Congratulations to Itzel Luna on being the first SCJEA Journalist of the Year 2021. She was the highest ranking Southern California student among the portfolios submitted by student journalists in California.
Luna was the editor-in-chief of the newsmagazine at Daniel Pearl Magnet High School. She was in the journalism program all four years of her high school career. Each summer, she participated in summer journalism programs or internships, including the Princeton Summer Journalism Program and KTLA Channel 5 morning news.
She is now a freshman at Stanford University where is is contributing to the Stanford Daily and a Cal Matters College Network Fellow.
In 2021, the SCJEA Board of Directors agreed to create a new scholarship that would award $500 to the top JOY student from our member schools. The goal is to ultimately give additional JOY scholarships like our northern California counterpart, JEANC.