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2012 Alice Sheetz Oregon High School Journalist Of the Year scholarship winners announced


March 21, 2012 | Olivia Moore, a senior at Lakeridge High School, was named the 2012 Oregon High School Journalist of the Year. Moore is now a candidate for the National High School Journalist of the Year sponsored by the Journalism Education Association. The winner of the national award will be named at Spring National High School Journalism Convention in Seattle, Wash. on April 15, 2012.

Moore submitted a binder that included samples of her work, an application, an essay, a transcript, and multiple letters of recommendation. Moore serves as the Editor-in-Chief of Content of The Newspacer, the Lakeridge student newspaper. Her work samples articles and photos published in the Newspacer as well as professional publications.

The selection committee was particularly impressed by Moore’s journalism work outside of her own school. Moore was a Youth Board member at the Lake Oswego Review and has been published in the Review as well as the Bedford Record-Review, a weekly newspaper in New York state. She plans on majoring in Communications at Stanford University, starting in the fall of 2012.

In her letter of recommendation, Lakeridge Publications Adviser Erin Schloetter called Moore “fearless” and “the best journalist that I have encountered in my career.”

“We are proud to award the title of Oregon High School Journalist of the Year to Olivia Moore. Her skill and dedication to both scholastic and professional journalism is extraordinary. She is an extremely talented young journalist,” J.D. McIntire, Oregon JEA Director said.

As winner of the JOY award Moore receives the Alyce Sheetz Scholarship of $1,000. The scholarship is co-sponsored by the OJEA and Northwest Scholastic Press.

Justine Moore, a senior at Lakeridge High School, was named the first runner-up for the 2012 Oregon High School Journalist of the Year. She is the twin sister of the winner of the Oregon High School Journalist of the Year award, Olivia Moore. This is the first time siblings have been the top two recipients of this award. It’s only the second time the top two have come from the same school.

“Justine is a top-notch journalist as well,” said Schloetter. “She’s tenacious in tracking down sources, often calling until she gets just the right person on the phone.  She’s not happy just getting the same answers she could have gotten from a press release.”

Justine Moore’s entry included extensive work she has published in the Lakeridge Newspacer as well as work she had published on the website associated with the American Quarter Horse Journal.  Her work has also appeared on a national scholastic news website as well as in the Lake Oswego Review.

As first runner-up, Justine Moore receives a $500 scholarship. The scholarship is co-sponsored by the OJEA and Northwest Scholastic Press.

J.D. McIntire, the publications adviser at Sandy High School, was named the 2012 Mary Hartman Oregon Journalism Teacher of the Year. The award comes with a $500 cash award paid from an endowment by the Hartman family.

Mary Hartman was the executive director of Oregon Scholastic Press at the University of Oregon, and her husband Barrie Hartman was managing editor of The Eugene Reigster-Guard. The award honors the can-do spirit and tireless support Mary offered Oregon journalism advisers for many years.

McIntire has been the newspaper adviser at Sandy High School for 14 years and the yearbook adviser for eight years. He has also taught a Beginning Journalism class and a Web Design class during that time.

During his tenure at SHS, the newspaper staff has won more than 300 state journalism awards and three Sandy students have been named Oregon High School Journalist of the Year. Three other SHS students have been runner-up for that award.

McIntire is a past-president of the Oregon Journalism Education Association, a co-chairperson of the National High School Journalism Convention and currently serves as the Oregon State Director for the Journalism Education Association.

The selection committee for both awards consisted of current and former high school publications advisers and board members of OJEA and NWSP.

To read the complete list of winners, visit Oregon High School Journalist Of the Year.

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