Best wishes to our co editor-in-chief Keyaira Cameron as she submits her best five photos to the PA School Press Association 2020-2021 Journalism competition.
Normally held in November at Point Park, the COVID pandemic forced PSPA to ask schools to proctor write off prompts and collect portfolio work at their individual sites.
Here at Avonworth, following last year’s record number of 5 regional winners from the Avonews staff, Keyaira entered the photographs below for best News Photography.
Senior piccolo player Julia Reed breaks from formation to practice before a home football game in September. Julia has a special mouthguard added to minimize COVID spread.
Junior Jordan Kolenda absorbs a foul. Koldena scored 22 points in the win over #4 Carlyton.
While the police presence in downtown Pittsburgh was clear and firm, Black Lives Matter protests including the one on this July evening remained spirited in voice without any criminal activity by protestors. “At the end of the day, cops are people, and just like with every job, there are people that do their job well, and others that don’t.” said Cameron about the police in her photographs. “Especially because right now, black people don’t want to be grouped into a stereotype, so I think that same concept should be applied to police officers right now— as they are their own individual people as well.”
The Avonews staff has placed at least one winner in PSPA’s Student Journalism competition since 2014. The Western PA regional competition is normally held at Point Park University, where a record five Avonews staff members won their write-off category in November 2019.
Due to the pandemic, PSPA moved the write-off competition purely online for this year. Advisors across the state are now just providing the prompt and an hour of time at their home schools. Instead of the full day competition at Penn State Main Campus, PSPA will simply have one round of submissions and announce winners on their website in the Spring.
Competitors joining Keyaira this year were Laurel and Matthew Purcell for newspaper feature writing, Niomi Ellis and Allison Beck for editorial writing, Danica Raich for newspaper news writing, and Catrina Raich for editorial cartooning. PSPA will announce winners later in spring.