On Wednesday, students from the Boonville High School's Pirate Press and The Buccaneer staff traveled to the Missouri School of Journalism in Columbia to attend the 44th annual Scholastic Journalism Awards Day. The newspaper staff scored an overall superior rating (second highest award) and the yearbook staff scored an excellent rating (third highest award) at the event.
Noah Heaton and Logan Esser were awarded the Show-Me award (the highest award) for their "In the News" article.
"It was really cool to win a Show-Me award with Noah. We worked really hard to make sure we wrote a good article to inform everyone what was going on and it was great to be recognized for our hard work," Esser said.
Journalism Day is hosted by the Missouri Interscholastic Press Association (MIPA) and this year was a record breaking year in attendance. MIPA president Stephanie Green agrees that the day was a success.
"We had an exciting program with many opportunities for student journalists to learn from professionals and from the Missouri School of Journalism staff and faculty," Green said.
Although the event only lasted one day, many months of planning go into action. Students from around the state put hard work into their school's newspaper and yearbook, and then once a year, they submit their best articles and pictures to be judged.
"I'm really proud of how well we did as a staff this year. I am especially proud of Noah and Logan for their Show-Me awards for their articles and the staff for their overall superior rating," Pirate Press Adviser Abby Courtney said.
During the event, more than 1,100 awards were given to students and the event also had many different breakout sessions. The session topics were focused on different aspects of high school journalism and also gave students a taste of what a career in journalism might look like.
Senior Stella Holland attended the session that focused on design gathering tips and ideas to bring back to her school yearbook.
"The instructor taught us how to use the simplest graphics, such as a tiny dot, and turn it into a successful logo for a brand. She also showed us how you could enhance the dot by adding a graphic to help separate the sections of a newspaper," Holland said.
The key note speaker, Scott Pham, showed students the limitless possibilities in journalism. He and his staff use drones to capture video footage from a birds-eye prospective. Using modern technology, such as their homemade drone, they are able to make a broadcasting video more interesting by using a different prospective.
"I thought the speaker was exciting and showed the students all the possibilities for the future on journalism," Green said.