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AHS sweeps top honors at journalism awards

AHS sweeps top honors at journalism awards
Posted on 03/05/2019

In its first year of competing at the Tennessee High School Press Awards, Arlington High School had a remarkable showing, racking up a dozen awards including the three highest honors.

The THSPA is a long-standing prestigious journalism organization and the state’s official Journalism Education Association chapter. For the first time in the organization’s history, the three top honors went to one school: Arlington High.

Aaron Moser, a senior interested in pursuing journalism in college and the current student reporter for ACS, won Student Journalist of the Year. The judges called Aaron “a risk taker in all aspects of journalism” and said his diverse reporting, on subjects like sports, feature storytelling, politics andgroup photo general news, made him special and deserving of the award.

The Outstanding Media Advisor of the Year was awarded to Arlington’s Jessica Roberts, the teacher over digital media and the AHS Tiger Life publication, for exhibiting outstanding teaching abilities. As Digital Media Director, Roberts supervises the student-managed Tiger Life publication, which hosts news articles and videos and live sporting events.

AHS Principal Chris Duncan also won Administrator of the Year, which is awarded to a school administrator who has exhibited support for journalism/creative arts and student media. Principal Duncan helped oversee many journalism and art-related projects, including the renovation of the TV studio, the implementation of high-definition studio equipment and the creation of the PAVE Fine Arts Academy.

“This is the first time we entered for these awards,” Roberts said. “Not knowing what the judges were looking for or which projects to submit was a struggle, but the students were ecstatic with the awards won.”

Beyond the top honors, AHS also garnered nine other awards, including third place in the Best Overall Website and Best Overall TV Station. See the full list of additional winners below.

Digital Journalism and TV Production are courses available in PAVE, a Performing Arts and Visual Fine Arts Academy allowing students to specialize in concentrated arts fields. PAVE includes Visuals Arts, Film & Video, Vocal Music, Instrumental Music and Speech & Debate.