Over the weekend, Tokay High School's yearbook and newspaper students displayed their writing and photographic skills at the San Joaquin Valley Scholastic Press Association conference sponsored by the Department of Journalism and Mass Communications. It was held at California State University, Fresno.
Tokay's yearbook won its second sweepstakes honor in the last three years behind its superior mail-in evaluation, two first-place trophies and one second-place individual award for last year's annual.
The "Survival of the Fittest" theme reflected how the campus and school struggled against dwindling budget constraints and life's uncertainties. Winners of individual first-place trophies included Raquelle Miller, yearbook photography, and Marlena Sauceda, yearbook copy/essay.
Second-place winners in yearbook layout/design category were Allegra Cesena and Katherine Woznick, who were co-editors of the annual last year.
In the race for the newspaper sweepstakes trophy, Tokay placed third behind first-place winner Stagg High School and second-place Clovis West High School. The sweepstakes trophy is earned through a compilation of points from a newspaper evaluation, student mail-in entries, and on-the-spot competitions.
Tokay's newspaper, the Tokay Press, earned a superior rating in the large-school category.
On-the-spot contest winners were: Raquelle Miller, first, news photography; Mason Billings, first, rookie sports writing; Andrea Ikeda, first, rookie news writing; Kristen Vlavianos, first, rookie feature writing; and Marlena Sauceda, third, advanced news writing.
Mail-in winners were: Andrea Ikeda, second, personality feature; Katherine Woznick, second, sports writing; Nicholas Ebert, third, column/personal experience; Miller, third, news/feature photography and sports photography; Sauceda, honorable mention, critical review; and Jessica Hewlett, honorable mention, topic/issue feature story.