The Pearl Post

The Pearl Post is the student-run newspaper of Daniel Pearl Magnet High School. The newspaper began in September 2009 and is published monthly. It is also published online at www.thepearlpost.com and in fall 2010 began adding news videos to its production.

Awards and Recognitions

June 8 – California Student Media Festival

  • News Show winner – “Be More Heroic” news story by Emon Abdullah, Jessica Mallari and Alexandra Pineda

May 2014 – Los Angeles Press Club

  • Finalist for Best High School Newspaper (winner will be announced June 29)

May 3, 2014 – California Newspaper Publishers Association

  • Second place in News Photo (high school division)

April 2014 – Journalism Education Association/National Scholastic Press Association

  • The Pearl Post received 4th place in NSPA’s Best of Show for publication website small school
  • Superior in Commercial/PSA: Karla Medrano and Enrie Amezcua
  • Excellent in Editorial: Features Editor Chris Bower
  • Excellent in Photo Portrait: Yearbook Editor Ana Perez
  • Honorable mention in News Writing: Managing Editor Natalie Moore
  • Honorable mention in Review Writing: Staff Writer Zach Adler

March 2013 – SoCal Journalism Education Association Write-offs

  • Second Place photo – Ana Perez
  • Seventh Place Cartoon: Sheena Gonzalez
  • 11th Place Sports Writing: Irene Feher

February 22, 2014 – CSUN Journalism Day Write-offs

  • The Pearl Post tied for first place in sweepstakes
  • First Place Feature Writing: Ilana Gale
  • First Place Photo: Ana Perez
  • Second Place Sports Writing: Elijah Zelonky
  • Third Place Feature Writing: Elsy Barcelo
  • Third Place Opinion Writing: Chris Bower
  • Fifth Place News Writing: Natalie Moore
  • Seventh Place Sports Writing: Irene Feher

October 2013 – CSUN Journalism Day

  • 1st place News Writing: Natalie Moore
  • 3rd place Opinion Writing: Zach Adler
  • Honorable Mention Photography: Ana Perez

June 2013 – The Los Angeles Press Club Awards

  • 2nd place best High School Newspaper
  • 2nd place Best School News Website

June 2013 – California Student Media Festival

  • Best News Short winner “Dropouts”

April 2013 Journalism Education Association/National Scholastic Press Association

  • Online Pacemaker Finalist
  • JEA Excellence rating for Broadcast Package: Editor-in-Chief Elitza Batchiyska and Opinion Editor Patrick Avognon.
  • Best of Show – 10th place newspaper
  • Best of Show – 10th place news website

April 13, 2013 Southern California Journalism Education Association state competition, state competition, Cal State Long Beach

  • 2nd place in News Photography: Ana Perez
  • 3rd place in Editorial Writing: Chris Bower
  • 5th place in Feature Photography: Jake Dobbs Chris received. N
  • 7th place in News Writing: Natalie Moore
  • Jolene Combs Memorial Scholarship: Natalie Moore and Ana Perez
  • Carol Hallenbeck Scholarship Award $500: Elitza Batchiyska

March 2013 – California Newspaper Publishers Association

  • Award of Excellence Best Sports Story: Opinion Editor Patrick Avognon

October 20, 2012 CSUN Journalism Day

  • Honorable mention in the news writing: Natalie Moore

June 25, 2012 The Los Angeles Press Club

  • Best High School Newspaper

April 29, 2012 Southern California Journalism Education Association (SCJEA) state competition, Cal State Long Beach

  • 7th place in News Writing: Editor-in-Chief Elitza Batchiyska
  • 13th place in Feature Writing: Features Editor Rosie Somoundjian

March 17, 2012 Cal State Northridge write-offs

  • 5th place Opinion Writing: Journalism 1 student Anjeliko Garcia
  • 5th place Feature Writing: Journalism 1 Christopher Bower
  • 8th place Feature Writing: Features Editor Rosie Somoundjian
  • 6th place News Writing: Sports Editor Natalie Moore
  • 1st place photography: Zana Tillet
  • 2nd place photography: Rosalia Cruz

March 2012 California Journalism Education Coalition

  • Journalism Educator of the Year: Adviser Adriana Chavira

February 2012 LAUSD Scholastic Journalism Initiative – Write-offs

  • News: Elitza Batchiyska
  • News: Brayan Cecenas
  • News: Carlos Godoy

May 14, 2011 Southern California Journalism Education Association state competition, Walnut High School

  • 3rd place in Best of Southern California (black & white) newspapers: The Pearl Post
  • 2nd Place in Feature Writing: Editor-in-Chief Ellie Batchiyska
  • 12th place in Editorial Writing: Journalism 1 student Tim Smirnov
  • Ted Tajima Scholarship, $1,000: Copy editor & Staff Writer: Sarah Greenwald

April 30, 2011 at CSUN’s High School Write-offs

  • 4th place in Feature Writing: Journalism 1 student Danielle Flores
  • 7th place in Opinion Writing: Journalism 1 student Tim Smirnov
  • 9th place in Opinion Writing: Journalism 1 student Daylin Ramirez

April 23, 2011 Journalism Education Association/National Scholastic Press Association’s national convention, Anaheim, Ca

  • Honorable mention in Sports Writing: Sports Editor Amanda Cordoba
  • Honorable mention in Feature Writing: Editor-in-Chief Elitza Batchiyska

February 17, 2011, Los Angeles Unified School District’s Scholastic High School Initiative write-offs

  • 2nd place in News Writing: Features Editor Sarkis Ekmekian
  • 3rd place in Feature Writing: Editor-in-Chief Elitza Batchiyska
  • 4th place in Feature Writing: Staff Writer Brayan Cecenas
  • 6th place in Feature Writing: Sports Editor Amanda Cordoba

October 2010 CSUN High School Journalism Day

  • 1st place in News Writing: Editor-in-Chief Sarkis Ekmekian
  • 2nd place in Opinion Writing: Sports Editor Amanda Cordoba

May 22, 2010: Journalism Education Association (JEA) state write-off competition at Fullerton College

  • 4th place in feature photography: Newspaper and Yearbook Photographer Jason Ordoñez
  • 7th place in Editorial Writing: Opinion Editor Nicole Hutchinson
  • 13th place in News Writing: Editor-in-Chief Rachel Ferreira

April 24, 2010: CSUN Gen-J Workshop

  • Second place sweepstakes award: The Pearl Post
  • 1st place in Opinion Writing: Opinion Editor Nicole Hutchinson
  • 6th place in News: Editor-in-Chief Rachel Ferreira
  • 2nd place in Feature Writing: Journalism 1 student Sarkis Ekmekian
  • 5th place in Feature Writing: Journalism 1 student Elitza Batchiyska

October 17, 2009: Cal State University Northridge (CSUN) High School Journalism Day

  • First place in Feature Writing: Editor-in-Chief Rachel Ferreira
  • Third place in Feature Writing: Opinion Editor Nicole Hutchinson