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Journalism students receive awards

 Numerous journalism students earned awards for their hard work and dedication this year. The national recognition for both their efforts and The Olympian itself was definitely a tremendous honor and surprise to the staff.

Every year, the journalists of The Olympian work arduously and take great pride in providing CVHS with the latest stories and information. This year has proven especially successful in an unexpected way.

Five students shared a national Quill and Scroll award for a set of news stories about two former CVHS students arrested and charged with murder. The students are Melody Moteabbed, Kristen Jensen, Leia Saelee, Reyna Garcia and Joyce Liang.

“I was surprised because I wasn’t expecting anything, but it’s an honor to be recognized,” said Liang.

“I think my hard work for the last three years has really paid off, and winning the awards has shown me that I really want to go into the journalism field,” said Garcia.

The awards these girls received was an amazing accomplishment, and weren’t the last of The Olympian’s recognition this year.

Garcia and The Olympian staff earned Quill and Scroll’s top sweepstakes award for an editorial response to the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre.

Kate Pellegrini earned a Quill and Scroll award for her blog about the Close Up trip to President Obama’s inauguration, and another award for an editorial about the CVHS school service class.

Natalie Fazeli won a Quill and Scroll award for her story on school district about cuts and layoffs.

Regional awards went to Jensen for a school service news story, to Lily Carrell for an editorial cartoon, and to Moteabbed for a news photo of the American Sign Language class show.

Each member of the Journalism class contributed so much to the paper this year, always dedicating a tremendous effort to create a newspaper readers enjoy. It was fantastic being nationally recognized for such hard work. This has been The Olympian’s proudest year so far, all thanks to the evident teamwork of this year’s journalism staff.