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Students win multiple awards at the 2024 Ohio Scholastic Media Association Awards

From left to right, Senior Sasha Zahler, Advisor Maggie Locke, Senior Mia Ray, Sophomores Lucy Jacobsen and Sam Patton pose with their awards after the Ohio Scholastic Media Association Awards Banquet held at Kent State University.

The Courier staff attended the 2024 Ohio Scholastic Media Association earning multiple awards for their articles and videos. Below is a full list of both staff and individual awards.

Overall News Site – First Place

Lillian Newby – General Feature: “A look into the English Language Learners Support class”
Jada Andrews – In-Depth Reporting/Individual: “Understanding the dynamics and complexities of Black students and AP classes”
Angelo DiMatteo – Sports Coverage/News: “Rocky performance from the Comets football team through mid-season, but there is hope for a better finish”
Kyla Williams – Newswriting: “Solon one of many school districts with a shortage of bus drivers”
Kassidy Samuelraj – Personality Profile: “SHS graduate Olivia Howell won the 1500 at the Big Ten Outdoor Championship”

Emma Wellman – News Feature: “‘The Addams Family’ musical is coming to Solon High School”
Mia Ray – News Feature: “SHS drug policy and helpful resources to quit drug use”
Anna Wong – Commentary: “The SHS seniors need an alternative study area”
Emma Wellman – Sports Feature: “From Starlettes to Dance Team”
Anna Wong & Lillian Newby – On-air Talent: “Drama Club tickets for ‘The Play that Goes Wrong’ on sale”
Sasha Zahler & Emma Wellman – On-air Talent: “SADD hosts dunk tank to raise money for breast cancer research”
Jada Andrews – Newswriting: “New House Bill 123 standardizes the discussion of mental health topics for the state of Ohio”
Anna Wong – Personality Profile: “Nicole Geiger: the not so new science teacher at SHS”

Honorable Mention
Emma Wellman – Alternative Copy: “Clubs to join for second semester”
Kyla Williams – Alternative Copy: “As applications start opening for colleges, Historically Black Colleges and Universities are becoming an option”
Sam Patton – Commentary: “ChatGPT: A double edged sword”
Mia Ray – In-Depth Reporting/Individual: “The events leading up to the closing and reopening of the Bainbridge Target”
Sasha Zahler – Sports Coverage/News: “Solon decides to cancel Friday night football game against Euclid due to safety concerns”
Angelo DiMatteo – Sports Opinion: “The Cleveland Browns are essentially already in the 2023 NFL Playoffs”
Staff – Social Media Reporting: Instagram @theshscourier
Kassidy Samuelraj & Mia Ray – Broadcast Feature: “Solon’s neon themed homecoming this Saturday”
Kassidy Samuelraj & Mia Ray – Broadcast Feature: “SHS celebrates December holidays”
Kassidy Samuelraj & Mia Ray – Sports Feature: “Serena Wu makes Girls Golf State Championship”
Jada Andrews & Kyla Williams – Short Documentary: “Solon Marching Band entertains all season long”
Sam Patton & Lucy Jacobsen – In-Depth Reporting/Team: “Midterm season: How are students responding to stress?”
Sasha Zahler, Anna Wong & Emma Wellman – Multimedia Package: “LuCha 露茶 is the place to go when it comes to boba”

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