Irvine High School’s El Vaquero newspaper staff won 1st Place in sweepstakes at the Orange County Journalism Education Association at Fullerton College on Saturday. The group also brought home 1st Place in Best of Show, Division 2.
Those contributing to the win included Mehr Bawa and Brian Zhou in news, 1st and 2nd Place, respectively; Claire Song and Michelle Ma in feature writing; Brenda Nguyen, 1st Place in editorial writing; and Sahil Patne, 1st Place in sports. Mona Chahine placed 1st in news photography and Joyce Hsiou and Jonathan Lam both placed in newspaper layout. Nineteen Irvine High staffers participated in the annual contest that this year consisted of 14 local area schools and around 300 student journalists.
This is the first time El Vaquero has had four 1st Place winners in a single write-off event.
Winners in the sweepstakes categories of news, feature, editorial and sports will advance to the state competition on March 25 in Long Beach, along with participants in several non-qualifying categories.