Three yearbook photogs receive highest award in JEA national contest
Posted: May 31, 2016 in Electives, Student Accomplishments, Yearbook
Staff members from the Cougar Chronicles recently earned recognition in the Journalism Education Association’s Junior High and Middle School National Media Contest. Three students – Lauren Powell, SeAnna Brennan, and Justin LaPrise – earned Superior ratings for their photos and received medals for their efforts, as only 10 percent of entries receive Superior ratings.
Brennan and Megan Wagner earned two Excellent ratings, while Skylar Sosa and Brooke Wine each earned one.
Wine and Robin Marshall each earned two Honorable Mentions, while Powell, Tiffani Morris, Mariana Rios, and Madonna Parker each earned one. The entire staff received an HR for theme development throughout the book.
In all, 17 of the photos submitted by Chronicles staffers were recognized. Mr. Jason Davis is the staff adviser.
Eighth grader Josh Natividad practices his baritone saxaphone in the school parking lot on Nov. 5. The marching band was practicing the “CCJH” cadance and other songs in preparation for the Apache Junction Veteran’s Day parade. (This photo earned an Excellent rating for photographer Skylar Sosa.)
Eighth grader Addison Geiger, right, high fives eighth grader Emily Reynolds during a PE soccer game. Reynolds had just scored a goal with an assist from Geiger. (This photo earned an Excellent rating for photographer Megan Wagner)
Seventh graders Brooklyn Garcia, left, and Brody Bullard try to hit the ball while playing volleyball during lunch. (This photo earned an Excellent rating for photographer SeAnna Brennan.)
Seventh grader Weston Workman moves his knight during a chess club practice match in March. Cactus Canyon was preparing for a tournament against the club from Apache Junction High School. (This photo earned a Superior rating for photographer Justin LaPrise.)
Eighth grader Kyle Caillouette calms a nervous Jose Ayala before the fall music concert. (This photo earned an Honorable Mention for photographer Brooke Wine.)
Seventh grader Kaylee Smith drives through defenders from Combs Middle School. Cactus Canyon went on to win the game, 34-23. This photo earned an Honorable Mention for photographer Robin Marshall.
Seventh grader Jaden Miner hustles home to beat the throw from the left fielder. The run helped the Cougars stay undefeated and defeat Desert Wind, 15-1. This photo earned a Superior rating for photographer SeAnna Brennan.
Seventh grader Mackenzie Vandekrol falls into the cradle of her teammates after performing a stunt at the Feb. 18 home football game. (This photo earned an Excellent rating for photographer Brooke Wine.)
Seventh grader SeAnna Brennan and eighth grader Kaira Landa chase the ball during a keep-away drill. The drill helps players complete multiple passes consecutively and improve their with teammates. (This photo earned an Excellent rating for photographer Brooke Wine.)
Eighth grader Thomas Duarte makes a leaping save on a close shot from an opposing player. The shot came from about 10 yards out and the save helped Cactus Canyon defeat Combs Middle School, 2-0. (This photo earned an Excellent Rating for photographer Megan Wagner.)
Seventh grader Madonna Parker snaps a unique self-portrait for a yearbook photo assignment. For the assignment, called “Hard to Get,” students were asked to use photographic elements in creative ways. This photo earned an Honorable Mention for photographer Madonna Parker.
Eighth grader Kim Evans runs during the chili cook-off event on March 2. Math teacher Lydia Henry said, “She just runs everywhere.” This photo earned an Honorable Mention for photographer Mariana Rios.
Eighth grader Skyla Rees, right, catches water from the cup of an unidentified classmate during a bonding activity in PE. Coach Kim Grant has a water day every August when school begins because she believes students play better and learn games more quickly when they’ve had a chance to get to know their classmates. (This photo earned an Honorable Mention for photographer Robin Marshall.)
Eighth grader Yesenia Wynn Nelson laughs while preparing her voice for choir class. Chorus members sing the ABC’s at an increasing rate of speed every day to warm up before practicing their songs. (This photo earned an Excellent rating for photographer SeAnna Brennan.)
Eighth grader Maya Richardson looks through a magnifying glass during an activity in Mrs. Candice Wyatt’s forensic science class. Students learned about different types of fingerprints and determined which one they have. (This photo earned a Superior rating for photographer Lauren Powell in the JEA contest.)
Eighth grader Haley Loftis rolls a pair of dice during a probability activity in Mrs. Lydia Henry’s Math 8 class. During the activity, students created ratios to determine the probability of an event. (This photo earned an Honorable Mention for photographer Lauren Powell.)
Eighth grader Angel Rocha, right, reacts with surprise to a Candy Land card drawn by eighth-grade Student Council member Lola Knotts. StuCo members visit students in the Life Skills program every day during seventh hour and help with their social skills curriculum. (This photo earned an Honorable Mention for photographer Tiffani Morris.)