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LeopardLife takes state and national awards

The lead LeopardLife editorial board consists of Ailsa Kokoricha, editor in chief, from left, Parker Post and Lindsey Hughes, managing editors; and Claire Easley, editor in chief.

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The lead LeopardLife editorial board consists of Ailsa Kokoricha, editor in chief, from left, Parker Post and Lindsey Hughes, managing editors; and Claire Easley, editor in chief.


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Austin, TX– LeopardLife print newspaper/newsmagazine and online news site recently earned 32 individual bronze, silver and gold awards and numerous honorable mentions at the ILPC convention in Austin on May 5-6. Additionally, the publication earned a 3rd place for Middle School/ Junior High publications in the National Student Press Association Best of Show category April 14 at the Journalism Educators Association and NSPA convention in San Francisco. LeopardLife also was awarded 3rd place during the fall JEA/NSPA show November 16-19 in Dallas.

“To be honest, I was quite surprised that we took 3rd place (nationally at conventions). At first, I didn’t even know we submitted anything. I was very excited when I got the text saying we got 3rd, especially after hearing how many schools were involved,” Editor-in-Chief, Claire Easley, said.

The Broadcast Journalism program WSMS News recently also received many medals and a distinguished merit rating at ILPC and won eight awards out of the 10 entered at ILPC. The video news program earned 10 out of 12 excellent awards at the national competition through JEA announced May 6.

The newspaper publication also has twice received a Star Award from ILPC/UIL.

“I am proud of my students each day for being news and information leaders on campus and in the Lovejoy community. However, the fact that their hard work and efforts paid off with two national recognition and so many state individual awards is a bonus,” LeopardLifeAdviser, Nicole Sanders, said.

Convergent journalism/media teacher Barb Smith echoed similar sentiments.
“It is all for the kids,” Smith said. “We are merely the shepherds guiding these amazing students.”

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