CSPA celebrates 71st annual graduating class

After a two-year hiatus, the California Scholastic Press Association’s annual summer journalism workshop for high school students returned to the campus of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in July 2022.

The 71st annual workshop was the first to be held in person since 2019 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The nonprofit held online workshops in the summers of 2020 and 2021.

The 2022 workshop had a shorter schedule than usual due to pandemic precautions. Over nine days, students completed 20 reporting, writing and multimedia assignments. They participated in mock breaking news exercises, polished their reporting and writing skills and learned from professional journalists.

It wasn’t all work, either: Students watched classic journalism movies, showed off their skills at a talent show, visited the San Luis Obispo farmers’ market and formed lasting friendships.

All 18 students from California and Nevada graduated at the end of the workshop, joining the long list of CSPA alumni, which includes numerous journalists at news organizations around the country.

Macy Li of Fremont Union High School earned the highest score across all assignments, while Chloe Liversidge of Polytechnic School in Pasadena was honored with the Ralph and Millie Alexander Award for all-around excellence.