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Lakeridge HS editor takes top honor in Oregon High School Journalist of the Year 2012


Lakeridge editor chosen to compete for national High School Journalist of Year 2012

Olivia Moore, a senior at Lakeridge High School, was named the 2012 Oregon High School Journalist of the Year. Moore is now a candidate for the National High School Journalist of the Year sponsored by the Journalism Education Association.

The winner of the national award will be named at Spring National High School Journalism Convention in Seattle, Wash. on April 15, 2012.

Moore submitted a binder that included samples of her work, an application, an essay, a transcript, and multiple letters of recommendation. Moore serves as the Editor-in-Chief of Content of The Newspacer, the Lakeridge student newspaper. Her work samples articles and photos published in the Newspacer as well as professional publications.

The selection committee was particularly impressed by Moore’s journalism work outside of her own school. Moore was a Youth Board member at the Lake Oswego Review and has been published in the Review as well as the Bedford Record-Review, a weekly newspaper in New York state. She plans on majoring in Communications at Stanford University, starting in the fall of 2012.

In her letter of recommendation, Lakeridge Publications Adviser Erin Schloetter called Moore “fearless” and “the best journalist that I have encountered in my career.”

“We are proud to award the title of Oregon High School Journalist of the Year to Olivia Moore. Her skill and dedication to both scholastic and professional journalism is extraordinary. She is an extremely talented young journalist,” J.D. McIntire, Oregon JEA Director said.

As winner of the JOY award Moore receives the Alyce Sheetz Scholarship of $1,000. The scholarship is co-sponsored by the Oregon Journalism Education Association and Northwest Scholastic Press.

Alyce Sheetz advised many award-winning publications produced by her students at South Eugene High School before becoming executive director of Oregon Scholastic Press at the University of Oregon School of Journalism. She was an inspirational leader and coach to an entire generation of successful advisers in Oregon before her retirement.

Twin sister earns runner-up title in Oregon High School Journalist of the Year 2012

Justine Moore, a senior at Lakeridge High School, was named the first runner-up for the 2012 Oregon High School Journalist of the Year. She is the twin sister of the winner of the Oregon High School Journalist of the Year award, Olivia Moore. This is the first time siblings have been the top two recipients of this award. It’s only the second time the top two have come from the same school.

“Justine is a top-notch journalist as well,” said Schloetter. “She’s tenacious in tracking down sources, often calling until she gets just the right person on the phone.  She’s not happy just getting the same answers she could have gotten from a press release.”

Justine Moore’s entry included extensive work she has published in the Lakeridge Newspacer as well as work she had published on the website associated with the American Quarter Horse Journal.  Her work has also appeared on a national scholastic news website as well as in the Lake Oswego Review.

As first runner-up, Justine Moore receives a $500 scholarship. The scholarship is co-sponsored by the Oregon Journalism Education Association and Northwest Scholastic Press.

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