Highland Rambler Named Best Journalism Program in the State


Caylee Caldwell, Editor In Chief

This weekend was the Utah Future of Journalism awards broadcast in which the best of high school journalism is recognized. Our Highland Rambler staff entered many amazing pieces into this competition and worked hard all year to make the Rambler for the Highland students.

“I wanted my students to know how good they are,” Brandon Winn, supervisor of the Rambler, said. “This provides validation to my students that I know are great but don’t always get the recognition they deserve.”

Winn strives to develop strong relationships with his students in high school that often last beyond their graduation. He has guided the class and staff through the many ups and downs of the paper.

These ups and downs led the Rambler to be named the best journalism program in the state by this competition, a great honor for the staff. In addition to this, HTVS was awarded best news broadcast production in the state. 

Individually, the Rambler was well represented through multiple articles, photos, art, and podcasts. Here is a list of students recognized for their individual work:

Caylee Caldwell — 1st place breaking news writing; 2nd place breaking news photography. Caylee was a fantastic editor-in-chief and deserves a ton of credit. 

Hannah Goins — 1st place feature writing; 1st place editorial writing

Noah Herridge — 1st place sports photography; 1st place breaking news photography

Eli Adams and Nic Duersch — 1st place for best podcast series

Abby Khatri — 1st place news writing 

Peach Schilling — 3rd place sports writing; 3rd place breaking news writing

Malia Hansen — 2nd place news writing 

Kate Roney — 2nd place breaking news writing

Daria Khajavi— 2nd place feature photography; 2nd place news photography; 3rd place original graphic

Kate Raybould — 3rd place feature writing

Emma Johnson and Malia Hansen — 2nd place best podcast episode

“This year’s group is uniquely talented and I’m excited to see how they use high school as a springboard to bigger and better times,” Winn said. “They’re important to me, and I hope they know that.”