SPS Media Sweeps LSPA Conference for Second Year

St. Paul's School's delegates to the Louisiana Scholastic Press Association conference held in November showcase the plethora of awards. (photo by Courtney Caulfield)

St. Paul’s School’s delegates to the annual Louisiana Scholastic Press Association conference held in November showcase the plethora of awards garnered by the SPS student media program. (photo by Courtney Caulfield)

Twenty total awards, including two trophies, now rest in the hands of the SPS Media Program. The top award of Best Overall Student Media Program was awarded to St. Paul's for the second consecutive year. This year, however, SPS tied for the top honor with Catholic High of Baton Rouge. (photo by Christi Simoneaux)

Twenty total awards, including two trophies, now rest in the hands of the SPS Media Program. The top award of Best Overall Student Media Program was awarded to St. Paul’s for the second consecutive year. This year, however, SPS tied for the top honor with Catholic High of Baton Rouge. (photo by Christi Simoneaux)

(COVINGTON, La.) — On Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016, the annual Louisiana Scholastic Press Association (LSPA) conference was held at the LSU Student Union and was sponsored by the Manship School of Mass Communication. The members of St. Paul’s journalism, media production, and yearbook classes took the school day off to attend, and they ended up winning numerous awards, including Best Overall Newspaper and sharing the award of Best Overall Media Program.

“The program has grown so much,” journalism adviser Christi Simoneaux said. “On our first year, we only had about seven guys and won no awards. They got Domino’s Pizza for us for lunch because they didn’t have to feed as many people. It just shows how much the program has grown.”

This is the journalism class’s fifth year, media production’s third year, (though they have only been a class for two) and yearbook’s first year attending. Simoneaux and yearbook adviser Andrew Dart accompanied the students along with a few parents that volunteered as chaperones.

Yearbook instructor Andrew Dart enjoys the awards won with his students.

Yearbook instructor Andrew Dart enjoys the awards won with his students. (photo by Jordan Kliebert)

The conference started out with a keynote presentation by Steve Myers, editor of The Lens, and afterwards, there were four sessions where students could attend different seminars given by real LSU professors. The topics ranged from Photoshop skills to interviewing techniques.

“We are pleased to present the conference every year,” director of LSU student media Steve Buttry said. “In addition to providing recognition for outstanding journalism programs such as St. Paul’s, LSPA seeks to present programming that will continue the journalism education of the students attending, as well as a fun experience.”

There was also a tour given of the school’s grounds, which included the campus’s very own broadcasting and filming rooms, complete with soundboards, cameras, and even a green screen.

Many student journalists took part in tours of the LSU student media facilities, including this post-production editing suite used for LSU Tiger TV. (photo by Brandon Gallego)

Many student journalists attending LSPA took part in tours of the LSU student media facilities, including this post-production editing suite used for LSU Tiger TV. (photo by Brandon Gallego)

“The tour was very inviting,” Paper Wolf staff writer Colin Rice said. “I enjoyed seeing the post-production room where everything gets done. Seeing it really reassured me of my passion to become a journalist.”

In the middle of all of this, lunch was provided to all attendees, and the students were invited to bring their food into the ballroom for the awards ceremony.

“The conference was an absolute hit because of the cooperation and enthusiasm of all attendees, especially St. Paul’s,” conference director Brandon Rouzan said. “There was a total of 31 high schools and 475 students and advisers that attended this year’s LSPA Fall Conference. With the inclusion of our sponsors and session instructors, we had a total of 505 participants for this year’s conference.”

Among those 31 high schools, the St. Paul’s media program took home a great deal of awards between The Conifer, Guerilla Wolves, and The Paper Wolf.

Sweeps Categories:

  •      Best overall newspaper (The Paper Wolf)
  •      Best overall student media program (Co-winner with Catholic High)

INDIVIDUAL CATEGORIES: 18 TOTAL

Conifer: 2 AWARDS

  •      3rd Place: Sports Photo
  •      3rd Place: Copywriting (Nick Ashton)

Guerilla Wolves: 5 AWARDS

The Paper Wolf: 11 AWARDS

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