Terrace journalism students bring home awards from state conference

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Mary Beth Tinker addresses a room of attendees; in the front row are MTHS students Gurminder Singh, left, and Paxtyn Merten.
Mary Beth Tinker addresses a room of attendees; in the front row are MTHS students Gurminder Singh, left, and Paxtyn Merten.

Story and photo by Doug Petrowski

A contingent of 10 Mountlake Terrace High School journalism students attended the 2013 Washington Journalism Education Association state conference at Inglemoor High School on March 9, taking part in seminars, hearing guest speakers and walking away with numerous honors in writing and newspaper production.

MTHS students receiving awards at the conference were Alyssa Vallester, AnhViet Nguyen, Nick Fiorillo, Gurminder Singh, Serafina Urrutia and Sereena Gee.

One of the many speakers that students heard from at the conference was Mary Beth Tinker, plaintiff in the 1969 Supreme Court case Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District that led to a court decision upholding First Amendment speech rights for students.

The WJEA consists of education members committed to the teaching and advising of many forms of journalism including newspapers, magazines, yearbooks, television and radio broadcasting and publishing on the Internet. Vince DeMiero, journalism and English teacher at Mountlake Terrace High School, is a past president of the WJEA.

WJEA State Conference contest results (MTHS students)
Alyssa Vallester (junior) Superior in News Writing
AnhViet Nguyen (senior) Excellent in Newspaper Layout & Design
Nick Fiorillo (sophomore) Honorable Mention in Copy Writing / Headline Writing
Gurminder Singh (sophomore) Honorable Mention in Editorial Writing
Serafina Urrutia (sophomore) Honorable Mention in News / Feature Newspaper Photography
Sereena Gee (freshman) Honorable Mention in Advertising Design

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