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2012 Fall JEA/NSPA

November 26, 2012 / 2012 Fall JEA/NSPA / 75 Scholars / Video

We’re back after a week off to rest and recharge over the Thanksgiving holiday! There was a whirlwind of activity here in the Yearbooks Blog right before our break last week, and we’ve got some more fun stuff to share.

While we were down in San Antonio for the JEA/NSPA Convention, I was able to catch up with some of the 75 Scholars winners on yearbook staff and ask them what the yearbook means to them and their friends.

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November 16, 2012 / 2012 Fall JEA/NSPA / Video

It’s day two of the JEA/NSPA Convention here in San Antonio. There was a ton of activity on the exhibit floor on Thursday and it’s continuing into today.

This morning, we decided to film a little video to show you some of the sights and sounds of the Walsworth booth.

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November 15, 2012 / 2012 Fall JEA/NSPA / 75 Scholars / News / Video

The winners of the 75 Scholars program were treated to a celebratory pizza dinner on Thursday evening on the opening day of the JEA/NSPA Convention here in San Antonio.

After the students were given their 75 Scholars T-shirts, they were welcomed with a greeting from NSPA Executive Director Logan Aimone and Steve Blair, Walsworth’s Executive Vice President of Yearbook Sales. Then it was time for pizza and mingling with the scholarship winners from other schools.

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Michael Reeves said it so matter of factly that I almost missed it, so I asked him to clarify. Next week, when 24 students from Akins High School in Austin, Texas, travel to San Antonio for JEA/NSPA, it will be the first time the school has sent a group to the National High School Journalism Convention.

“We’ve never been to JEA/NSPA, because we couldn’t afford it. This is going to be the first time,” said Reeves, the newspaper adviser at Akins. “We probably won’t ever be able to go back until it’s in our home state again.”

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A brand-new high school offers great opportunities for journalism students. The 11 newspaper and yearbook students from College Station High School attending the JEA/NSPA Fall National High School Convention next week in San Antonio are ready to get ideas to help them mold and define their publications.

Five of College Station’s students will be attending JEA/NSPA with their registration paid for by scholarships from Walsworth Publishing thanks to the 75 Scholars program Walsworth partnered with through JEA and NSPA.

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Some students like a field trip to get out of class, but Peter Scales is looking forward to this month’s JEA/NSPA Fall National High School Journalism Convention to go to class.

Scales, the co-editor-in-chief of the yearbook at Cy-Fair High School in Cypress, Texas, received one of the 75 scholarships that Walsworth Publishing partnered with JEA and NSPA to create as part of the 75 Scholars program, to pay for his convention registration. He is one of a handful of students from his school who will be attending the convention.

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Paige Gomez remembers being so into art as far back as first and second grade that she was entering her work into competitions. To her, it was the origins of her love of photography.

“I’d always been into the artsy stuff, but it didn’t take very long for me to find out I wasn’t too gifted in that area,” Gomez said, with a bit of a laugh. “But then I discovered taking pictures, and I learned it was where I was meant to be.”

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October 26, 2012 / 2012 Fall JEA/NSPA / 75 Scholars / News

To improve themselves and their school’s journalism program – those are two of several reasons eight yearbook staff members from Boerne High School in Boerne, Texas, are excited they will be driving the 45 minutes south to San Antonio to attend the JEA/NSPA High School Journalism Convention next month.

The students’ convention registration is being paid for by Walsworth. As part of its 75th anniversary celebration, the company is partnering with NSPA and JEA to provide scholarships to 75 Texas students to cover registration to the convention Nov. 15-18.

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