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Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts students participating in Journalism Day on Nov. 3 include, front from left, Maris Reno, Alena Noakes, Destin Lopez and Lauren Rains; and back, school newspaper sponsor Thorn LaCaze, William Casey, Emma Simpson, Victoria Sosa, Dennis Keo, Hannah Miller and school yearbook sponsor Jackie Jacoby.

The more than 250 aspiring journalists and communications professionals and their advisers at the 44th annual Journalism Day included nine students from Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts.

Participating students included junior William Casey, a junior and senior Hannah Miller, both of Baton Rouge; senior Lauren Rains, of Zachary; and sophomore Maris Reno, of Denham Springs.

The event was held Nov. 3 on the campus of Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, sponsored by the Department of New Media, Journalism and Communication Arts. Students participated in breakout sessions in which panelists discussed aspects of public relations, news writing, radio, TV broadcasting, sports coverage and social media, according to a news release.

Maris writes for the LSMA school newspaper, The Renaissance. She said writing for the paper gives her an outlet to publish her work.

“I enjoy writing, so being able to write and have people read it is an extraordinary opportunity,” she said. “I love the feeling once the newspapers are back from the press. It is all of our hard work being distributed throughout the school.”

Award winners were Lauren for first in sportswriting and Hannah for first in radio broadcast.

Other student publications at LSMSA are The Rubicon, which won second for school yearbook, and Folio.