Florida Student Journalist of the Year winners

2019

Todd C. Smith Student Journalist of the Year:

First Place: Emily Fussell, Boone High School (Orlando)
Second Place: Bryson Turner, Hagerty High School (Oviedo)
Third Place: Rebecca Schneid, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School (Parkland)

Broadcast Journalist of the Year (Finalists):

  • Bryce Brant, WSRH News, Seminole Ridge High School (Loxahatchee)
  • Ashley Gonzalez, WBTV, West Broward High School (Pembroke Pines)
  • Steven Lee, CCNN Live, Christopher Columbus High School (Miami)

Designer of the Year (Finalists):

  • Caroline Dixon, Tigrium, Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy (Melbourne)
  • Clotielde Girod, The Muse, Dreyfoos School of the Arts (West Palm Beach)
  • Lauren Rose, Panther Yearbook, H.B. Plant High School (Tampa)

Multimedia/Web Journalist of the Year (Finalists):

  • Ahilyn Aguilar, BluePrint, Hagerty High School (Oviedo)
  • Macy McClintock, RHSToday.com, Robinson High School (Tampa)
  • Daniel Sterbens, The Talon, Fivay High School (Hudson)

Tom Pierce Photojournalist of the Year (Finalists):

  • Angela Lin, Patriot Post, American Heritage School (Plantation)
  • Shelby Rabin, The Muse, Dreyfoos School of the Arts (West Palm Beach)
  • Cassidy Schuck, Pathfinder, Deerfield Beach High School

Writer of the Year (Finalists):

  • Katie Delk, Red & Black, Hillsborough High School (Tampa)
  • Jennifer Jia, The Muse, Dreyfoos School of the Arts (West Palm Beach)
  • Hannah Kapoor, Eagle Eye, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School (Parkland)

Emerging Young Journalist (Finalists):

  • Katie Caranante, PHSNews.com, Plant High School
  • Arielle Kraus, The Lariat, Cooper City High School
  • Fiorella Recchione, The Spyglass, Braden River High School
  • Maggie Taylor, Fusion, Hagerty High School


2018

Todd C. Smith Student Journalist of the Year: Jack Rummler, Boone High School (Orlando)

Broadcast Journalist of the Year: Louis Akkermans, West Broward High School (Pembroke Pines)

Designer of the Year: Emily Pintavalle, Fivay High School (Hudson)

Tom Pierce Photojournalist of the Year: Michaela Barney, Fivay High School (Hudson)

Writer of the Year: Paige Simpson, Oviedo High School

Emerging Young Journalist: Marin Fehl, Hillsborough High School (Tampa)

2017

Todd C. Smith Student Journalist of the Year: Tyler Rispoli, Boone High School (Orlando)

Broadcast Journalist of the Year: Daniel DeVilliers, Christopher Columbus High School (Miami)

Designer of the Year: Devon Cetoute, Felix Varela Senior High School (Miami)

Multimedia/Web Journalist of the Year: Amber Shemesh, Hillsborough High School (Tampa)

Tom Pierce Photojournalist of the Year: Bailey Fisher, Hagerty High School (Oviedo)

Writer of the Year: Annie Aguiar, Hillsborough High School (Tampa)

Emerging Young Journalist: Macy McClintock, Robinson High School (Tampa)

2016

Todd C. Smith Student Journalist of the Year: Matthew Casler, Boone High School (Orlando)

Emerging Young Journalist: Kendyl Counts, Cooper City High School

2015

Todd C. Smith Student Journalist of the Year: Elina Rodriguez, Hillsborough High School (Tampa)

Emerging Young Journalist: Annie Aguiar, Hillsborough High School (Tampa)
and Michael Katz, Dr. Michael Krop Senior High School (Miami)

2014

Todd C. Smith Student Journalist of the Year: William Harvey, King High School (Tampa)

Emerging Young Journalist: Isabel Hanewicz, Robinson High School (Tampa)

2013

Todd C. Smith Student Journalist of the Year: Lindsey Alexander, Boone High School (Orlando)

Emerging Young Journalist: Meredith Sheldon, Cypress Bay High School (Weston)

2012

Todd C. Smith Student Journalist of the Year: Aiste Zalepuga, Saint Stephen's Episcopal School (Bradenton)

Emerging Young Journalist: Liz Tsourakis, Hillsborough High School (Tampa)

2011

Todd C. Smith Student Journalist of the Year: Carson Bailey, Oviedo High School

Emerging Young Journalist: Liz Gwilt, Hillsborough High School (Tampa)


Updated 3/15/19
Our goal is to continue building this list to celebrate the proud history
of scholastic journalism in the Sunshine State.



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