Journalism Conventions

Since 2016, members of Aquila have had the opportunity to attend the annual National High School Journalism Convention held every April on the western side of the United States. The convention is co-sponsored by the Journalism Education Association (JEA) and the National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA). At the convention, high school journalists learn from professional and experienced journalists in workshops on a variety of topics such as leadership, writing, designing, photography, ethics and more. They also participate in write-off contests ranging from timed writing to analyzing ethical scenarios. Each year, Aquila has brought home valuable feedback, information and new ideas inspired by other schools and professionals from around the nation. This page reflects ​adventures and achievements at past conventions.


Chicago, IL

November 1-4, 2018


San Francisco, CA

April 12-14, 2018


Seattle, WA

April 6-9, 2017


Los Angeles, CA

April 14-17, 2016


Convention Achievements

2018 National High School Journalism Convention: Chicago, IL

Alexandra Rozmarin

Superior – Feature Writing

Kristian Crowther

Superior – Video Package Editing

Emily Hung

Excellent – Newswriting

2018 NorCal Media Day: Palo Alto High School

Emily Hung

Second Place – News Writing

Kristian Crowther

Second Place – On-site Video

Alexandra Rozmarin

Honorable Mention – Feature Writing

2018 National High School Journalism Convention: San Francisco, CA 

Cameron Wallace

Excellent – Commentary Writing               

Annie Zhang

Honorable Mention – Editorial Cartooning

Emily Hung

Honorable Mention – Editorial Writing                                        

Kristian Crowther

Honorable Mention – Feature Writing

2017 National High School Journalism Convention: Seattle, WA 

Paj Thao

Superior – News Editing / Headline Writing

Emily Hung                       

Honorable Mention – Newswriting

Nicole Rendler

Honorable Mention – Feature Writing

2016 NorCal Media Day: Palo Alto High School

Henry Nguyen

Honorable Mention – Feature Writing

2016 National High School Journalism Convention: Los Angeles, CA 

Juli Rendler

Honorable Mention – Editorial Writing

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