Ronald Reagan Doral Senior High Journalism Students Place High at State Competition


By: Rebeca Puente-Limon,

Junior at Ronald Reagan Senior High


On April 27, the students of the Ronald Reagan Doral Senior High’s Yearbook staff and RTV Crew participated in the 2017 Florida Scholastic Press Association (FSPA) convention in Orlando. The convention lasts three days and hosts contests as well as workshops for journalism students specializing in a range from broadcast journalism to news writing.

The RTV Crew earned several high marks in a number of categories, but just barely missed the points to place. Carlos Irazabal, crew member, said “If we had just a little more time in our competition, I really feel like we could have placed at the state level. Overall though, I’m proud of us for doing as good as we did, despite the obstacles we faced.”

The Yearbook staff did stellar, receiving four state awards. Rebeca Puente-Limon received first place in On-The-Spot Review Writing. Galia Long, Juliet Fernandez, and Carlos Guerrero received second place in the On-The-Spot Yearbook Spread. Johanna Lopez received third place in On-The-Spot Hand-Drawn Illustration, and Paula Brochero received an Honorable Mention in On-The-Spot Press Conference Story.

Last year, the staff received an overall Silver Rating on the state ranking on the tenth edition of the Tatanka Yearbook. The staff worked tirelessly all year to publish another state award-winning book this year. Galia Long, Editor-in-Chief for the Yearbook, says “We put out a very strong book out this year. All the stress, sleepless nights, and extra hours put into finishing and submitting the book on deadline day definitely feels worth it once you have the finished product in your hands. We’re striving for an All-National title this year and I really think we have a shot at that.”

The Tatanka yearbook staff brought home many more reasons for Bison pride within the Ronald Reagan student body. Students are now waiting for next year’s convention to exhibit their newly founded skills and take a greater amount of prizes home.


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