Friday, April 30, 2004


Overall winners of the 2004 Hawaii High School Journalism Contest were announced yesterday. It was a tie this year between Farrington and Waianae high schools. From left, Waianae High School editor Liberty Peralta, adviser Lorraine Gershun, Farrington co-editor May Godoy, adviser Jo Ann Mastin and co-editor Amber Kubota showed their trophies.

Farrington, Waianae
share honor

The Governor extends its winning
streak as the statewide newspaper
contest has its second straight tie

Farrington High School shared top honors with Waianae High yesterday in the 35th annual Hawaii State High School Journalism Contest awards.

This is the second year that Farrington, winner of six of the seven past contests, tied for first place with another school. Last year, it was Sacred Hearts Academy.

The victory for Farrington is particularly sweet for Jo Ann Mastin, adviser to the Governor staff, since it is her first year to fill "Mrs. Manago's big shoes," referring to longtime adviser Ellen Manago, who retired last year. Mastin, 31, was one of Manago's students.

Mastin credited her students for working hard and "being so meticulous and willing to be there" well into evenings and on weekends.

Half of her staff of 14 was new.

"They are instinctively good," Mastin said. "I trust them. The kids are so visual, so creative." Farrington won the best overall awards in the layout and design, and feature writing divisions.

Liberty Peralta, editor of Waianae's Ka Leo O Waianae, said winning the top award was "a big shock. I didn't expect anything."

The newspaper broadened its coverage to include community issues, and distributed the paper to the public library and stores, Peralta said.

Adviser Lorraine Gershun said Waianae's 10-year-old Searider Productions program, which has won numerous local and national awards for its videos, contributed to the newspaper's quality. The school also placed in division awards for layout and design, photography/graphics and newswriting.

"It was a blessing to have bright students who I've been with for several years, watching them grow with time ... and willing to work hard," Gershun said.

A new media building, computer equipment and digital photography also helped, she said.

Merit Awards were given to Honokaa High & Intermediate on the Big Island for the best "Beginning Program"; Nanakuli High for "Intermediate Program"; and Mililani High for "Established Program."

Hawaii Pacific University College of Communication scholarship winners were Teresa Carla Bell, of Waialua High; Jermel-Lynn Quillopo, of Moanalua High; Krystle Grande Duldulao, of Campbell High; and Jessica Bertubin, of Kalaheo High.

The contest is sponsored by the Hawaii Publishers Association, the Honolulu Star-Bulletin and the Honolulu Advertiser.


District and state award winners

Asterisk (*) denotes statewide winner


School Newspaper Editor Advisor
Farrington High School The Governor May Godoy & Amber Kubota Jo Ann Mastin
Wai'anae High School Ka Leo O Wai'anae Liberty Peralta Lorraine Gershun


School Article Reporter
Baldwin High School "War will not bring world peace..." Tanya Badayos
Kailua High School "Diamonds in the rough" Justin Uta
Kaiser High School "Other aspects of new grad requirements..." Elizabeth Kataoka
Kauai High School "In defense of marriage" & "One Nation..." Jim Cooper & Matt Stoltz
Mililani High School "Students forego challenge, stroll easy street" Ariel Zane
Nanakuli High School "Uniform Policy Needs Consequences" Staff Editorial
Punahou School "Punahou Students: Get Up, Get Out..." Chris Schmicker
Waiakea High School * "Pint-Sized Pin-Ups: Exploitive Child Modeling" Joelle Penisten


Farrington High School * "Self-conscious teens fall victim to deadly diets" Amber Kubota
Hawaiian Mission Academy "His mysterious way unfolded" Annie Santos
Kahuku High & Intermediate "Jihad...Do you really know?" Sam Braden
Kauai High School "Fight ice: apply peer pressure" Leilani Alayvilla & Jennifer Schad
Maui High School "Don't Knock It 'Till You've Tried It..." MHS Staff Writers
Mililani High School "Former ice user overcomes addiction" Tommy Satele
Waiakea High School "Piercings: The "Hole" Story" Joelle Penisten
Waipahu High School "Going under for game" Alana Dumiao


Baldwin High School "Lawmakers consider drug testing..." Tanya Badayos
Honokaa High & Intermediate "It's Botball" Noelani K. Penney
Kahuku High & Intermediate "Caution: A dangerous habit" Alee Thompson
Kauai High School "Kalapaka: A stinky situation" Danielle Davis & Sierra Jansons-Dizon
Moanalua High School "MoHS hiccups on HCPS" Jennifer Tam
Roosevelt High School "Worsening rat problem disrupts classes" David Chow
Sacred Hearts Academy * "CEO promotes money skills" Marnonette Marallag
Waianae High School "Landfill faces uncertainy" Ashley Ako


Baldwin High School "Varsity Mix 1 Crew - Regatta at Kahului Harbor" Brandon Benz-Marrs
Castle High School * "Livin' La Vida Broka!" Jon Hanson
Hawaiian Mission Academy "Matt Huizingh fight to pass the basketball" Braiden Tabisula
Honokaa High & Intermediate "Honokaa's Electric Car Team" Noelani Penney
Kaiser High School "Pledge Allegience or Not" Kelly Furuya
Kauai High School "Futi takes a slam dunk" Anna Quibilan
Mililani High School "Buddy..." Kelli Ann Harada
Waianae High School "Peer Pressure" Nick Smith


Baldwin High School * "Bears brush past Pac # with passing game" Cody Tesoro
Castle High School "Rip and shred your way to the OIA championship" Zach Bonilla
Farrington High School "Govs defense tame Tigers" Daniel Galima
Hawaii Baptist Academy "Football moves toward new game strategy" Lesa Bowman
Kauai High School "Return to Glory" Ashley Silva
Moanalua High School "Budget woes may force sports cuts" Josh Huff
Waiakea High School "Cowabunga" Necelyn Cabalce
Waipahu High School "Former WHS standout ... retires jersey" Philamer Felicitas


School District
*Farrington High School Honolulu Public Schools*
Honokaa High & Intermediate Hawaii District
Kailua High School Windward District
Kauai High School Kauai District
Lahainaluna High School Maui District
Radford High School Central District
Sacred Hearts Academy Honolulu Private Schools
Waianae High School Leeward District


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