The student news site of Daniel Pearl Magnet High School in Lake Balboa, CA

The Pearl Post

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About

The Pearl Post is the student-run newspaper of Daniel Pearl Magnet High School. The newspaper began in September 2009 and is published monthly. The news website started in September 2012 and is updated on a daily basis.

Mission:

The Pearl Post newspaper is an open forum for student expression, as allowed by California Education Codes 48907 and 48950, committed to excellence in reporting, writing and photography. The newspaper strives to inform and educate students and faculty on events affecting Daniel Pearl Magnet High School. The thoughts and opinions published in these pages are the work of the journalism students and do not represent the position of Daniel Pearl Magnet High School, its administrators or the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Daniel Pearl Magnet High School
Journalism and Communications
6649 Balboa Blvd.
Lake Balboa, CA 91406

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Publication and Staff Awards

Los Angeles Press Club June 2017

  • Second Place Best High School Newspaper
  • Second Place Best News Website

JEA/NSPA Spring National High School Journalism Convention – Seattle April 2017

  • Honorable Mention in on-air of reporting – Ruby  Rodriguez
  • Excellent in Sports Writing – Amanda Jimenez
  • Excellent in Broadcast Commentary – Tyler Loring

March 2017 – SoCal Journalism Education Association Write-offs

  • First Place California All-Stars – news website
  • 3rd place California All-Stars – high school newspaper
  • 12th in critical review – Jessica Salguero
  • 10th in editorial cartoon -Danielle Valenzuela
  • 9th in news photography – Daniela Guzman
  • 7th in feature photography – Juliette Tafoya
  • 7th place in sports photography – Rachel Bullock

March 2017 Los Angeles Journalism Teachers Association write-offs at CSUN

  • First place Sweepstakes
  • 8th place in news writing – Angel Rivera
  • 8th place in opinion writing – Rachel Bullock
  • 8th place in feature writing – Steven Guzman
  • 6th place in news writing – Kirsten Cintigo
  • 6th in opinion writing – Cristina Jercan
  • 5th place in news writing – Alice Curran
  • 5th place in feature writing – Nallely DeLara
  • 5th in sports writing – Michael Chidbachian
  • 4th place in sports writing – Amanda Jimenez
  • First place in photography – Daniela Guzman

JEA/NSPA Fall National High School Journalism Convention – Indianapolis November 2016

  • Excellent in Newswriting – Alice Curran
  • Excellent in News Editing/Headline Writing – Winter Rawson
  • Honorable Mention in Feature Writing – Michelle Kaganovsky

CSUN Journalism Day – Oct. 22, 2016

  • First Place in Opinion (team effort) – Cristina Jercan
  • Third Place in News Writing – Alice Curran
  • Honorable Mention in Photography – Richard Mendiola
  • Honorable Mention in Social Media – Steven Guzman

Los Angeles Press Club June 2016 –

  • Best High School Newspaper
  • Best Spot News – Ilana Gale, Kyrah Hunter and Rebekah Spector

April 2016 – JEA/NSPA Spring National Convention in Los Angeles

  • Online Pacemaker finalist
  • Excellence in Yearbook Copy/Captions: Student Life – Rita Chidbachian
  • Honorable Mention in News Writing – Rebekah Spector
  • Honorable Mention in News Editing & Headline Writing – Ilana Gale

March 2016 – SoCal Journalism Education Association Write-offs –

  • 9th place in editorial cartoon – Sheena Gonzalez
  • 8th place in feature photography – Veronica Godoy
  • 4th in feature writing – Nallely DeLara
  •  2nd place in feature writing – Ilana Gale

March 2016 Los Angeles Journalism Teachers Association write-offs at CSUN

  • 3rd Place Sweepstakes
  • 7th in sports writing – Joseph Mousaed
  • 6th in news writing – Elsie Morales
  • 6th in feature writing – Nallely DeLara
  • 5th in sports writing – Irene Feher
  • 4th in news writing – Rebekah Spector
  • 2nd in feature writing – Ilana Gale
  • 2nd in photography – Veronica Godoy

November 2015 – JEA/NSPA Fall National Convention in Orlando

  • Opinion Writing – Aileen Kangavary
  • Review Writing – Yousef Fatehpour

October 2015 – CSUN Journalism Day

  • 3rd place in photography – Veronica Godoy
  • 2nd place in photo – Adrianna Rojas
  • 1st place in social media/mobile reporting – Kyrah Hunter

