Rick Cleveland, executive director of the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum, and St. Joseph Catholic School sophomore Jack Hall at the Mississippi Scholastic Press Association Convention on Thursday, April 3. Hall received the first Orley Hood Sports Writer of the Year award in competition against all schools across Mississippi. Hall is sports editor of the St. Joe newspaper, The Bear Facts.<br /><!-- 1upcrlf -->
Rick Cleveland, executive director of the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum, and St. Joseph Catholic School sophomore Jack Hall at the Mississippi Scholastic Press Association Convention on Thursday, April 3. Hall received the first Orley Hood Sports Writer of the Year award in competition against all schools across Mississippi. Hall is sports editor of the St. Joe newspaper, The Bear Facts.
ADISON - St. Joseph Catholic School student Jack Hall was named high school sports writer of the year, teacher Terry Cassreino was named newspaper adviser of the year and The Bear Facts was named best high school newspaper at the 2014 high school press convention.

St. Joseph Catholic School also took home 33 other Mississippi Scholastic Press Association awards for The Bear Facts; The Shield, the school yearbook; and The Josephian, the school literary magazine. The awards included 16 first-place finishes in competition against 1A-3A schools statewide.

"What an accomplishment," St. Joe Principal Keith Barnes said. "These awards show what happens when you combine talented, hard-working students with a teacher who can identify their talent and pushes them to do and achieve the best they can. I'm proud of our students' accomplishments."

"If you like to write, if you are interested in journalism, if you want to learn how to tell stories using broadcast, print and multimedia elements, then St. Joe is the place to be," said President Mike Juhas. "We believe in a strong, high school student media program, and we seek to strive for excellence in everything we do. These results underline that."

St. Joseph Catholic School, located in Madison just off Interstate 55 and Mississippi 463, offers seventh- through 12th-grade Catholic education with a rigorous college prep curriculum grounded in the teachings of the church. St. Joe is accredited by the Mississippi Department of Education and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The school, founded in 1870, serves students in the Greater Jackson area.

The journalism awards capped a full day Thursday, April 3, 2014, for more than 600 high school students from 39 schools statewide who attended the Mississippi Scholastic Press Association convention at Ole Miss. Students, including a 14-member delegation from St. Joe, attended sessions designed to improve high school publications.

For the two statewide awards - the Orley Hood Sports Writer of the Year and Joanne Sellers Newspaper Adviser of the Year - the winners, Hall and Cassreino, were chosen from students and faculty at all high schools regardless of size across the state.

Hall, sports editor of The Bear Facts, received an award named in honor of the late Orley Hood - a longtime, award-winning writer and columnist for The Clarion-Ledger. Hall will be recognized Wednesday, May 14, 2014, at an event scheduled for the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum.

Cassreino, in his third year at St. Joe and second year leading the journalism program, began teaching after spending more than 28 years as a political reporter, political columnist and editor at Mississippi newspapers. Cassreino teaches high school journalism and eighth grade English.

Here are all awards St. Joe won at the convention:



STATEWIDE AWARDS

For both of these, St. Joe competed against all schools across the state regardless of size.

The First Orley Hood Sports Writer of the Year (named after the late Orley Hood, a longtime, popular sports columnist at The Clarion-Ledger)

 Jack Hall. Hall will be honored at a program Wednesday, May 14, at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum. His name will appear on a plaque that will be on permanent display at the museum.

Joanne Sellers Newspaper Adviser of the Year

 Terry R. Cassreino



THE SHIELD
YEARBOOK STAFF AWARDS

St. Joe competed against small schools, Division 1A-3A, in Mississippi. Competition included such schools as St. Andrew's, Jackson Academy and Canton Academy. These awards went to the entire staff.

Best Table of Contents

 First Place: The Shield

Best Sports Photos

 Third Place: The Shield



THE BEAR FACTS HIGH SCHOOL NEWSPAPER STAFF AWARDS

St. Joe competed against small schools, Division 1A-3A, in Mississippi. Competition included such schools as St. Andrew's, Jackson Academy and Canton Academy. These awards went to the entire staff.

Best Newspaper

 First Place: The Bear Facts

Best News Writing

 First Place: The Bear Facts

Best Feature Writing

 First Place: The Bear Facts

Best Sports Writing

 First Place: The Bear Facts

Best Opinion Writing

 First Place: The Bear Facts

Best Advertising Design

 First Place: The Bear Facts

Best Print Design

 First Place: The Bear Facts



THE BEAR FACTS
STUDENT AWARDS

St. Joe students competed against students from small schools, Division 1A-3A, in Mississippi. Competition included such schools as St. Andrew's, Jackson Academy and Canton Academy.

News Writing

 First Place: Noah Greene for his December 2013 story about former Athletic Director Flip Godfrey's resignation.

