Desert Vista media students awarded for excellence

AIPA Desert Vista winners

Student media leaders across Arizona packed a ballroom to capacity at Arizona State University’s Tempe campus to expand their passions and knowledge for journalism at the Arizona Interscholastic Press Association fall convention.

Desert Vista students took home numerous honorable mention, excellent and superior certificates for contest entries showcasing their work in TV production and yearbook during the annual event that celebrates student media.

“I felt like the most exciting part of the whole trip was the awards ceremony because we got to see all our hard work recognized,” said Abby Arnold. a junior at Desert Vista.

CTE teacher Michelle Coro, a member of the AIPA board that put the event together, said she was thrilled with the turnout and results of the day.

“My goal is to give students opportunities where they can showcase their talents and realize their potential,” said Coro who runs the Storm Yearbook and DVTV production classes. “Competing in contests and attending workshops gives them a chance to experience learning beyond the classroom.”

With more than 600 students from across Arizona in attendance, the day was jam-packed with activities from games to give-aways by sponsoring vendors.

“As it was my first time going to this event, I was very surprised to see all the kids and advisors so passionate about journalism,”  said Izzy Greene, a senior. “I even won a Starbucks gift card!”

Contest entries submitted at the beginning of the summer and judged by media professionals. Winners were announced at the end of the event. DV received various awards for yearbook, photography and broadcast feature stories.

Winners included:

  • Tig Mungia
  • Tatum Sailors
  • Abby Arnold
  • Ava Schwartz
  • Nadine Abdelrahman
  • Avery Lietgen
  • Lauren Meehl
  • Christian Seale
  • Madison Mellman

All received certificates for their outstanding contributions. Eric Daniels, Maya Coro, both graduates from Desert Vista, were also awarded for their work with the 2017-18 Storm yearbook.

“After 4 years of being in a media staff, it felt amazing to finally be recognized for my hard work and finally feel like an accomplished journalist,” said Abdelrahman.


- Desert Vista Thunder Media Staff Writers