Parkrose High School journalism teacher Nerissa Ediza has been chosen as the Mary Hartman Oregon Journalism Teacher of the Year for 2015.Ediza advises a publication that receives no district money for publishing or operations costs.
Her leadership and dedication to fundraising has enabled the school to continue publishing a newspaper that dates back to the early 1900s.
“While we don’t have the resources of some other programs, students of the Bronco Blaze staff are passionate about journalism and proud of their newspaper,” Ediza said. “With just two old cameras and three clunky computers, they put out high-quality content every month, and it feels great to have our work recognized.”
Ediza has been the adviser of the Bronco Blaze for the past 12 years. The Blaze has been a perennial award winner at NWSP Fall Press Day and the yearly Student Media Olympics.
“She has done a magnificent job with the Bronco Blaze newspaper at Parkrose High School,” Karla Kennedy, Executive Director of NWSP said. “She is an outstanding representative of an adviser who values student voice through the support of Oregon law and the First Amendment.”
Her students have been candidates for top awards in the state and have continued on to study journalism in college and become professionals in the field.
“Advising the school newspaper is one of the most fun things about my job. The paper is student run, and I love that my role is to help them have a voice in the school and the community,” Ediza said.
The Journalism Teacher of the Year award is co-sponsored by the Oregon Journalism Education Association and Northwest Scholastic Press. The award comes with a $500 stipend that is awarded through an endowment by the Mary Hartman family. The award is named for Mary Hartman, a University of Oregon SOJC faculty member and former director of Oregon Scholastic Press.
The Parkrose newspaper can be viewed at www.broncoblaze.com.