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CAF&DM Wins Big at Journalism Day

Eighty-eight of our Communication Arts students attended and competed at the Florida Scholastic Press Association’s District 6 40th Annual Journalism Day, held at Florida International University on Saturday, October 20, 2012. Approximately 300 middle and high school students from all around the county came to learn about Journalism and compete in a variety of categories.

The day kicked off with NBC’s very own Adam Kuperstein as the keynote speaker in the opening session. Kuperstein shared with students where his passion for journalism began, “I remember I always loved sports, but I couldn’t play because I was just ‘Okay’ but while I would watch T.V with my dad and I’d name who I loved, they were all broadcasters.”

Kuperstein also spoke to students about the significance of versatility and convergence; he gave advice on the most challenging aspects of the field and the most rewarding. “Don’t give up on your dreams because people will always try to sway you and you don’t want to regret anything later in life. The most challenging thing about it is that you have to be willing to make sacrifices and be in uncomfortable situations,” Kuperstein advised.

For both returning and new students he served as an inspiration. “I not only felt inspired, but it gave me hope that in every corner there is an adventure awaiting me. From a pair of flip flops flying down from Ohio to a suit and tie working for one the nation’s major news channel, his passion for telling stories and his determination is worthy of great admiration. I am more than happy to have heard his story,” freshman Maria Victoria Paredes said.

The remainder of the day was divided into three different sessions, that were about an hour long, where students were able to pick which session they wanted to attend depending on what they wanted to learn. Speakers varied from actual students that spoke about the life of a journalist on campus to people who have already succeeded in the field.

“Attending the sessions was a great and fun experience because I was able to gain insight on how to approach my writing from speakers who took their time to try and create a friendship with us instead of a regular student-teacher class,” senior Maria Melendez said.

Students also took a part in competitions that were both held and judged throughout the day and the categories varied according to publication and type of journalism.

At the end of the day, students and advisers met in the ballrooms to hear the announcement of awards, and Cavalier spirit was at an all time high as CAF&DM took home awards in nearly every category.

Catharsis, Literary Magazine (Camile Betances, adviser)

  • China Opland: 3rd Place Special Effects Photography
  • Christopher Arias: 2nd Place Action Photography
  • Katya Sarria: 1st Place Literary Magazine Carry-In Layout

Cavaleon, Yearbook (Ana Zuniga, adviser)

  • Margarita Rentis: 1st Place Special Effects Photography
  • Margarita Rentis: 1st Place Feature Photography
  • Michelle Tapia: 1st Place Yearbook Student Life Carry-In Layout
  • Hanna Payne: 3rd Place On-the-Spot Newswriting

CavsConnect, Online News (Camile Betances, adviser)

  • Christopher Arias: 2nd place in Special Effects Photography.

Gables Live!,  T.V. Production (Nicole Munoz, adviser)

  • Daniela Karaki-Suarez: 3rd Place Broadcast Anchor
  • Gables-Live! Crew: 3rd Place Carry-In Broadcast Show

highlights, Newspaper (Melissa Nieves, adviser)

  • Gene Liu: 2nd place Feature Photography
  • Mariana Londono: 3rd Place Action Photography
  • Deanna Breiter and Audrey Fernandez: 1st Place Double Truck Carry-In Layout

“It’s conventions like these that open your eyes and make you realize that the people you’re with have some sort of gift to share with you. It’s beautiful how the different publications were all able to come together and support eachother. Winning is completely unexpected and I was so proud to be representing Gables,” senior Margarita Rentis said.

Also, our very own adviser, Camile Betances, was named the Miami-Dade County Journalism Teacher of the Year and will represent our district at the state convention in Orlando in April.

“When they called my name I was happy, but completely overwhelmed. Sometimes it’s hard to be recognized because you feel that what you do is just what everyone should be doing. I am honored to be Teacher of the Year. There are so many great journalism teachers in Miami and at Gables, and to be honored out of all of them is really something special,” Ms. Betances said.

Congratulations to all of our students and advisers!

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Patricia Passwaters, Editor in Chief
Patty Passwaters is a senior in the Communication, Arts, Film and Digital Media Academy at Coral Gables Senior High School. Ever since freshman year she has taken every opportunity to become involved. She is not only the Editor-in-Chief / News Editor of CavsConnect, but is also a member of Interact and NHS, an honorary member of Yearbook, President of Quill & Scroll, Managing Editor of Catharsis, Treasurer of the Creative Writing Club, and Student Council President. Patty is almost always described as a "what you see is what you get kind of girl". She is dedicated, hard working, passionate about what she does, genuine and a hopeless romantic. Even when she has a lot going on if you ever need a helping hand her's would be the first to reach out to you. One of her biggest weaknesses is wanting to make everyone happy. In her opinion, one of the worst feelings someone can feel is letting someone else down. In the rare occasion that she isn't juggling her academics and extra curricular activities at once, you will find her reading. Close friends know that the perfect gift to give her is a Barnes & Noble gift card because there is nothing more that she loves than books. It is her outlet, she loves getting lost in a world full of romance (which set her expectations far too high). Her senior year is definitely going to be bittersweet, although she doesn't want high school to come to an end, she can't wait to see what else is in store for her. She is grateful to everyone who has made her high school experience one that she will never forget.
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