February 25, 2024
Nicolette Luna, within the Chula Vista Metropolis Council chambers, holding her honor. Photograph credit score: @SWCcollege by way of Fb

Southwestern School pupil Nicolette Luna, simply 17, has been acknowledged in her South Bay hometown for making a reputation for herself in journalism in a really quick time.  

The Chula Vista Metropolis Council this month introduced her with a proclamation for recognition of her work with Southwestern School’s newspaper and journal, The Solar and El Sol. She additionally was named Nationwide School Reporter of the Yr by the Related Collegiate Press.

Luna determined to enroll in journalism lessons at Southwestern in 2020 although she was simply 14, and nonetheless a pupil at Bonita Vista Excessive College. She began writing for the faculty newspaper, and shortly her tales have been incomes awards. She shortly rose to grow to be an editor. 

Luna stated she was thrilled by the Metropolis Council honor, including that the help she acquired from her Southwestern School journalism professor, Max Branscomb, had rather a lot to do together with her success. 

“Receiving these recognitions felt wonderful,” she stated. “It was the build-up of all of the arduous work I put in and in addition the work of people who supported me like my household, colleagues and Dr. Branscomb.”

As editor, Luna directed the work of school college students, a few of whom have been twice her age. Final yr, her work was awarded three first-place spots on the Society of Skilled Journalists banquet, and she or he was invited to write down an op-ed piece within the San Diego Union Tribune.

The California School Media Affiliation and the Journalism Affiliation of Group Faculties even have given Luna a number of awards. 

“Nikki is a superb and hard-working younger girl who’s a gifted author and chief. She led El Sol Journal and The Solar with imaginative and prescient and power to nationwide championships earlier than she was sufficiently old to drive a automotive,” Branscomb stated.

Luna stated she wish to be part of younger Latinas working to spice up the ranks of underrepresented journalists. After highschool, she hopes to maneuver to New York, attend Columbia College, work in journal publishing or regulation and begin her personal journal. 

“Take any alternative that comes your approach, regardless of how troublesome it might appear,” Luna stated. “It will likely be price it.”