CSPA welcomes 26 graduates to family

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The 63rd-annual California Scholastic Press Association Journalism Workshop ended July 25, when all 26 students participated in the graduation ceremonies at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and celebrated 13 days of work and fun.

Jose Contreras of South Mountain High School in Phoenix, Ariz., received the Ralph Alexander Award while Katherine Chavez of Cleveland High in Reseda received the Millie Alexander Award. The awards, voted on by workshop instructors and counselors, annually honor CSPA’s founders.

Jessica Spitz of Harvard-Westlake High accumulated the most points, as she and her classmates completed approximately 30 workshop assignments. Julia Poe, Trevor Sochocki, Chavez, Michelle Leung and Zach Klamann were also in the top six in total points.

During the workshop, students took classes in news writing, editorial writing, sportswriting, reviews, column writing and other aspects of print journalism. They learned about public relations and how to access public records. They shot photos, produced a four-page newspaper, taped a television broadcast and maintained their own blogs. They took trips to the local television station and newspaper office and enjoyed an afternoon at the beach.

Most importantly, the students learned skills that will benefit them for decades to come, and made lifelong friends.

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