Jason Davis, AJUSD Yearbook Adviser, Earns Special Recognition from Journalism Education Association

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Jason Davis, AJUSD Yearbook Adviser, Earns Special Recognition from Journalism Education Association

Apache Junction High School and Cactus Canyon Junior High proudly announce that their yearbook adviser, Jason Davis, has been honored with the Special Recognition Adviser title by the Journalism Education Association (JEA). This prestigious acknowledgment is a testament to Davis’ outstanding contributions to the field of journalism and his dedication to nurturing the talents of young students.

The Journalism Education Association, a renowned organization in the realm of scholastic journalism, annually recognizes exceptional individuals who have demonstrated excellence in their roles as advisers. Among the accolades bestowed by JEA are the Yearbook Adviser of the Year, Distinguished Advisers, and Special Recognition Advisers. Jason Davis joins the distinguished ranks of Special Recognition Advisers for his exemplary work throughout the past year and his enduring commitment to journalism education.

Davis stands out as the sole Arizona adviser to receive this recognition since 2002 and only the third in the state since the inception of the awards in 1995. This achievement reflects not only his individual accomplishments but also the high standards set by the journalism programs at Apache Junction High School and Cactus Canyon Junior High.

Under Davis’ leadership, the Cactus Canyon yearbook has emerged as one of the premier student journalism programs in the nation. The last five volumes of the student-produced Oro have consistently been named finalists for both the National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA) Pacemaker and the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA) Crown awards – the most prestigious national honors in student journalism.

More than a testament to the excellence of the publications, Davis’ impact is evident in the success of the students. Over 15 students have earned national recognition in writing, photography, and design under his guidance. Additionally, numerous Cactus Canyon Junior High students have earned statewide awards, further solidifying the program’s reputation for fostering journalistic talent.

Now in his second year of advising at Apache Junction High School, Davis is on a mission to expand the program to cover grades 6-12. By providing students the opportunity to engage in journalism from middle school through high school, Davis aims to build a robust foundation for future success. He emphasizes the importance of strong relationships in achieving this mission, stating, “I can teach them journalism skills, and they will improve with practice. But I’ve found that the best part of the yearbook program is giving students a place to feel at home and successful at school.”

The culmination of Davis’ dedication and accomplishments will be celebrated at the National Journalism Convention in Kansas City in April. This recognition not only highlights his personal achievements but also underscores the commitment of Apache Junction High School and Cactus Canyon Junior High to fostering excellence in journalism education.

About AJUSD:
Apache Junction Unified Schools is a school district dedicated to providing high-quality education to students in our community. With a commitment to excellence and a focus on student success, we continuously strive to create a supportive and nurturing learning environment. Our dedicated educators and staff work collaboratively with parents and the community to prepare students for a bright future. For updates, visit
www.ajusd.org.

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