2020 California Journalism Awards - Campus Division

Profile Story ( High Schools)Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: Sacramento Country Day School-The Octagon
    Entry Title: Award-winning pianist plays at Carnegie Hall, performs with Country Day Jazz Band
    Entry Credit: Héloïse Schep
    Judge Comment: This story was engaging from the start, cleanly written and had a variety of sources that went beyond the typical high school journalism level. 
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: Sacramento Country Day School-The Octagon
    Entry Title: Senior on music: ‘I definitely want to keep playing for as long as I can’
    Entry Credit: Arikta Trivedi
    Judge Comment: You demonstrate advanced writing for high school journalism. Nice, clean story.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: Sacramento Country Day School-The Octagon
    Entry Title: Senior swimmer commits to Divison I university
    Entry Credit: Arijit Trivedi
    Judge Comment: This story has very clean, advanced writing for the high school level. While committing to a college is not the most original topic, this reporter used excellent storytelling skills. 
  • Place Name: Fourth Place
    Contestant Name: Archbishop Riordan High School-The Crusader
    Entry Title: Riordan manager Dominic Stevens’ iconic journey to the court
    Entry Credit: Steven Rissotto
    Judge Comment: This is a lovely story about an athlete pursuing a dream. But the one thing that is unclear to me: Why did Dominic wait until the last game to try basketball? There must be a reason that for years he was team manager, but then wanted to play. Your whole school may know why, but I don't. That said, still an inspiring story. I would have left out the reference to Michael Jordan — a little over the top to compare someone's first game to Jordan's playing.
  • Place Name: Fifth Place
    Contestant Name: Archbishop Riordan High School-The Crusader
    Entry Title: Fallen Crusader remembered decades after Golden Dragon Massacre
    Entry Credit: CJ Cabanero
    Judge Comment: You have a very intriguing topic. As a profile story, however, I would have liked to have learned a lot more about this fallen Crusader. I also needed more information about why some of the people were quoted, and why their comments matter.