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Friday, May 12, 2000




By Ken Sakamoto, Star-Bulletin
Sacred Hearts Academy's newspaper, Ka Leo, advised by
Gaylen Isaacs, was overall state winner in yesterday's high
school journalism contest. Picking up the honor are, from
left, Anna Weaver, editor; Kristen Fullenkamp, layout
editor; Leslie Vitin, features editor; and Mariel
Downes, news editor.



Sacred Hearts paper
takes top state honors

List of winners

By Harold Morse
Star-Bulletin

Tapa

A prize-winning journalist knows what she'd do if she suddenly became owner of a medium-sized newspaper.

"I'd look at the layout and make sure it's as up-to-date and clean as could be," said Anna Weaver.

A junior at Sacred Hearts Academy, she's editor of Ka Leo, her school paper, just named outstanding state high-school newspaper with best consistent quality.

Competition was sponsored by the Hawaii Newspaper Agency and Hawaii Publishers Association.

The 16-year-old Weaver had to whip a relatively green 11-member staff into shape, teaching the staffers effective writing and page layout during the past academic year.

"Their writing has improved immensely over the year," she said. "It was kind of a new staff, so it was basically getting them integrated."

Duties are rotated, with everyone taking turns reporting and editing on the monthly publication, she said.

The paper usually has eight pages, 11 by 15 inches. The editors aim for variety and try to avoid boring material. There's news, news features, sports and editorial opinion.

"We focused on the basketball team," she said.

A big story was a Sacred Hearts teacher going to Siberia on an exchange program. She was in Kyzyl, Tuva, Siberia, from Oct. 15 to Nov. 8.

Another top story was a Mothers Against Drunk Driving demonstration on campus in March. It was accompanied by a related feature, the usual practice.

"We connect the news to features," Weaver said.

What's next? "I'm going on a journalism workshop this summer," she said. "I'm going to be spending two weeks in Illinois through the Girl Scouts."

Summer activity also includes part-time work and a Honolulu Dance Theater production with her ballet company.

Then it's one more year at the all-girls school in Kaimuki.

"I really like Sacred Hearts," she said, where the concentration is on academics. "I just like the environment overall."

What's after Sacred Hearts? "Definitely college, I'm not sure where yet."

She's thinking of studying journalism at Northwestern University in Illinois.

"I love to write," she said. "I'm thinking creative writing, too."


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Tapa

And the award
goes to ...

Winners in 31st Hawaii Newspaper Agency and Hawaii Publishers Association High School Journalism Contest:

State Winners

Outstanding Editorial Writing
Kailua High School

Outstanding Feature Writing (tie)
Baldwin and Kaimuki high schools

Outstanding Layout/Design
Farrington High School

Outstanding Photography/ Illustration
Lutheran School of Hawaii

Outstanding News Writing
Hawaii Baptist Academy

Outstanding Sports Writing
Sacred Hearts Academy



Leeward District

Outstanding News Writing
Nanakuli High and Intermediate School

Outstanding Photographic/Illustration (Tie)
Pearl City and Lanakila Baptist High Schools

Outstanding Feature Writing
Waianae High School

Outstanding Editorial Writing
Waipahu High School

Outstanding Layout/Design
Waipahu High School

Outstanding Sports Writing
Waipahu High School



Honolulu Public

Outstanding News Writing
Roosevelt High School

Outstanding Photographic/Illustration
Kaimuki High School

Outstanding Feature Writing
Kaimuki High School

Outstanding Editorial Writing
McKinley High School

Outstanding Layout/Design
Farrington High School

Outstanding Sports Writing
Farrington and McKinley High Schools



Windward District

Outstanding News Writing
Kahuku High and Intermediate School

Outstanding Photographic/Illustration
Kailua High School

Outstanding Feature Writing
Kailua High School

Outstanding Editorial Writing
Kailua High School

Outstanding Layout/Design
Kailua High School

Outstanding Sports Writing
Castle High School



Maui District

Outstanding News Writing
Baldwin High School

Outstanding Photographic/Illustration
Baldwin High School

Outstanding Feature Writing
Baldwin High School

Outstanding Editorial Writing
Baldwin High School

Outstanding Layout/Design
King Kekaulike High School

Outstanding Sports Writing (Tie)
Baldwin High School and Seabury Hall



Central District

Outstanding News Writing
None

Outstanding Photographic/Illustration
Moanalua High School

Outstanding Feature Writing
Moanalua High School

Outstanding Editorial Writing
Aiea High School

Outstanding Layout/Design
Moanalua High School

Outstanding Sports Writing
Mililani High School



Hawaii District

Outstanding News Writing
Hilo High School

Outstanding Photographic/Illustration
Hilo High School

Outstanding Feature Writing
Hilo High School

Outstanding Editorial Writing
Pahoa High and Intermediate School

Outstanding Layout/Design
Pahoa High and Intermediate School

Outstanding Sports Writing
Waiakea High School



Honolulu Private

Outstanding News Writing
Hawaii Baptist Academy

Outstanding Photographic/Illustration
Lutheran High School of Hawaii

Outstanding Feature Writing
Hawaii Baptist Academy

Outstanding Editorial Writing
Sacred Hearts Academy

Outstanding Layout/Design
Sacred Hearts Academy

Outstanding Sports Writing
Sacred Hearts Academy



Kauai District

Outstanding News Writing
None

Outstanding Photographic/Illustration
None

Outstanding Feature Writing
Kapaa High School

Outstanding Editorial Writing
Kauai High School

Outstanding Layout/ Design (Tie)
Kauai and Kapaa High Schools

Outstanding Sports Writing
None



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