2020 California Journalism Awards - Campus Division

Writing ( High Schools)Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: Archbishop Riordan High School-The Crusader
    Entry Title: Death of Riordan alumnus shrouded in mystery
    Entry Credit: Steven Rissotto
    Judge Comment: A riveting story about the fate of an alumnus who died working as an undercover police officer. Compelling writing that does not sensationalize.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: Castro Valley High School-The Olympian
    Entry Title: “Stand up, step up and just do it!”
    Entry Credit: Jeanette Wallis, Malin Johansson, Miguel Bernas, Hannah Pilgrim
    Judge Comment: Well written compendium of student efforts in the face of a pandemic. Telling detail that brings students to life.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: Sacramento Country Day School-The Octagon
    Entry Title: Thousands of lightning strikes spark hundreds of fires across California
    Entry Credit: Arjin Claire
    Judge Comment: A portrait of a storm and a fire that keeps the people affected by it front and center. Excellent writing and reporting.
  • Place Name: Fourth Place
    Contestant Name: Archbishop Riordan High School-The Crusader
    Entry Title: Coronavirus crisis forces 2019-2020 school year to continue online
    Entry Credit: Steven Rissotto, Antonio Maffei
    Judge Comment: A comprehensive look at how one school dealt with the Covid shutdown.
  • Place Name: Fifth Place
    Contestant Name: Granite Bay High School-The Gazette
    Entry Title: Classroom Compromise: District works to accommodate all teachers’ needs as schools reopen
    Entry Credit: Justin Ha
    Judge Comment: A well-written look at the tension between teacher safety and reopening during the pandemic.