Kingwood Park Journalism Program has award-winning year

The journalism program at Kingwood Park High School reached new heights this year. Students won four of the state’s top journalism awards from the UIL’s Interscholastic League Press Conference. Throughout the year, they won a combined 111 state and national honors in writing and photography.

During the school year, the students produced a 240-page full color yearbook and five print editions of the newspaper. They also maintained multiple social media accounts and a student-run online publication at KPtimes.com.

In the most recent competition, Kingwood Park won 20 ILPC awards in the print newspaper category, which was released May 2. Sophomore Kathleen Ortiz won first in class 5A in news writing, feature writing, photo portfolio and sports action photo. Junior Crosslin Silcott won first in 5A in news feature writing.

ILPC takes the winner in each class and pits them against the other winners to name a Tops in Texas overall champion. Ortiz took the top medal in news writing, feature writing and sports action photo. Silcott earned the top medal in news feature writing.

Senior Blanca Cantu, junior Eliza Gonzalez and sophomores Gabby Norman and Trinity Curl also earned honors in the ILPC competition.

The 111 awards were won by 18 students throughout the program. Along with ILPC, they won multiple awards in competitions organized by the Columbia Scholastic Press Conference, Quill & Scroll, Texas Association of Journalism Educators, the Association of Photography Instructors and at the JEA/NSPA national journalism conference in Washington, D.C.

At the TAJE state competition in San Antonio in October, the staff won second overall in sweepstakes with 25 total awards. They were even featured in a story in the Houston Chronicle for holding a tamale fundraiser to help pay for their fees to attend the state and national conferences.

The publications are advised by Megan Ortiz, former Houston Chronicle sportswriter.

The award tallies for the year to date are below:

Columbia Scholastic Press Association Gold Circles 

  • Crosslin Silcott, News Writing, Commended 
  • Kathleen Ortiz, General Feature, Commended 
  • Kathleen Ortiz, Photography Portfolio, Commended 

Quill & Scroll Writing, Photo and Multimedia Contest 

  • Kathleen Ortiz, Health, Science and Agriculture Writing, 2nd place 
  • Crosslin Silcott, Kathleen Ortiz, Trinity Curl and Vallery King, In-Depth Team, HM 
  • Kathleen Ortiz, News Writing, HM

UIL - Interscholastic League Press Conference Individual Achievement Awards Tops in Texas (Best among all schools regardless of size) 

  • News Writing - Kathleen Ortiz 
  • News Feature Writing - Crosslin Silcott 
  • Feature Writing - Kathleen Ortiz 
  • Sports Action Photo - Kathleen Ortiz

5A - Print Newspaper 

  • Crosslin Silcott, 1st place, News Feature Writing 
  • Crosslin Silcott, 3rd place, Sports Feature Writing 
  • Crosslin Silcott, 3rd place, Photo Story 
  • Kathleen Ortiz, 1st place, News Writing 
  • Kathleen Ortiz, 3rd place, Editorial Writing 
  • Kathleen Ortiz, 1st place, Feature Writing 
  • Kathleen Ortiz, 3rd place, General News photo 
  • Kathleen Ortiz, HM, Feature Photo 
  • Kathleen Ortiz, 1st place, Sports Action Photo 
  • Kathleen Ortiz, 2nd place, Sports Action Photo 
  • Kathleen Ortiz, 1st place, Sports Feature Photo 
  • Kathleen Ortiz, 1st place, Photo Portfolio 
  • Kathleen Ortiz, Crosslin Silcott, Trinity Curl, Vallery King, 3rd place, In-Depth News Feature package 
  • Blanca Cantu, HM, Editorial Writing 
  • Gabby Norman, HM, Sports Feature Writing 
  • Eliza Gonzalez, HM, Sports Feature Photo 

TAJE Fall Fiesta 

  • STAFF - 2nd overall Sweepstakes 
  • Print News - HM 
  • Gabby Norman, Sports Feature Writing, Excellent 
  • Ryker Kluft, Review Writing, Superior 
  • Kathleen Ortiz, On-site Photo - Black & White, Superior 
  • Kathleen Ortiz, Excellent, Sports Action Photo 
  • Kathleen Ortiz, Excellent, On-Site Photo - Portrait 
  • Kathleen Ortiz, Honorable Mention, On-site Photo - Student journalists at work 
  • Kathleen Ortiz, Honorable Mention, Photo Portfolio 
  • Kathleen Ortiz, Honorable Mention, Feature Photo 
  • Kathleen Ortiz, Honorable Mention, News Photo 
  • Kathleen Ortiz, Honorable Mention, Sports Reaction Photo 
  • Kathleen Ortiz, Honorable Mention, On-Site - Fiesta 
  • Maria Landy Garcia, News Photo, Honorable Mention 
  • Holly Emms, On-Site Photo - In Motion, HM 
  • Sara Geiger, Feature Photo, HM 
  • Eliza Gonzalez, Excellent - On-site Photo - Student journalists at work 
  • Eliza Gonzalez, Excellent - On-site Photo - Fiesta 
  • Eliza Gonzalez, Honorable Mention, Feature Photo 
  • Eliza Gonzalez, Honorable Mention, On-site Photo - Black & White 
  • Jayme Wilkey, Superior, Sports Action Photo 
  • Jayme Wilkey, Excellent, Sports Reaction Photo 
  • Jayme Wilkey, Honorable Mention, Photo Portfolio 
  • Patty Chen, Honorable Mention, Cell Phone Photo - Repeat 
  • Janie Campbell, Honorable Mention, On-site Photo - Black & White 
  • Janie Campbell, Honorable Mention, On-site Photo - Portrait 

