Two HS students join NSPC 2017

Jovelle Kaye Calipdan, a Grade 9 student and Hannah Grace P. Dela Cruz, a Grade 11 student participated in the 2017 National Schools Press Conference (NSPC) held in Pagadian City, Zamboanga del Sur, January 22-25.

This conference with the theme “Strengthening Freedom of Information through Campus Journalism” is an annual competition of campus journalists in the entire country to showcase their talents in the different categories of journalism.

Calipdan and Dela Cruz qualified to join in this year’s NSPC after having declared as third placers both in Filipino medium for Copy Reading and Headline Writing, and Feature Writing respectively during the awarding of winners in the 2016 Regional Schools Press Conference held in January 4, 2017 at Otel Pampanga, City of San Fernando, Pampanga.

It was Calipdan’s second time to be an NSPC qualifier as she was awarded the 1st place in the same category during the 2016 National Schools Press Conference in Koronadal City, South Cotabato in the previous year.

It is indeed a great privilege to be a national participant in this highest intellectual competition for journalism in both public and private schools in the Philippines. I have never imagined in my life that through journalism, I would be able to go to many places in the country especially Mindanao. I may not made it this year, but the new experiences, lessons learned, and new found friends made me feel still a winner,” Calipdan asserted.

Meanwhile, it was Dela Cruz’s first time to join her winning category and to be a participant in the national level. Interestingly, feature writing is not really her category during the 2016 Division Schools Press Conference last September in Cabanatuan East Central School. Due to conflict in the schedule of her categories which are news writing, copy reading, and editorial writing (English), she was convinced by her adviser/coach to join feature writing (Filipino) where she ranked 3rd place and this made her qualify in the regional level.

It was an honor to be one of the delegates of our region for a national competition. I never thought that my passion for journalism would get me this far. It was an unexpected journey that made me learn new things. Nothing can ever compare to the satisfaction and learning I gained from this competition,” Dela Cruz said.

These two high school students started their journey in campus journalism since elementary. #Lydia G. Calipdan