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‘The Talon’ Staff Earns Awards, Scholarships

NOTABLE STUDENT AWARDS:

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Annabel Thorpe is in disbelief after snatching all top three spots, including the State Championship, in the UIL Young Filmmakers Festival. On March 2, 2016 (Leighann Fenter/ The Talon News)

  • TALON SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS (2015 – Present)
      • (2018) 
      • (2017) Annabel Thorpe ($1,000), Chad Lyle ($500), Caleb Miles ($500)
      • (2016) No Winners
      • (2015) Matt Garnett ($1,000)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • 1998-2017 University Interscholastic League/Texas Press Association (UIL) state winners:  
  • (2018) UIL Focus Filmmakers State Second Runner Up Division I Documentary “Mustang Strong Director Lauren Landrum; Lone Star Journalism Writing Contest (ILPC/TPA), 1st place small school (Miranda Downe)
  • (2017) Focus Filmmakers State 2nd Documentary Film “Hardest Mile” (Annabel Thorpe), 6th Animation “Secrets” (Lauren Oellerman)
  • (2016) Focus Filmmakers State Champion – Documentary Film, 1st (Annabel Thorpe), 2nd  (Annabel Thorpe), and 3rd  (Annabel Thorpe)
  • (2015) Focus Filmmakers State Champion – Documentary Film “Rubber Band Reminders)  (Annabel Thorpe)
  • (2014) Young Filmmakers State Finalist (6th)– Documentary Film “Destiny: A Game for the Ages”  (Matt Garnett)
  • (2014) Headline Writing – 2nd place (Kelsey Peiser)
  • (2013) – 2nd Place Spelling, 2nd Place Headline Writing, 5th Place News Writing
  • (2011) Headline Writing – state qualifier
  • (2007) Literary Criticism State Champions
  • (2012) Spelling & Vocabulary and Feature Writing – 5th place State
  • (2004) Ready Writing state champion, News Writing state champion
  • 2015-17 Dallas Morning News HS Journalism Day
      • (2017) News Reporting 1st place (Annabel Thorpe, Hannah Wood, Jaclyn Harris)
      • (2016) Best Website 3rd; Photo Portfolio 1st, 2nd; News Photo 1st, 2nd; Sports Photo 2nd; 1 DMN Intern awarded (Annabel Thorpe)
      • (2015) Top Visual Journalist of the Year, News Photo 1st, Spots Photo 1st, Portfolio 1st; 2 DMN Interns awarded to staff (first time ever from same school: Annabel Thorpe, Matt Garnett)
  • 2012-17 Journalism Educators Association (JEA) / National Student Press Association (NSPA)
      • (2017) Fall JEA/NSPA – Superior Sports Reaction Photo by Chris Piel, Superior Sports Reaction Photo by Chris Piel
      • (2016) Spring, NSPA Best of Show Broadcast 1st place (Broadcast Director Annabel Thorpe), Online Newspapers/Website 5th place (Editor Annabel Thorp)
      • (2015) Fall NSPA 3rd Place National Story of the Year, “Students, Teacher Witness Collapse of Framework for New Indoor Athletic Complex” by Annabel Thorpe
      • (2014) National NSPA Multimedia Sports Story of the year, “A Game for the Ages” by Director Matt Garnett, Superior Sports Portfolio Package, Best of Show Website 1st Place
      • (2013) Superior Photo package; Excellent in Sports Photography, Hon, Ment. Caption Writing
      • (2012) Excellent Rating (Sports Photography, Review Writing), Honorable Mention (Info-graphics, Feature Writing)
  • 2013-17 Texas Association of  Journalism Educators (TAJE)
      • (2017) No state conference
      • (2016) Best of Show (1st place) in Online Newspapers & Best of Show (1st place) in Broadcast; Superior in video Feature (Carly Haynes/Emma Webb), Video News (Annabel Thorpe/Brayden Ratcliff) and Excellent (Lauren Landrum/Parker Dial) in Video News; Superior in News Photography, Portrait and Portfolio (Annabel Thorpe); Superior in 1st Year Photo (Gigi Robertson); Superior in Onsite Photography (Elli Marusa); Honorable Mention in Portrait (Faith Stapleton); Honorable Mention in Editorial Writing (Jaclyn Harris)
      • (2015) Superior in Newspaper Photography (Chris Piel), Portfolio (Chris Piel), Editorial Writing (Heather Lindemann); Excellent in Video/PSA (Annabel Thorpe) & Video Feature (Annabel Thorpe), 1st Year Photo (Heather Lindemann), Newspaper Photography (Caleb Miles); Honorable Mention – Portrait (Annabel Thorpe), Portfolio (Caleb Miles)
  • 2013-17 Association of Texas Photography Instructors (ATPI):  
      • (2017) Rising Star Award – Sports, Documentary, Photojournalism; 7 photographers featured in BEST of  HIGH SCHOOL PHOTOGRAPHY book, 2017
      • (2016) Rising Star Award – Sports, Documentary, Photojournalism
      • (2015) winter contests: First Place Documentary Film, First Place Portfolio / spring contests: Advanced Photography Portfolio, 1st place Beginning Photography Portfolio, Best of Show Ind;
      • (2013) Honorable mention Advanced Portfolio, Best Sports Photo;
      • (2012) 3rd in Photography Contest, Honorable Mention in Broadcast Contest

