Journalists win big at 2017 Student Media Olympics


Results are in for the 2017 Student Media Olympics, and West Linn student journalists made a splash earning Best of Category in 8 of the 38 categories in the competition ranging from Print Journalism and Yearbook to Photography, Online and Broadcast Media. Hosted by the Northwest Scholastic Press Association, students from around the Pacific Northwest compete by submitting their best work published over the course of the year.

Yearbook, Journalism and Broadcast students from West Linn competed, winning 24 awards in total. The student website,, run by Editor in Chief Zoe Craig and Web Editor Jake Nielson won “Best of Category” for website.

Broadcast Journalism students produce a monthly News Broadcast called The Breakdown, headed up by Broadcast Editor Keaton Straub which also earned “Best of Category.” The Brodcast Journalism class also won “Best of Category” in News Radio/Podcast for their Breakdown Podcast – March 2017

Judges evaluate entries and while all students submitting receive comments, highlighting strengths and noting suggestions for improvement, they reserve certificates for select entries noted as Superior, Excellent, and Honorable Mention along with one Best of Category award.

Competing in events like this allows students to compare their work with others and get feedback from media professionals to help them perfect their craft. Students also competed at Fall Press Day at the University of Oregon as well as at the National Journalism Convention in Seattle in April.



Broadcast News: Best of Category, “The Breakdown” Keaton Straub, Rory Cheevers, Liana Li, Andre Best; Honorable Mention, “The Provoked Wife” Keaton Straub.

Broadcast Human Interest: Excellent, “What’s Your Dutch?” Liana Li; Excellent, “What is WLHSnow?” Andre Best, Cassidy Juster.

Newspaper Opinion: Excellent, “Kaepernick’s Protest is Meaningless” Philip Chan

Newspaper Human Interest: Best of Category, “The Voice” Philip Chan; Honorable Mention, “Embracing the Stage” Brooke McKelvey; Honorable Mention, “Behind the Spoflight” Brooke McKelvey

Newspaper News Feature: Superior, “Forecast: English with a chance of art” Evan McKinley, Excellent, “Theater Never Rests” Brooke McKelvey

Photography Human Interest: Excellent, “The Provoked Wife” Kate Walters

Podcast/Radio News: Best of Category “The Breakdown Podcast” Parker Edwards, Harry Winsper; Superior, “Phone Free on 3/3” Brice Brown; Superior, “Oscars Recap” Derek Swartz

Podcast/Radio Human Interest: Best of Category, “Permaculture” Katherine Stallard

Podcast/Radio Sports: Best of Category, “Championship Recap” Rory Bialostosky

Website: Best of Category “” Zoe Craig, Jake Nielson

Yearbook Theme Package: Excellent, Isabella Cao, Rameen Ali, Kate Walters

Yearbook Sports Spread: Excellent, Isabella Cao, Kate Walters

Yearbook People Spread: Best of Category, Gigi Schwietzer, Isabella Cao; Honorable Mention, Madi Tatyrek, Isabella Cao

Yearbook Non-Traditional Coverage: Best of Category, Isabella Cao; Superior Gigi Schwietzer, Devinne Amesquita, Kate Walters

Yearbook Personality Profile: Best of Category, Kate Walters