June 2015  – Los Angeles Press Club

  • First place in Best High School Newspaper

April 2015 – JEA/NSPA Spring National Convention in Denver

  • 3rd place in Best of Show for small school news website
  • Excellence in Commentary Writing – Dianne Villalta
  • Honorable Mention in Review Writing – Yousef Fathepour
  • Honorable Mention in Sports Writing – Brandon Gilden

March 21, 2015 – SoCal Journalism Education Association Write-offs –

  • 6th place in Editorial Cartoon – Sheena Gonzalez
  • 2nd place in Editorial Writing – Chris Bower
  • 6th place in Feature Writing – Ilana Gale
  •  8th place in Sports Photography – Veronica Godoy

March 2015 CSUN Write-Offs

  • 3rd place in sweepstakes – The Pearl Post 
  • 2nd place Opinion Writing – Chris Bower
  •  2nd place Photography – Veronica Godoy
  • 4th place Feature Writing – Ilana Gale 6th sports
  • 4th place Sports Writing – Joseph Mousaed
  • 6th place Sports Writing – Brandon Gilden
  • 6th place Feature Writing Rita Chidbachian

November 2014 – National Scholastic Press Association

  • Pacemaker newspaper finalist – broadsheet 8 pages or less
  • Superior in News Writing- Editor in Chief Natalie Moore
  • Honorable Mention in Editorial Writing- Online Editor in Chief Chris Bower
  • Honorable Mention in Yearbook Sports Photo- Prestige Yearbook Editor in Chief Ana Perez

October  2014 – CSUN Write-offs

  • Honorable mention in photography portfolio – Ana Perez

September 2014 – Columbia Scholastic Press Association

  • Gold Medalist ranking for both our print and website publications

June 8, 2014  – California Student Media Festival

  • News Show winner – “Be More Heroic” news story by Emon Abdullah, Jessica Mallari and Alexandra Pineda

May 2014 – Los Angeles Press Club

  • Second place in Best High School Newspaper

May 3, 2014 – California Newspaper Publishers Association

  • Second place in News Photo (high school division)

April 2014 – Journalism Education Association/National Scholastic Press Association

  • The Pearl Post received 4th place in NSPA’s Best of Show for publication website small school
  • Superior in Commercial/PSA: Karla Medrano and Enrie Amezcua
  • Excellent in Editorial: Features Editor Chris Bower
  • Excellent in Photo Portrait: Yearbook Editor Ana Perez
  • Honorable mention in News Writing: Managing Editor Natalie Moore
  • Honorable mention in Review Writing: Staff Writer Zach Adler

March 2013 – SoCal Journalism Education Association Write-offs

  • Second Place photo – Ana Perez
  • Seventh Place Cartoon: Sheena Gonzalez
  • 11th Place Sports Writing: Irene Feher

February 22, 2014 – CSUN Journalism Day Write-offs

  • The Pearl Post tied for first place in sweepstakes
  • First Place Feature Writing: Ilana Gale
  • First Place Photo: Ana Perez
  • Second Place Sports Writing: Elijah Zelonky
  • Third Place Feature Writing: Elsy Barcelo
  • Third Place Opinion Writing: Chris Bower
  • Fifth Place News Writing: Natalie Moore
  • Seventh Place Sports Writing: Irene Feher

October 2013 – CSUN Journalism Day

  • 1st place News Writing: Natalie Moore
  • 3rd place Opinion Writing: Zach Adler
  • Honorable Mention Photography: Ana Perez

June 2013 – The Los Angeles Press Club Awards

  • 2nd place best High School Newspaper
  • 2nd place Best School News Website

June 2013 – California Student Media Festival

  • Best News Short winner “Dropouts”

April 2013 Journalism Education Association/National Scholastic Press Association

  • Online Pacemaker Finalist
  • JEA Excellence rating for Broadcast Package: Editor-in-Chief Elitza Batchiyska and Opinion Editor Patrick Avognon.
  • Best of Show – 10th place newspaper
  • Best of Show – 10th place news website

March 2013 – California Newspaper Publishers Association

  • Award of Excellence Best Sports Story: Opinion Editor Patrick Avognon

April 13, 2013 Southern California Journalism Education Association state competition, state competition, Cal State Long Beach

