By Stella Heo and Kayli Harley, Online Editors-in-Chief
// Whether it be fires within a mile radius of the school, a global pandemic, or the removal of a classic tale from the school’s reading list, Acalanes High School’s student-run newspaper, Blueprint, strived to inform the community.
This year, Blueprint won 25 awards in total from the county-wide Dean S. Lesher Foundation, nationwide Quill and Scroll, the Journalism Education Association of Northern California (JEANC), and the National Federation of Press Women (NFPW).
For the third consecutive year, Blueprint earned first place for Overall Excellence from the Lesher Foundation, which honored Blueprint as a whole and not just specific articles.
In addition to winning Overall Excellence at the Lesher Awards, Blueprint’s Natalie Seiler won in Best Photography for her photograph, “Protestor”, juniors Stella Heo, Emerson Brown, and Katrina Ortman won first place in News Writing for their article, “Local Fires and Power Outages Shake Community”, and senior Jamie Lattin won first place in Feature Writing for her article, “Rise and Fall: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”.
Blueprint also won awards from the University of Iowa’s Quill and Scroll contest, including the best News Magazine Cover Design in the nation, which class of 2020 graduates Sydney Christensen and Fin Soto designed for the article “The Lafayette Look: Conformity and ‘Flex Culture’ in Modern Suburbia”.
In addition to winning awards from Quill and Scroll, Blueprint received several awards from JEANC, one of which being Zoe Edelman’s second-place win in NEWSPUB Spread Design for her work in “The Depth of the Water: Sexism at Acalanes”.
The NFPW awarded Blueprint several awards, including Sofia Olsson’s first-place win in their Columns or Blogs category for her column, Sofia’s Satires.
Blueprint advisor Natalie Moore praised the students’ hard work and dedication throughout the school year.
“The awards are a testament to the Herculean dedication of our Blueprint staff. I am inspired by their ethic and by their devotion,” Moore said. “This is a proper gift to a phenomenal advisor, Larry Freeman, upon his retirement.”
Here is the complete list of awards:
- Overall Excellence, First Place (third year in a row)
- Emerson Brown, Stella Heo, Katrina Ortman, First Place, News Writing, “Local Fires and Power Outages Shake Community”
- Jamie Lattin, First Place, Feature Writing, “Rise and Fall: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”
- Natalie Seiler, Best Photography, First Place, “Protestor”
- Lue Van Handel, Photography, Second Place, “Rally”
- Lue Van Handel, Photography, Honorable Mention, “Basketball at the Rim”
- Sydney Christensen, Best Page Design, Honorable Mention, “How to Register to Vote”
- Double NPR, Best Podcast, Second Place
- Anne Thiselton-Dyer and Zoe Edelman, Opinion Writing, Third Place, “Hiding in the Ivory Tower: Desensitization of Violence in Schools”
- Zack Lara, Arts and Entertainment Writing, Second Place, “Audiences Dispute about DC’s ‘Joker’”
- Ethan Walker, Editorial Cartoon, Third Place, “Only PG&E Can Stop Wildfires”
- Binti Sohn, Third Place, Feature Writing, “Festivities for All”
- Blueprint Online, Second Place, Overall Website Excellence
Quill and Scroll:
- Sydney Christensen and Fin Soto, News Magazine Cover Design, Sweepstakes Winner Best in the Nation, “The Lafayette Look: Conformity and ‘Flex Culture’ in Modern Suburbia”
- Jamie Lattin, In-Depth Individual Reporting, Second Place, “Rise and Fall: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”
- Emmy, Katrina, and Stella, In-Depth Team Reporting, Honorable Mention, “Local Fires and Power Outages Shake Community”
- Nelson Rogers, Opinion Writing, Honorable Mention, “The Dangerous Precedent of Taking Huck Off the Shelf”
- Nicole Prozan, Opinion Writing, Honorable Mention, “Rejecting Roe Restrictions and the Pro-Life Problem”
- Claire Mueller, Review Writing, Honorable Mention, “Captain Marvel Introduces the First Female Lead in Cinematic Universe”
- Zoe Edelman, NEWSPUB spread design, Second Place, “The Depth of the Water: Sexism at Acalanes”
- Emerson Brown, Stella Heo, and Katrina Ortman, Digital Media Breaking News Story, Third Place, “Local Fires and Power Outages Shake Community”
- Zoe Cate, Digital Media News Web Site Design, Honorable Mention
- Sofia Olsson, Columns or Blogs, First Place, Sofia’s Satires
- Emerson Brown, Stella Heo, and Katrina Ortman, News Story, Second Place, “Local Fires and Power Outages Shake Community”
- Sofia Olsson and Charlotte Glass, Environment, Third Place, “Global Climate Strike Hits the Streets of San Francisco”