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Two Seniors Awarded Prestigious DJNF Scholarships

Two members of CCNN Live - Alexander Someillan and David Perez - were awarded Dow Jones News Fund Scholarships.

Alexander Someillan – Best Video
Alexander Someillan, a senior at Christopher Columbus High School, won Best Video for his piece about the growing farm-to-table trend in Miami.

Blevens’ nomination said, “When Alexander pitched this story, we were concerned with how he’d find a focus during the few days he had to report. He got after the story with great passion, first writing an excellent piece, then producing a video that took a visual trajectory that was crisp, engaging and informative.”

Alexander has been honing his on-air reporting and video editing skills working for the school television station since freshman year. Along the way he has earned several awards for his body of work.

With his experience at the TV station and Miami Montage, Alexander is ready to pursue a career in broadcast journalism.

“I now find that I am passionate about journalism and I’m looking forward to this career with much enthusiasm,” he wrote.

David Perez – Best Data Journalism
Christopher Columbus High School senior David Perez won Best Data Journalism for his article and accompanying graphics about the gender wage gap in Miami.
Miami Still Has Work to do in Battle to Close Its Wage Gaps” used data from a Status of Women in Miami-Dade County report which found women in Florida earn 87 cents for each dollar earned by a man. Perez used this data to create several infographics for print and digital versions of his story.

Ansin/Sullivan Workshop director Blevens wrote of David, “After writing his story, he set out to develop an infographic for the magazine, then learned the coding for interactive data on the web, flipping is print version to a three-level version on the web. Terrific extra effort that adds great value to a very important story.”
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Christopher Columbus High School is a private, Roman Catholic, college-preparatory high school, conducted by the Marist Brothers of the Schools. We aim to make Jesus Christ known and loved, as we prepare young men for higher education and for their continuous challenge of harmonizing faith, culture and life. We foster a family spirit among all who are committed to the success of the school and promote opportunities to work together as a community of learners. 

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