CFISD journalists win awards at annual state convention

October 25, 2019

Bridgeland High School Student Media members showcase the awards they won at the 2019 TAJE Fall Fiesta, held Oct. 19-21 in San Antonio. Bridgeland High School Student Media members showcase the awards they won at the 2019 TAJE Fall Fiesta, held Oct. 19-21 in San Antonio. 

By Ashtyn Haggard, Bridgeland HS

Oct. 25, 2019—Journalism students from Bridgeland, Cypress Falls and Cypress Ridge high schools participated in the Texas Association of Journalism Educators (TAJE) annual Fall Fiesta convention Oct. 19-21 in San Antonio and brought home many awards and memories.

The Fall Fiesta, a convention for student journalists across the state, featured a five-student advisory panel for the first time in 2019. Bridgeland Student Media junior Cara Hudson was elected as an inaugural member.

Cypress Falls High School student journalists won three awards at the TAJE Fall Fiesta, held Oct. 19-21 in San Antonio.
Cypress Falls High School student journalists won three awards at the TAJE Fall Fiesta, held Oct. 19-21 in San Antonio.

“It was really exciting to know that I was trying to get into something that would gain me more recognition in the journalism world and finding out that I got in was really amazing… [It was great] being put with these amazing journalists from all around Texas,” Hudson said.

Samantha Berry, Bridgeland Student Media adviser, ended the convention as the closing keynote speaker.

Cypress Ridge High School student journalists gather at the TAJE Fall Fiesta in San Antonio.
Cypress Ridge High School student journalists gather at the TAJE Fall Fiesta in San Antonio.

Cypress Falls adviser Amber Jennings and Cypress Ridge adviser Rebekah Vest attended the Fall Fiesta for the first time in 2019, accompanied by student staff members.

“I was hesitant to jump into the convention setting with contests, but this is one of the best experiences that we have had. I'm just sorry we didn’t do it sooner,” Jennings said. “TAJE offered a variety of classes for my students to learn from people who excel in various areas of journalism while also giving my students the opportunity to compete in contests and network with their peers.”

Bridgeland High School senior Makayla Nguyen displays the school’s third-place Best in Show award presented at the 2019 TAJE Fall Fiesta for its 2018-2019 school yearbook, the Kodiak.
Bridgeland High School senior Makayla Nguyen displays the school’s third-place Best in Show award presented at the 2019 TAJE Fall Fiesta for its 2018-2019 school yearbook, the Kodiak. 

Amid attending a variety of learning sessions, CFISD journalists earned 24 awards at the Fall Fiesta. Bridgeland won third-place Best of Show in yearbook, honorable mention Best of Show in online news and fourth-place overall Sweepstakes.  

“They all walked away from this experience closer to each other and more confident in themselves than they ever have been before,” Jennings said. “They are already talking about next year and how amazing it is going to be. Also, because of this experience, we are already planning to go to another convention in the spring.”

The following CFISD students earned awards at the conference:

Name

High school

Award

Category

Freja Cini

Cypress Falls

Superior

Feature Writing

Mackenzie Walker

Bridgeland

Superior

On-site Photo – Student journalists at work

Makayla Nguyen

Bridgeland

Superior

Yearbook Theme Package

Madison Gunn

Bridgeland

Superior

Yearbook Theme Package

Emma Zwick

Bridgeland

Excellent

Headline Writing

Sophia Villarreal

Cypress Falls

Excellent

Editorial Writing

Cara Hudson

Bridgeland

Excellent

Yearbook Copy

Liz Kemsley

Bridgeland

Excellent

Review Writing

Macie Gunn

Bridgeland

Excellent

On-site Photo – Portrait

Ella Barnes

Bridgeland

Excellent

On-site Photo – Portrait

Excellent

On-site Photo – Student journalists at work

Lilly Kosh

Bridgeland

Honorable Mention

On-site Photo – Fiesta

Honorable Mention

On-site Photo – In motion

Eden Smith

Bridgeland

Honorable Mention

On-site Photo – Fiesta

Honorable Mention

On-site Photo – Portrait

Ashley Montoya

Cypress Falls

Honorable Mention

News Writing

Ashtyn Haggard

Bridgeland

Honorable Mention

News Writing

Kaiya Little

Bridgeland

Honorable Mention

In-Depth Package

Olivia Masterson

Bridgeland

Honorable Mention

In-Depth Package

Tommy Yarrish

Bridgeland

Honorable Mention

In-Depth Package

Abbey Roberts

Bridgeland

Honorable Mention

On-site Photo – Student journalists at work

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