The Columbus Broadcast Journalism team of Christopher Columbus High, CCNN Live, competed against about 6,000 students nationwide in the National Scholastic Press Association’s 2015 convention in Orlando. For a second year in a row, the team won the Broadcast Pacemaker Award for Best Daily Show.
Select students were awarded for their project submissions during the convention. Antonio Castellanos earned first place in Videography; Victor Prieto earned first place in Package Editing; Phillip Bootsma placed first in Broadcast Feature Story; David Perez, Danyel DeVilliers, and Anthony Martinez placed second in Broadcast Sports Story of the Year; David Perez placed fifth in Broadcast Sports Story of the Year; David Perez and Sebastian Planas earned honorable mention for Broadcast News Story of the Year.
ST. BRENDAN HIGH SCHOOL
Celeste Higgins, an alumni of St. Brendan High School, arranged for law students to visit the federal courthouse in downtown Miami with instructors Steve Piscitelli and Olga Fernandez.
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Students sat with U.S. Senior Judge Patricia Seitz, took a tour of the federal marshal’s office and sat through a trial that involved a defendant pleading guilty.
SCHOOL FOR ADVANCED STUDIES
Byron Rocha and Ashley Gray of the School for Advanced Studies in Homestead were winners of the South Dade News Leader and Homestead Miami Speedway essay contest. English teacher Adrienne Pedroso encouraged both students to write about what position they would hold as a NASCAR racing team member.
One winner was selected for each grade level: Byron won for 12th grade and Ashley won for 11th. Each received two weekend passes for the Ford Championship Weekend NASCAR races from Nov. 20-22 at Homestead Miami Speedway.