Student writers place in state

Vrinda Chauhan, Staff Writer

Ready, set, write! After placing in the Regional Write-Offs hosted by the Eastern Los Angeles Journalism Education last month, seven members of the Bull’s Eye participated in Southern California Journalism Education Association’s statewide write offs, in which five of them placed in the top fifteen for their respective section.

The competition, held at Rancho Dominguez Preparatory School in Long Beach on March 15, allowed student journalists to compete in various sections, including Photo, Opinion, Feature, News, Critical Review, Editorial Cartooning, and Sports.

Award-winning staffers included seniors Claire Huang, who placed seventh in feature, Xing Yen Quek for ninth place in photography, Gloria Kim for 14th place in Editorial Cartooning, and juniors Joseph Park for 15th place in Sports and Emily Wong, who placed 12th in feature.

During the writing session, students were presented with a scenario to cover as a story, and then given additional time to obtain more information by asking questions after the presentations. On the other hand, contestants in the Critical Review section were to review an animated television show. Participants about had an hour to write their stories, with the exception of Photography, Newspaper Layout, and Yearbook, which allowed competitors two hours. Students were judged based on how engaging and organized their article or layout was.

Divisions such as Newspaper Layout, Yearbook Layout, Critical Review, Editorial Cartooning, Photography were open to all participants, while students competing in Sports, Feature, Opinion, and News were required to place in ELAJ’s Regional Write-Offs.