California Journalism Awards Campus Writing Contest Winners – High Schools

2020 California Journalism Awards
Campus Writing Contest Winners

High Schools


First-place and second-place plaques will be shipped directly to the winning publications in the coming weeks.

Personalized certificates will also be mailed to winners in each category.

A complete list of all California Journalism Award winners will be provided on May 18th.


Circ Group(s)Category NameAwardOrganizationCityEntry TitleCommentsCredits
High SchoolsWritingFirst PlaceArchbishop Riordan High School-The CrusaderSan FranciscoDeath of Riordan alumnus shrouded in mysteryA riveting story about the fate of an alumnus who died working as an undercover police officer. Compelling writing that does not sensationalize.Steven Rissotto
High SchoolsWritingSecond PlaceCastro Valley High School-The OlympianCastro ValleyStand up, step up and just do it!'Well written compendium of student efforts in the face of a pandemic. Telling detail that brings students to life.
Jeanette Wallis, Malin Johansson, Miguel Bernas, Hannah Pilgrim
High SchoolsWritingThird PlaceSacramento Country Day School-The OctagonThousands of lightning strikes spark hundreds of fires across CaliforniaA portrait of a storm and a fire that keeps the people affected by it front and center. Excellent writing and reporting.Arjin Claire
High SchoolsWritingFourth PlaceArchbishop Riordan High School-The CrusaderSan FranciscoCoronavirus crisis forces 2019-2020 school year to continue onlineA comprehensive look at how one school dealt with the Covid shutdown.Steven Rissotto, Antonio Maffei
High SchoolsWritingFifth PlaceGranite Bay High School-The GazetteGranite BayClassroom Compromise: District works to accommodate all teachers' needs as schools reopenA well-written look at the tension between teacher safety and reopening during the pandemic.Justin Ha