ADDITIONAL WORKSHOPS TRAINING FOR STUDENTS:

  • April 2017 JEA/NSPA National Conference and Workshop, Seattle, WA (32 hours)
  • Nov 2017 JEA/NSPA National Conference and Workshop, Dallas, Texas  (32 hours)
  • June 2017 AP College Board / ETS – Reader – English Lit. & Comp., Kansas City, MO (60 hours)  
  • June 2016 APSI College Board / Summer Training – University of Arkansas (32 hours)
  • April 2016 JEA/NSPA National Conference and Workshop, Los Angeles, CA (32 hours)
  • Nov. 2015 TAJE– Conference, Contests, Workshop – Guest Lecturer “Making Money with Photography”;

“How to Make a Documentary Film”, San Antonio, TX (12 hours)

  • Sept. 2015 TAJE – Adviser’s Institute, Dallas, TX (6 hours)
  • April 2015 JEA/NSPA – Conference, Contests, Workshop – Guest Lecturer “Documentary Film” &

“Making Money” Sheraton, Denver, CO (32 hours)

  • Feb. 2015 TCEA – Technology Conference & Exposition (32 hours)
  • Jan. 2015 ATPI – Conference, Contests, Workshop – Guest Lecturer “Intro to Documentary Filmmaking”

And Workshop, UT Arlington, TX (12 hours)

  • Oct. 2014 TAJE – Conference, Contests, Workshop – Guest Lecturer “Making Money with Photography”

“Photography Etiquette”, San Antonio, TX (12 hours)

  • Nov. 2014 JEA/NSPA National Conference and Workshop, Washington D.C. (32 hours)
  • July 2015 Gloria Shields Journalism Workshop (Writing, Digital Media, Photography) (32 hours)
  • June, 2013 ASNE Reynolds Institute Fellowship; UT Austin Campus, (80 hours CE / 3hrs grad credit)
  • Nov. 2013 JEA/NSPA National Conference and Workshop, Boston, MA (32 hours)
  • June 2012 AP National Institute – Las Vegas, Nevada (16 hours)
  • Nov. 2012 JEA/NSPA Nat’l Convention, San Antonio, TX (32 hours)
  • Feb. 2012 ATPI Winter Conference & Convention, UT Arlington, TX (12 hours)
  • Oct. 2011 TAJE Conference, San Antonio, TX (12 hours)
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‘The Talon’ Staff Earns Awards, Scholarships