The Paw Print


The following are awards received by the staff writers for the Paw Print since 2017.

The Paw Print is currently ranked #9 in the nation as a SNO Distinguished Site, with 30 articles published on Best of SNO.  Paw Print reporters participated in the KQED Youth Takeover in late April 2019, where four students had their audio packages selected to be broadcast on KQED. Another student was featured on Forum to discuss cultural appropriation and ‘blackfishing.’


SNO Distinguished Site – 2018-2019

The Paw Print is a SNO Distinguished Site for the 2018-2019 school year, earning six out of six SNO badges and demonstrating mastery of social media, story excellence, site excellence, coverage, and multimedia. The Paw Print ranks #9 in the nation for SNO Distinguished Sites.

Best of SNO – 2018 to 2019

The following articles and packages were published on the Paw Print and were later accepted by SNO administrators as examples of the “best stories being published on the SNO Sites network” ( Over 12,600 stories have been submitted to Best of SNO nationwide (about 17% have been accepted) among the 400+ schools that are participants. The Paw Print currently ranks #9 in the nation for the number of accepted stories!

Sam Brook Woodside Firefighters Face Unrelenting California Flames

Taila Lee Move Aside “The Kissing Booth”: Lana Condor Shines in New Netflix Rom Com

Leila Taherian Population Growth Sparks a Need for Better Public Transportation

Taila Lee Dressing for Success: New Dress Code Approved in Alameda After Two Years

Chloe Postlewaite The Benefits of Bloom

Liam Lee Democrats Hope to Pass New Policies After the Midterms

Emma Chiu City Council Candidates Weigh in on the Housing Crisis

Holly Rusch Juuls in Schools: FDA Announces Teen Vaping “Epidemic”

Chloe Postlewaite Meme Page Popularity

Emma Chiu East Palo Alto Leans Left in Midterms

Sam Brook Camp Fire Sparks Students to Wear Masks for Protection

Noelia Arteaga Social Media Aides Voter Turnout

Holly Rusch and Leila Taherian This I Believe

Tessa Bertine Unhealthy Air Quality Interrupts Fundraising Friday

Liam Lee GSA Aims to Eliminate Gendered Graduation Robes

Emma Chiu Harvard Lawsuit Poses a New Threat to Affirmative Action

Jack Freeman Deadly Camp Fire Brings Devastation to Butte County

Holly Rusch and Noelia Arteaga (additional contributions by Emma Chiu, Chloe Postlewaite, Taila Lee, Isabella Williams) – Woodside Spanish Teacher, Brett Bowles, Resigns Amidst Controversy

Sam Brook I-wing Bathroom Closure Causes Inconvenience But Protects from Larger Issue

Emma Chiu Oval Office or Bust: Nine Democratic Candidates Declare a Presidential Campaign

Taila Lee Sweeter Than Sweetener: Why We Should Thank Ariana Grande for thank u, next

Noelia Arteaga The Scoop on the College Bribery Scandal

Taila Lee Billie Eilish Stuns With a Haunting Debut Album

Taila Lee Khalid Unites His Music With Cinema in “Free Spirit”

Taila Lee and Emma ChiuYoung Conservatives Club Encourages Political Discussions at Woodside

Spencer GrahamThe LGBTQ Fight Will Continue

Emma ChiuStigma, Silence, and Slang

Taila Lee and Chloe PostlewaiteWhy Being Polite Isn’t Always a Good Thing

Taila LeeEverything You Missed in Taylor Swift’s “ME!” Music Video

Cody BowersAvengers: Endgame Smashes Pre-sales Records on Way to Box Office

Sam BrookDerogatory Language in the Liberal Bay Area

Tessa BertineForty Days of Controversy

Site Excellence – 2018 to 2019

The Paw Print received SNO’s Site Excellence Badge, where students had to “customize their homepage beyond the initial SNO design with a clear sense of purpose for every element on the homepage.”

Story Page Excellence – 2018 to 2019

The Paw Print received SNO’s Story Page Excellence Badge, where students had to create eight stories “that go beyond the text to enhance the reader’s experience.” They used different templates to add engaging elements to articles, and they added interactive pieces to the website.

Audience Engagement – 2018 to 2019

The Paw Print received SNO’s Audience Engagement Badge, where students had to use social media to engage their audience while gaining over 1,000 total followers. They also studied their analytics, and got thousands of page views on their website.

Multimedia – 2018 to 2019

The Paw Print received SNO’s Multimedia Badge, where students produced multiple high-quality videos, podcasts, and three photo slideshows. They learned how to create effective and engaging pieces on different platforms, and they learned the differences between different types of media.

Continuous Coverage – 2018 to 2019

The Paw Print received SNO’s Continuous Coverage Badge, where students updated the Paw Print site regularly throughout the school year and demonstrated a commitment to timely online journalism.

Journalism Education Association (JEA) Convention (Chicago, IL) – Fall 2018

Woodside Journalism II and III students traveled to Chicago to attend the JEA Convention and participate in competitions with other schools across the country. The following students received honors from JEA.

Emma Chiu – Newswriting – Honorable Mention

Noelia Arteaga – Sports Writing – Honorable Mention

Chloe Postlewaite* – Online News Package – Honorable Mention

Isabella Williams* – Online News Package – Honorable Mention

Taila Lee* – Online News Package – Honorable Mention

*Chloe Postlewaite, Isabella Williams, and Taila Lee participated in a group competition to collaboratively produce an online news package about 2018 midterms.  You can view their project here, which was published on the Paw Print as a submission.


Journalism Education Association (JEA) Awards – 2017 to 2018

The following awards were presented to journalism and video students by JEA.

Digital Media Live Coverage

First Place – “Woodside Walkout Live Coverage”

Anchors: Jess O’Neill, Sean Moriarty, Field Reporter: Holly Rusch

Woodside TV Live Breaking News Crew: Philip Moises, Brendan Peck, Justin Swan, Scott Morimoto

Second Place “RWC March for Our Lives Live Coverage”

Anchors: Mykha Latimer, Stefan Sujansky, Field Reporter: Leila Taherian

Woodside TV Live Thursday Crew: Philip Moises, Brendan Peck, Daniel Moreno, Gianna V., Ivria Crane, Ryan Quinn

Digital Media News Website Design

Honorable Mention – Isabella Williams (Online Editor and 2018-2019 Co-Editor-in-Chief)

News Story

Honorable Mention – Sean Moriarty (Politics Staff Writer)

Sports Story

Honorable Mention – Aaron Raubvogel (2017-2018 Co-Editor-in-Chief)

Video News Package

Third Place – Scott Morimoto (Woodside TV Live Reporter)

Digital Media Photo Slideshow

Honorable Mention – Joseph Balsama (Photo Editor)

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