ALAMO – Four PSJA Memorial Early College High School students have been named to the 2016-2017 All-State Journalism staff by the University Interscholastic League (UIL).

They are Sophomores Zorayda Sanchez and Josefina Martinez, Senior Roxanna Sanchez, and 2017 graduate and current University of Texas Austin student Alyssa Sandoval.

Alyssa Sandoval

Roxanna Sanchez and Sandoval were part of the Rio Grande Guardian/PSJA ISD internship program in the summer of 2016.

“All-State staff members show initiative and a real desire to improve their journalistic skills,” said Jeanne Acton, UIL Director of Journalism.

The PSJA Memorial Early College High School UIL Journalism Coaches are Aaron Lozano and Jason Flores.

To become a member of the All-State Journalism Staff, students must accumulate points over the year based on their achievement in at UIL journalism contests, and other writing and publication contests, both statewide and nationwide. The students apply to become members of the All-State Staff.

Any student who is involved in scholastic journalism in Texas is eligible for the staff.

Two of the four students have also been part of PSJA ISD’s Communication’s Summer Internships Programs. Both Roxanna Sanchez and Alyssa Sandoval interned at the Rio Grande Guardian during the summer of 2016, increasing their experience in the field.

Roxanna Sanchez

“Like any other extracurricular activity, journalism students put enormous amounts of time into their school publications and writing competitions,” Acton said. “These students need to be recognized for their commitment and passion to high school journalism. The skills students learn from journalism are lifelong.”

Rio Grande Guardian editor Steve Taylor said all four PSJA students deserve praise for their dedication and hard work.

“We were honored to have Alyssa and Roxanna join us for our 2016 Summer Internship program with PSJA. They worked hard, had fun, and produced a lot of good stories for us. I am proud they have been recognized as All-State, alongside Zorayda and Josefina,” Taylor said.

Two other PSJA students, Jennifer Crossman and Serina Kornegay, were in the RGG’s 2017 Summer Internship program. “I expect Serina and Jennifer to go on to great things also. We are delighted to have our partnership with PSJA,” Taylor said.

Jennifer Crossman and Serina Kornegay