Putting out a newspaper is no easy task but Burges High School’s staff of six makes it happen in award-winning fashion.
The newspaper staff is a finalist for the prestigious Pacemaker award – an award Burges has received six times in the past 22 years.
The Pacemaker is one of the highest national honors awarded by the Journalism Education Association/National Scholastic Press Association every year. Burges’ publication, “The Stampede,” received the nomination for the Tabloid –16 or fewer pages –category.
“It is such a great honor to be nominated,” student Madeline Ramos said. “We are very proud of the paper we put out, so it’s great to receive recognition at the national level for the work that we do.”
Burges is the only school in El Paso to receive the nomination and one of only 14 newspapers nominated nationwide in the category.
A panel of judges chooses the finalists for excellence in writing, editing, photography, content and layout and design.
“We are a past recipient of this prestigious award, but what makes this nomination so special is that we’ve never had such a small staff,” journalism teacher Pat Monroe said. “The fact they were able to accomplish what they did is really amazing.”
Being part of a small staff came with its own set of challenges, but it allowed the students to really immerse themselves in the work.
“The biggest take way for me is that hard work always pays off,” student Jonathan Castro said. “We had some difficulties but working together we overcame them, and we are now seeing the results of that hard work. It’s mind blowing.”
Winners will be announced in November at the annual JEA/NSPA National High School Journalism convention in Orlando, Florida.
Author: El Paso ISD