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High School Journalism Network Holds 2017 Awards Dinner

SCOE Hosts Students Who Write for Sac County Breeze

Walt Yost standing next to Kainoa Lowman holding plaque

Writing coach Walt Yost presented Kainoa Lowman, a student from C. K. McClatchy High School, with the Journalist of the Year Award.

Excellence in high school journalism was honored last night as the Sacramento High School Journalism Network (SHSJN) hosted its 6th Annual awards dinner.

SHSJN is a project of the California Scholastic Journalism Initiative in collaboration with The Sacramento Bee and the Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE). The program was started with funding from former newspaper publisher Rowland “Reb” Rebele, a First Amendment advocate and philanthropist.

Students write stories for the Sac County Breeze newspaper, a regional high school newspaper project sponsored by SCOE, the SHSJN, and The Sacramento Bee. Their stories are filtered through a team of writing coaches. Professional journalists serve as mentors and support the students in the classroom. SHSJN also provides monitoring for the teachers, free curriculum materials, and access to scholastic journalism resources.

Sacramento High School Journalism Network: Participating Schools

  • C.K. McClatchy High School (Sacramento City U.S.D.)
  • Davis High School (Davis Joint U.S.D.)
  • Elinor Lincoln Hickey Jr./Sr. High School (Sacramento County Office of Education)
  • Florin High School (Elk Grove U.S.D.)
  • Foothill High School (Twin Rivers U.S.D.)
  • Gerber Jr./Sr. High School (Sacramento County Office of Education)
  • Hiram Johnson High School (Sacramento City U.S.D.)
  • John F. Kennedy High School (Sacramento City U.S.D.)
  • Kit Carson International Baccalaureate World School (Sacramento City U.S.D.)
  • Laguna Creek High School (Elk Grove U.S.D.)
  • Luther Burbank High School (Sacramento City U.S.D.)
  • Rio Americano High School (San Juan U.S.D.)
  • River City High School (Washington U.S.D.)
  • The Met Sacramento High School (Sacramento City U.S.D.)
Alexus Briley holding certificate, standing with Walt Yost

SCOE student Alexus Briley, from Gerber Jr./Sr. High School, received two Journalism Awards.

Joyce Terhaar talking to seated students

Joyce Terhaar, Executive Editor and Senior Vice President of The Sacramento Bee served as keynote speaker.