The Regional Schools Press Conference (RSPC) 2016

The Blue Knight advances to National Schools Press Conference (NSPC)
By: Johanna Vaughn Dejito, 10 Xavier, The Blue Knight

A pen, matched with some distinctive writing prowess, can definitely get one to places.

With sheer talent and brainpower, student journalists from Blue Knight (BK), the official student publication of the Ateneo de Davao University - Junior High School, bagged several awards in the Regional Schools Press Conference (RSPC) 2016, held in Cateel, Davao Oriental last January 6-9.

Over 3000 campus journalists and school paper advisers from the ten divisions of Region XI gathered for this year’s press conference. Davao Oriental Governor Corazon Malanyaon described the event as historical, even pronouncing it as the biggest ever held in Cateel.

The number of participants seemed overwhelming but the AdDU-JHS team took it as a challenging yet exciting opportunity to test their journalistic skills.  The idea of having to compete with the best campus journalists in the region added nerve-wracking thrill to the adventure the team had.

Maria Theresa Largo, first place winner of Pagsulat ng Lathalain (Feature Writing) and NSPC qualifier recalls,  “[The] RSPC [experience turned me into] this huge melting plot of all sensations a human could go through - nervousness, anticipation, adrenaline, and victory.”

Aside from Largo, three AdDU-JHS campus journalists took home awards in other individual events. Editor-in-Chief Gianna Marie Therese Bacareza finished second in Editorial Writing-English; Creative Head Jannies Shyne Briones placed third in Editorial Cartooning-English; and Associate Editor Johanna Vaughn Dejito ranked fourth in News Writing-English.

Meanwhile, the Radio Broadcasting team finished second place in the overall Scriptwriting and Radio Broadcasting event and bagged the second place award for Best in Scriptwriting. The team was composed of director Junfel Sotelo, news anchor Ethan Joshua Daquipil, news presenters Danica Marie Marasigan (Literary Editor) and Hanna Maj Piccio, infomercial specialists John Kyle Saavedra and Harriet Sheen Gallentes, and technical director Hannah Marie Molina.

Moreover, the Broadcasting team took home three special awards. Daquipil was hailed as Best Anchor while Molina and Piccio placed second in the technical application and news presenter categories respectively.

Ateneo JHS joined the broadcasting event for the first time, making its triumph in the division and regional levels a significant mark not only in the history of the school but Region XI itself.

“The RSPC was a great and fulfilling experience for the radio broadcasting team. We wish to relive every second we spent training and bonding. It was definitely the best way to start the year off,” Marasigan said in an interview. 

Largo, Bacareza, Briones, and Daquipil will join the Davao Region team for the National Schools Press Conference this February in Koronadal City, South Cotabato.

“It has always been my goal to join the NSPC again in high school,” Bacareza, an NSPC 2012 qualifier said. “I am very excited to be given another opportunity to represent our region while doing something I love.”
Leandrew Angelo Goseco (Photo Editor) for Photojournalism-Filipino, Jaimee Dominique Dango (Managing Editor) for Copyreading and Headline Writing, and Guia Mikaela Salinas Editorial Writing-Filipino also participated the said event.

Faculty members Angelle Marie Aquino (English), Johnedel Laciapag (English), Mikhaila Veruasa (ITLE), and Zaynab Cortez (Filipino) served as coaches of the AdDU-JHS team.

Subsequently, the Division of Davao City is hailed as the overall champion for this year’s RSPC.

“It’s (RSPC) definitely the hangover cure after the holidays and the best way to start the year off,” Sotelo said.

The Regional Schools Press Conference is an annual journalism competition of the Department of Education XI, participated by the ten divisions of the region, namely: Compostela Valley, Davao City, Davao Oriental, Davao del Sur, Davao del Norte, Digos City, Island Garden City of Samal, Mati City, Panabo City, and Tagum City. The said event is as a pursuant of the Republic Act 7072 or the Journalism Act of 1991, which upholds the rights of journalists in campus level through school publications and friendly contests.

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