April 26, 2016 / News

Westfield yearbook editor wins JEA award

Written by Evan Blackwell, CJE

Benjamin Rascon Gracia, the editor-in-chief of the 2016 Scrapbook yearbook from Westfield Middle School in Westfield, Indiana, and past contributor for the Walsworth Yearbooks Blog, was recently named the winner of the Aspiring Young Journalist award by the Journalism Education Association (JEA).

Each year, JEA presents the Aspiring Young Journalist honor to “junior high/middle school students to acknowledge and reward their work, and to encourage them to continue their journalistic studies in high school.”

Rascon Gracia has served on the award-winning Westfield yearbook staff for the past two years. He was an assistant copy editor for the 2015 yearbook, which won CSPA Silver Crown and NSPA Pacemaker awards. For this year’s book, he was once again a copy and accuracy editor and was named the book’s editor-in-chief, which is an honor given at the end of the year on the Westfield staff.

In February, Rascon Gracia wrote a post for the Walsworth Yearbooks blog about developing interesting angles for yearbook stories when writers are stumped.

Congrats, Benjamin!

Evan Blackwell, CJE

Evan Blackwell, CJE, is a Web Content Specialist for walsworthyearbooks.com and yearbookhelp.com, as well as a regular contributor to Idea File magazine. He's been a writer and editor for Walsworth Yearbooks for the past 13 years, and is the author of the Yearbook Suite's "The Art of the Interview" unit. Prior to joining Walsworth, Blackwell spent five years as an award-winning newspaper and magazine journalist. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Kansas.