Cy-Fair editor ready for class at JEA/NSPA

Written by Elizabeth Braden, CJE

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.

Scales has a passion for writing and has traveled to a few journalism conventions and workshops. He said he enjoys attending to expand his knowledge, learn new techniques, meet new people and see new sites.

“Conventions provide a great opportunity … to attend something I’m interested in,” he said, adding that most of all at JEA/NSPA in San Antonio, he was “looking forward to the classes, to increase my skills as a journalist.”

He almost missed the deadline to apply for a scholarship. His adviser at Cy-Fair, Lil Harris, had pointed out the scholarship to him, and he was interested but forgot about it. Once reminded, he wrote his essay in class in less than an hour, Harris reviewed it, and it was submitted.

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Elizabeth Braden, CJE

Elizabeth Braden, CJE, is the former editor of Idea File magazine. Before retiring, she was a copywriter for Walsworth Yearbooks for more than 15 years, writing articles for various marketing materials, and proofreading copy for the Yearbook and Commercial divisions. Her career included reporting and editing for United Press International and editing for Knight-Ridder Financial News. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Media News from the University of Tulsa.