ATPI Fall Contest 

  • Kathleen Ortiz, Advanced Sports Action Photography, HM 
  • Kathleen Ortiz, Advanced Sports Action Photography, HM 
  • Kathleen Ortiz, Advanced Sports Action Photography, HM 
  • Kathleen Ortiz, Advanced Sports Reaction Photography, HM 
  • Riley Franklin, Beginner/Middle School Animals, HM 
  • Riley Franklin, Beginner/Middle School Landscape, HM 
  • Riley Franklin, Beginner/Middle School Travel, HM 
  • Natalie Saydyk, Beginner/Middle School Cell Phone Photography, HM 

TAJE Best of Show, Yearbook 

  • Blanca Cantu, caption writing, HM 
  • Crosslin Silcott, Student Life story, Excellent 
  • Crosslin Silcott, Organizations photo, Excellent 
  • Crosslin Silcott, Organizations photo, HM 
  • Richard Rivera, Academics Story, HM 
  • Eliza Gonzalez, Organizations story, Excellent 
  • Eliza Gonzalez, Dividers, Excellent 
  • Kathleen Ortiz, Organizations story, Excellent 
  • Kathleen Ortiz, Academics Story, Excellent 
  • Kathleen Ortiz, Human Interest Photo, HM 
  • Kathleen Ortiz, Organizations photo, HM 
  • Kathleen Ortiz, Sports Action photo, Superior 
  • Kathleen Ortiz, Sports Feature Photo, HM 
  • Jayme Wilkey, Sports Action photo, HM 
  • Jayme Wilkey, Academics Photo, HM 

TAJE Best of Show, Newspaper 

  • Kathleen Ortiz, Photo Portfolio, Excellent 
  • Kathleen Ortiz, News Story, Superior 
  • Kathleen Ortiz, News Feature Story, Excellent 
  • Kathleen Ortiz, Feature Story, Superior 
  • Kathleen Ortiz, Feature Story, Excellent 
  • Kathleen Ortiz, Sports Feature Story, Honorable Mention 
  • Kathleen Ortiz, News Photo, Honorable Mention 
  • Kathleen Ortiz, Feature Photo, Excellent 
  • Kathleen Ortiz, Feature Photo, Excellent 
  • Kathleen Ortiz, Sports Action Photo, Superior 
  • Kathleen Ortiz, Sports Action Photo, Excellent 
  • Kathleen Ortiz, Sports Feature Photo, Honorable Mention 
  • Kathleen Ortiz, Portrait, Honorable Mention 
  • Crosslin Silcott, Feature Story, Excellent 
  • Crosslin Silcott, Sports Feature Story, Superior 
  • Crosslin Silcott, Entertainment Feature, Excellent 
  • Sara Geiger, News Feature Story, Honorable Mention 
  • Sara Geiger, Entertainment Feature, Honorable Mention 
  • Sara Geiger, Personal Column, Honorable Mention 
  • Sara Geiger, Feature Photo, Honorable Mention 
  • Blanca Cantu, News Story, Excellent 
  • Blanca Cantu, Story Portfolio, Excellent 
  • Blanca Cantu, Staff Editorial, Excellent 
  • Gabby Norman, Story Portfolio, Honorable Mention 
  • Gabby Norman, Feature Story, Superior 
  • Gabby Norman, Feature Story, Honorable Mention 
  • Gabby Norman, Sports Feature Story, Superior 
  • Gabby Norman, Sports Feature Story, Excellent 
  • Gabby Norman, Alternative Copy, Honorable Mention 
  • Staff, In-Depth Feature Story, Excellent 
  • Staff, In-Depth Feature Story, Excellent 
  • Taylor Rankin, Sports Game Story, Superior 
  • Taylor Rankin, Sports Feature Story, Excellent 
  • Taylor Rankin, Sports Feature Story, Honorable Mention 
  • Eliza Gonzalez, Personal Opinion Column, Honorable Mention 
  • Eliza Gonzalez, Feature Photo, Honorable Mention 
  • Maria Landy Garcia, News Photo, Excellent 

JEA/NSPA Student Media Contests (Washington, D.C.) 

  • Kathleen Ortiz, Sports Action Photography, Superior 
  • Jayme Wilkey, Sports Feature Photography, HM 
  • Gabby Norman, Sports Writing, HM 
  • Eliza Gonzalez, Photo Story, HM