Idaho students fare well at San Diego convention

8 Gem State students win JEA Write-Off awards


Photo by William Love

Staff from the Cedar Post (Sandpoint) stand with their Write-off Awards at the 2014 National High School Journalism Convention in San Diego.

William Love

Eight Idaho high school journalists won JEA Write-off awards at the 2014 National High School Journalism Convention in San Diego.

The winners included:

  • Kirsten Thompson, Mountain Home, Excellent in YB Copy/Caption: Student Life
  • Chad Schrader, Mountain Home, Honorable Mention in Photography Portfolio
  • Heather DuMars, Sandpoint, Excellent in Editorial Writing
  • Meghan O’Hara, Sandpoint, Excellent in Newsmagazine: Layout
  • Alexus Hiatt, Sandpoint, Excellent in Graphic Design: Photo Illustration
  • Alicia Walker, Sandpoint, Honorable Mention in Newswriting
  • Emily Chatburn, Sandpoint, Honorable Mention in Review Writing
  • Brighten Miller, Sandpoint, Honorable Mention in Graphic Design: Infographics

Sandpoint High School’s Tyson Bird was also honored as Idaho’s student journalist of the year. Bird is Editor-in-Chief of the Cedar Post, which finished third place in the category for broadsheet newspapers of 8 or fewer pages in the NSPA’s Best of Show contest. The Cedar Post’s website,, took ninth for small school websites.

Skyline High’s Westside Story placed fifth in broadsheet newspapers of 13-16 pages. Boise High’s Courier finished sixth in the category for yearbooks of 224 pages or fewer.