Oakville journalism students win national awards


Oakville High journalism teacher Jeff Kuchno, right, holds the camera while OHS student Hannah Hoffmeister, middle, interviews local lawyer Mark Haefner after Haefner’s speech in support of Mehlville School District’s Proposition R at a Sept. 8, 2015 rally. Photo by Gloria Lloyd.

Oakville High School students recently earned seven individual awards in write-off contests at the National High School Journalism Convention in Dallas, Texas.
Two entries won awards in broadcast competitions.
Bridget Costello and Melanie Neff received a Superior rating in the Broadcast News category, while the team of Louis Luong, Max Rodenbeck, Caden Turner and Taylor Zapf earned an Excellent award in Broadcast Feature.
Three OHS students won awards in yearbook categories.
Rachel Delgado received an Excellent award in Yearbook Copy and Captions: Clubs, and Kristin Kuchno earned Excellent in Yearbook Copy and Captions: Academics.
Kayleigh Tritschler received an honorable mention in Yearbook Copy and Captions: Sports.
Two newspaper students, Mckenzie Knapp and Nicole Neher, earned honorable mentions in Editorial Writing and Feature Writing, respectively.
In addition, the OHS student broadcast program, “Channel 97 News,” was one of just 10 programs in the country to receive Best of Show recognition at the national convention.
This is the fifth Best of Show honor in the eight years the OHS class has been producing school broadcasts.