  • 2nd place in News Photography: Ana Perez
  • 3rd place in Editorial Writing: Chris Bower
  • 5th place in Feature Photography: Jake Dobbs
  • 7th place in News Writing: Natalie Moore
  • Jolene Combs Memorial Scholarship: Natalie Moore and Ana Perez
  • Carol Hallenbeck Scholarship Award $500: Elitza Batchiyska

October 20, 2012 CSUN Journalism Day

  • Honorable mention in the news writing: Natalie Moore

June 25, 2012 The Los Angeles Press Club

  • Best High School Newspaper

April 29, 2012 Southern California Journalism Education Association (SCJEA) state competition, Cal State Long Beach

  • 7th place in News Writing: Editor-in-Chief Elitza Batchiyska
  • 13th place in Feature Writing: Features Editor Rosie Somoundjian

March 17, 2012 Cal State Northridge write-offs

  • 5th place Opinion Writing: Journalism 1 student Anjeliko Garcia
  • 5th place Feature Writing: Journalism 1 Christopher Bower
  • 8th place Feature Writing: Features Editor Rosie Somoundjian
  • 6th place News Writing: Sports Editor Natalie Moore
  • 1st place photography: Zana Tillet
  • 2nd place photography: Rosalia Cruz

March 2012 California Journalism Education Coalition

  • Journalism Educator of the Year: Adviser Adriana Chavira

February 2012 LAUSD Scholastic Journalism Initiative – Write-offs

  • News: Elitza Batchiyska
  • News: Brayan Cecenas
  • News: Carlos Godoy

May 14, 2011 Southern California Journalism Education Association (SCJEA) state competition, Walnut High School

  • 3rd place in Best of Southern California (black & white) newspapers: The Pearl Post
  • 2nd Place in Feature Writing: Editor-in-Chief Ellie Batchiyska
  • 12th place in Editorial Writing: Journalism 1 student Tim Smirnov
  • Ted Tajima Scholarship, $1,000: Copy editor & Staff Writer: Sarah Greenwald

April 30, 2011 at CSUN’s High School Write-offs

  • 4th place in Feature Writing: Journalism 1 student Danielle Flores
  • 7th place in Opinion Writing: Journalism 1 student Tim Smirnov
  • 9th place in Opinion Writing: Journalism 1 student Daylin Ramirez

April 23, 2011 Journalism Education Association/National Scholastic Press Association’s national convention, Anaheim, Ca

  • Honorable mention in Sports Writing: Sports Editor Amanda Cordoba
  • Honorable mention in Feature Writing: Editor-in-Chief Elitza Batchiyska

February 17, 2011 Los Angeles Unified School District’s Scholastic High School Initiative write-offs

  • 2nd place in News Writing: Features Editor Sarkis Ekmekian
  • 3rd place in Feature Writing: Editor-in-Chief Elitza Batchiyska
  • 4th place in Feature Writing: Staff Writer Brayan Cecenas
  • 6th place in Feature Writing: Sports Editor Amanda Cordoba

October 2010 CSUN High School Journalism Day

  • 1st place in News Writing: Editor-in-Chief Sarkis Ekmekian
  • 2nd place in Opinion Writing: Sports Editor Amanda Cordoba

May 22, 2010 Southern California Journalism Education Association state write-off competition at Fullerton College

  • 4th place in feature photography: Newspaper and Yearbook Photographer Jason Ordoñez
  • 7th place in Editorial Writing: Opinion Editor Nicole Hutchinson
  • 13th place in News Writing: Editor-in-Chief Rachel Ferreira

April 24, 2010 CSUN Gen-J Workshop

Second place sweepstakes award: The Pearl Post

  • 1st place in Opinion Writing: Opinion Editor Nicole Hutchinson
  • 6th place in News: Editor-in-Chief Rachel Ferreira
  • 2nd place in Feature Writing: Journalism 1 student Sarkis Ekmekian
  • 5th place in Feature Writing: Journalism 1 student Elitza Batchiyska

October 17, 2009 Cal State University Northridge (CSUN) High School Journalism Day

  • First place in Feature Writing: Editor-in-Chief Rachel Ferreira
  • Third place in Feature Writing: Opinion Editor Nicole Hutchinson
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