Samantha Lasarow, the newspaper and yearbook adviser at El Camino Real Charter High School in Woodland Hills, was named a 2019JEA Rising Stars. She was among 12 recipients during the national high school journalism convention in Washington D.C. in November.
According to a Walsworth Yearbooks website, "Walsworth sales rep Michelle DiSimone, CJE, has observed Lasarow infuse her students with courage and confidence as they built up their journalism program.
A commitment not only to scholastic journalism but also the growth of her students as individuals makes Samantha a natural choice for this award,” DiSimone said. “With her background in publications at Stanford University and recent CJE certification, it was clear she was capable and had the knowledge to be successful, but the transformation in their student media seen under her leadership has been truly inspirational and beyond what we could have imagined.'"
At the awards luncheon, Lasarow acknowledged Jo Zimmerman, a retired adviser and former JEA mentor, for guiding her these past few years.
Lasarow is in her fourth year of advising the yearbook Corazon and the newspaper The King's Courier at El Camino Real Charter High School. She is also an SCJEA board member,