 Third Place: Mia Nichols for her October 2013 story about Homecoming.

Depth Reporting

 First Place: Nathan Gieb, Elisabeth Scott, Maggie Smith for stories and photos from the 2013 March for Life. The stories and photos appeared in the March 2013 edition of the newspaper.

Feature Writing

 First Place: Bria Paige for her April 2013 story previewing "The Music Man."

Editorial Column

 Second Place: Elisabeth Scott for her November 2013 column on the value of student overseas travel.

 Honorable Mention: Whitley Pannell for her November 2013 column on the government's inability to conduct business.

General Column

 First Place: Halle Anderson for her October 2013 column about her sister at St. Joe.

 Third Place: Bria Paige for her March 2013 column on her tour of civil rights landmarks.

Sports Writing

 First Place: Noah Greene for his October 2013 sports analysis on Bruin football.

 Second Place: Jon Dale Dieckman for his October 2013 story on the Bruin swim team.

Sports Feature

 First Place: Benjamin Payne for his November 2013 feature on athletes' superstitions.

 Second Place: Jack Olstad for his December 2013 story on senior basketball players Sam Osborne and Matthew Harkey.

Sports Columns

 First Place: Jack Hall for his May 2013 column on St. Joe track star Ryan Crandall

 Second Place: Jack Hall for his December 2013 column about the resignation of Athletic Director Flip Godfrey.

 Third Place: Jack Hall for his October 2013 column about Bruin football.

Sports Photos

 First Place: Elisabeth Scott for her October 2013 photo of Bruin swimmer Walker Burrow.

 Second Place: Benjamin Payne for a photo in the October 2013 edition of Bruin football running back Hunter Beene.

News/Feature Photo

 Second Place: Jon Dale Deskman for his November 2013 front-page photo of Chuck Dorian kissing a bronze giraffe - part of a story looking at superstitions and athletics.

 Third Place: Sara Powell for her April 2013 photo from "The Music Man" rehearsals.

Entertainment Writing

 Third Place: Jack Olmsted for his December 2013 entertainment column on Christmas movies.

Reviews

 Honorable Mention: Noah Greene for his October 2013 review of "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire."

Page Design

 Honorable Mention: Elisabeth Scott.



THE JOSEPHIAN
LITERARY MAGAZINE STUDENT AWARDS

St. Joe students competed against small schools, Division 1A-3A, in Mississippi. Competition included such schools as St. Andrew's, Jackson Academy and Canton Academy.

Magazine Illustration

 Honorable Mention: Mary Regan Ballade

Short Fiction

 Second Place: Shannon Harkins for her story "A Fairy Tale."



Other area schools also received awards from the MSPA. They include:

 Jackson Prep's Earthwinds 2013 was named Best Literary Magazine. Earthwinds also took First Place in Design and Third Place in Theme. Individual awards were earned by Joseph Cook, Second Place Illustration; Sarah Neal Secrest, Second Place Photo; Morgan Hydrick, Third Place Poem; and Rachel Carlton, Third Place Short Fiction.

 Madison Central's The Uproar Yearbook received First Place for Table of Contents, Second Place for Theme and Advertising Design, and Fourth Place for Student Life Copy. In the Newspaper category, Sydney Stanard won First Place for Entertainment Writing; and Sara Butts won Second Place for Sports Features.

 St. Andrew's had multiple students win awards. In individual Literary Magazine, Lee Schmidt won First Place for Short Fiction; Stephanie Stoddard won Second Place for Poem; Alex Wedderstraud won Third Place for Photo; and Henry Daly won Third Place for Illustration. The school's literary magazine North Pasture won Third Place for Design and Fourth Place for Best Literary Magazine. The newspaper won several individual and total awards, including: Amanda Muff and Elizabeth Wilks Parry won First Place for Page Design; Helena Qu won First Place for Entertainment Writing; Lauren Friedrich won Second Place for News Writing and Depth Reporting; Mari Liza Almand won Second Place for Feature Writing; Seth Simmons won Second Place for Page Design; Beau Brawner won Second Place for Reviews; Amanda Murff won Second Place for Entertainment Writing and Third Place for Feature Writing; Sheldon Alston won Third Place for Depth Reporting and Sports Writing; Connor Woodall won Third Place for Sports Features; Will Kennedy won First Place for Reviews; Hugh Goings won Fourth Place for General Columns. The Revelation received Second Place awards for News Writing, Feature Writing, Sports Writing, Opinion Writing, Print Design and Best Newspaper.

 Jackson Academy won multiple newspaper awards, including: Caroline Duncan won First Place for Advertising Design; Elizabeth Hannon won Second Place for Advertising Design; Ally Robinson won Third Place for Page Design; Price Waltman won Fourth Place for Entertainment Writing. The JA Chronicle won Third Place for Best Newspaper.