Student journalists place in state contest

By Messenger Staff | Published Saturday, April 13, 2013

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Five Decatur High School journalists garnered accolades through the Press Women of Texas Edith Fox King High School Journalism Competition.

Senior Paris Walther’s “Sign of love” was named the first-place feature story. It is about a pair of students who learned sign language to interpret church service for and communicate with a deaf classmate.

Cristin Morgan, editor of the DHS print newspaper, tied with journalists from Rockwall and Waco for second-place honors in the same category. Her story, “Another step in life,” featured a campus secretary’s bout with breast cancer. Morgan also earned a silver finish in column writing with opinion pieces on her mother, a friend lost in a motorcycle accident and a look ahead at 2013.

Staff writer Jackie Trujillo won the category with her columns on resolutions, quitting band and her dog’s passing.

Madeline Pe a, editor of online newspaper, and staff writer Macky Dailey received honorable mentions for their sports stories on a senior football player’s comeback from a brutal knee injury and a group of students’ involvement in a county hockey league, respectively.

Student reporters from Allen, Cypress, Houston and College Station earned the top placings in the category.

Walther’s feature and Trujillo’s columns will advance to national competition in the National Federation of Press Women contest.

All of the students’ winning entries may be viewed online at

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