Communications Department
14705 Woodforest Blvd., Houston, TX 77015

May 10, 2012
CONTACT: Jonathan Frey
(832) 386-1231


       On Saturday, April 28, North Shore Middle School students participated in the 2012 UIL state journalism competition held at University of Texas, Austin. For the second year in a row, North Shore Middle School's 'Stang Express newspaper earned an Award of Distinguished Merit, the top rating in state competition.

       Student publications are judged and assigned ratings by publications specialists. The judges are master teachers who have advised award-winning publications and who know the nuances of student publications.

       The student newspaper has also earned a prestigious Silver Star award from the Interscholastic League Press Conference at the University of Texas in Austin. Star Awards represent the top 10 percent of student newspapers and yearbooks.

       Students also submitted individual entries in the competition. North Shore Middle School students did very well. In total, NSMS students won eight 1st place medals, six 2nd place medals, four 3rd place medals and one honorable mention. The individual award winners are:

Ingris Montoya - 3rd place news story - Dudes and Divas join forces to battle cancer
Nathalie Lopez & Idalia Santos - Honorable mention news feature story - North Shore shows support for breast cancer awareness with a day of pink
Bryant Badie - 1st place sports action story - Eighth grade team fights to stay undefeated
Jareny Ortiz - 2nd place sports action story - Lady Mustangs take on rivals in a nail-biter
Megan Gray & Amber Wofford - 2nd place sports feature story - Coachís experience helps players learn more
Abigail Sanchez - 2nd place entertainment review - Fall in love with Fallen
Aliyah Hawkins - 3rd place photo story - Another day, another note
Asada Samin - 3rd place personal opinion column - The missing piece in the dress code puzzle: individuality
Cindy Mai - 1st place in-depth news/feature story - The Hunger Games: Can it happen here in America?
Jocelyn Ramirez - 2nd place in-depth news/feature story - Sept. 11 2001 - Sept. 11 2011
Jocelyn Ramirez & Cindy Barrera - 2nd place page one design - Theyíre coming...
Megan Gray - 1st place sports page design - Mustangs dominate Forest Brook in big win
Cindy Mai - 1st place feature/entertainment page design - Taking it one note at a time
Jocelyn Ramirez - 1st place double truck design - Theyíre coming...
Toni van Bibber - 1st place general news photo AND 1st place sports action photo
Idalia Santos - 3rd place sports action photo
Megan Gray, Bryant Badie, Jareny Ortiz, Britaini Statum - 2nd place captions
Britaini Statum, Bryant Badie, Abigail Sanchez, Aliyah Hawkins, Cindy Mai - 1st place headlines

Stang Express Team
L to R: top row: Mr. Ron Burke, Alejandro Alonzo, TayvienJoseph, Jennifer Lozano, Toni Van Bibber, Megan Gray, Asada Samin, Amber Wofford, Bradley East, Cyan Pedraza. 2nd row: Gricelda Jasso, Cindy Mai, Cindy Barrera (Co-Editor in Chief), Jocelyn Ramirez (Co-Editor in Chief), Britaini Statum, Aliyah Hawkins. Seated: Nathalie Lopez, Antoine Fontillas, Sarah Guillen, and Idalia Santos. Not pictured: Abigail Sanchez, Bryant Badie, Jareny Ortiz, Shabab Karim, Ingris Montoya.