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CFISD Student Journalists Win Balfour Workshop Awards

| September 1, 2016

Cy-Fair HS student journalists display a Certificate of Excellence and trophy they earned at the Balfour Workshop:  (l-r): junior Avery Nelson, senior Brianna Baiza, junior Ashley Nguyen, senior Hunter Woods, junior Vanessa Boyer , senior Sabrina Sommer and junior Belle Mitchum.

Cy-Fair HS student journalists display a Certificate of Excellence and trophy they earned at the Balfour Workshop: (l-r): junior Avery Nelson, senior Brianna Baiza, junior Ashley Nguyen, senior Hunter Woods, junior Vanessa Boyer , senior Sabrina Sommer and junior Belle Mitchum.

Annual Event At Texas A&M Attracts 1,000 Students And Advisers

By Damaris De León, Jersey Village HS

The annual Balfour Workshop, held July 22-25 at Texas A&M University, welcomed 1,000 students and advisers from the state of Texas to prepare school publication staffs for the upcoming school year. Nine CFISD schools were represented, including Cypress Woods, Langham Creek, Cy-Fair, Cypress Lakes, Cypress Falls, Cypress Creek, Cypress Park, Cypress Springs and Jersey Village.

“I chose to attend the workshop in hopes of making the best yearbook our school had to date and learn more about journalism because it’s something I’m really interested in,” said Janelle Madril, Cypress Springs senior and co-editor of the yearbook and newspaper.

The workshop kicked off on Friday with speaker Aric Bostick, who aimed to fire up the attendees with his motivational humor and inspiration. Then the marketing, design, photography, writing, leadership and videography sessions began four days of instruction. These sessions helped students complete the projects that would be judged individually and as group projects by the end of the workshop, all while building bonds within each staff.

“I enjoyed the general camaraderie of the convention and of my staff, as well as learning about lots of new ways to write and cover events. I learned a lot about the new staff members and new things to try to promote visits for the online issue, thecrimsonconnection.com, that I run,” said Billy Schuerman, senior and online newspaper editor at Cypress Woods.

Students were given both feedback, at nightly mentor sessions, and awards according to the work submitted. CFISD schools and students returned with these awards:

  • Newspaper Excellence, Cypress Woods;
  • Marketing Award, Langham Creek;
  • Outstanding Theme Concept and 2nd Place Photography Lighting Project, Belle Mitchum, Cy-Fair;
  • Outstanding Design Concept,Cypress Lakes;
  • Outstanding Theme Concept and Design, Cypress Creek;
  • Newspaper Outstanding Front Page, Best Overall Staffer, Emmilyne Thomas; Newspaper Excellence in Writing, Cade Schaudel; and Happiest Yearbook Staff, Jersey Village.

“I hoped to improve my photography by taking the advanced photography class. It taught me a lot about technique. Michael Peña, our advanced photography class teacher, did an amazing job guiding us in how to create better images,” said Mitchum, a Cy-Fair junior and organizations co-editor of the yearbook.

Not only did camp attendees return home with awards; they returned with working plans for their 2017 publications and the drive to create outstanding publications.

“I feel like now I can take everything I’ve learned and all that I’ve experienced and put it to good use this upcoming year,” said Thomas, a senior at Jersey Village and co-editor of the newspaper. “I have big hopes for this year and having two awards under my belt is a confidence booster because if I can do this on my own, I can only imagine what the staff can do together.”

Staff members were accompanied to the workshop by the publication advisers from the high schools.

Jersey Village HIgh School students won yearbook and newspaper awards. (Front row): Andrea Zagal, Damaris De León, Fabi Rodriguez, Claudia Zagal, Adryan Castaneda; (back row) Emmilyne Thomas, Cade Schaudel, and Gabby Gladney.

Jersey Village HIgh School students won yearbook and newspaper awards. (Front row): Andrea Zagal, Damaris De León, Fabi Rodriguez, Claudia Zagal, Adryan Castaneda; (back row) Emmilyne Thomas, Cade Schaudel, and Gabby Gladney.


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