Rancho Santa Fe students recognized for ‘Superior Journalism’

Rancho Santa Fe residents Max Jorgensen and Dillon Lerach have been recognized as superior student journalists by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association.

Jorgensen, a Pacific Ridge School senior, and Lerach, a Pacific Ridge graduate who is attending Columbia University, received individual 2013 Gold Circle Awards for their contributions to Global Vantage, a print and online magazine run collaboratively by students from Pacific Ridge School, Canyon Crest Academy, and Kibera Girls Soccer Academy (Kibera, Kenya). The magazine represents the founding chapter of The Global Journal Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to sharing stories and forming relationships across international and cultural boundaries.

Jorgensen was awarded a Certificate of Merit in the non-fiction article category for his piece “Memories of a Tibetan Monk.” Lerach took second place in the non-fiction column category for his “Editor’s Note” on the nature of remembrance.

Additionally, Pacific Ridge Senior Gabriela Ramirez took second place in the non-fiction article category for “The Nicaraguan Family that Changed Me,” and the Global Vantage staff received the Specialty Magazine Overall Design award for Issue 6, which contains all of the winning stories.

In recent years, the annual Gold Circle competition has attracted more than 15,000 entries, with just 1,200 awards being given in the 204 different entry categories. Secondary schools are judged separately from colleges and universities so that each student’s work is evaluated against others produced in similar circumstances. Judges are experienced journalists and educators familiar with the context surrounding student journalism as produced in schools and colleges.

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