Excellence

MHS Journalism Students Earn 29 State Recognitions, 4 Advance to National Level

The Press Women of Texas High School Journalism Competition award committee recently announced the winners of their state contest. Midway CTE Commercial Photography and Graphic Design students earned a total of 29 honors for writing, design, and digital photography, which includes work completed between February of 2020 and February of 2021. 

These students are some of the 50 staff members of the Midway High School yearbook and newspaper who produce a 216-page yearbook and a monthly eight- to 16-page newspaper. The students write, photograph, and design all aspects of their publications while under the supervision of adviser Jamie Beavers.

By publishing their own work, they learn a variety of real-world skills including professional communication, leadership, time management, problem solving and marketing strategies.

STATE RESULTS: 

FIRST PLACE WINNERS

These students are moving on to the national competition in June!

Current junior Katie Baird: yearbook photo called Science Flame Lab 

Graduate Julia Beck: yearbook layout category for School Spirit Spread 

Graduate Zoie Bishop: yearbook copywriting category for article on community service projects 

Graduate Kendall Lowe and staff: newspaper editorial writing for a quarantine-time editorial called Message from the Panther Post Staff 

Dylan Lopez conducts a fire chemical reaction in Shyanne Lee’s chemistry lab using a flint spark lighter to light the fire for the pot. 

This first place photo was taken by Katie Baird and appeared on page 116 of the 2020 MHS yearbook.

Varsity football team members lead the team on the field before defeating Ellison, 24-21 on Sept. 19. 

This second place photo was taken by David Garcia.

SECOND PLACE WINNERS 

Current junior David Garcia: yearbook photo category for a football action photo on the sports open spread 

Graduate Adia West: yearbook layout category for boys track spread 

Current junior Kylie Daniell: yearbook copywriting category for article on German Club 

Current senior Victoria Hasbun: newspaper graphics category for Election Edition front cover art, newspaper cartooning category for Dressed and Unimpressed artwork 

Current Senior Sabrina Zheng: newspaper single-page layout category for Homecoming Wrap-Up 

Current junior Brenna Eubanks: newspaper review writing category for I Am Harley Freakin’ Quinn 

Below and to the right is second place art by Victoria Hasbun, one from the election edition of the Panther Post and one from a Halloween costumes article.

THIRD PLACE WINNERS

Current junior Katie Baird: yearbook layout category for science spread 

Current junior Jillian Brennan: newspaper photo category for image of the homecoming queen’s reaction to winning 

Current sophomore Alyssa Utrera: newspaper graphics category for October edition front cover artwork, newspaper single-page layout category for Short Classes, High Spirits 

Graduate Jose Diaz: newspaper opinion writing category for The Politics of the Plaque 

Current junior Marlene Chaparro: newspaper sports writing category for Senior Serve, a volleyball profile

HONORABLE MENTION WINNERS 

Graduate Samuel Lamkin: yearbook photo category for a pep rally photo 

Graduate Ellie Gulley: yearbook layout category for JV/9th football spread 

Graduate Zoie Bishop: yearbook layout category for Blue Crew/Panther Patrol spread 

Current junior Zach Davitashvili: newspaper single-page layout category for Freaky Flicks 

Current junior David Garcia: newspaper photo category for Gotta Sing, Gotta Dance photo 

Graduate Sarah Toups: newspaper feature writing category for Seniors Worry About Cancellations 

Current junior Kennedy McAdams: newspaper sports writing category for Cheerleaders Help Elementary Students D.A.B. 

Current junior Zach Davitashvili: newspaper review writing category for Freaky Flicks 

Current senior Sabrina Zheng: newspaper review writing category for Branch Out: Try Asian Snack Foods 

Current sophomore Alyssa Utrera: newspaper review writing category for Watch the Present 

Current senior Kacy Leavers: newspaper review writing category for Seek the Yes Theory 

Graduate Katie Fraley: newspaper opinion writing category for Future of the GPA