Akins students pick up 24 individual awards, Tops in Texas honor for sports writing


Student journalists from Akins High School picked up 24 individual awards on Saturday from the Interscholastic Press League Conference (ILPC) during a virtual awards ceremony

ILPC is the state’s press association for student journalists, and it recognizes the top student journalists from across the state in a program called Tops in Texas. Eagle’s Eye sports editor Diego Gutierrez picked up a Tops in Texas award for his sports column about the inequities in funding for high school athletics in Texas.

The Eagle’s Eye print edition was one of six newspapers from across Texas that picked up a Bronze Star award in recognition of its overall quality. 

David Doerr, the faculty adviser of The Eagle’s Eye, was also recognized as an Edith Fox King award recipient. The award is given to journalism advisers who have made significant contributions to scholastic journalism in Texas. 

See the list below to review the list of individual award recipients from Akins:


1st Place — Sports News Story — Mylo Bissell

1st Place — Sports Column — Diego Gutierrez

1st Place — Student Art — Ash Catalan

1st Place — Entertainment Page Design — Anneliese Olivo

1st Place — News Page/Spread Design — Dee Carreon

1st Place — Sports Feature Photo — Diego Gutierrez

1st Place — Editorial Writing — Mylo Bissell (Online)


2nd Place — Sports Column — Diego Gutierrez

2nd Place — Infographic/Sidebar — Dee Carreon

2nd Place — Feature Page/Spread Design — Andrew Martinez

2nd Place — General News Photo — Angela Glass

2nd Place — Entertainment Photo — Dustin Prestridge

2nd Place — Sports Action Photo — Luke Becerra


3rd Place — Photo Story — Amora Arriaga

3rd Place — General News Photo — Bethany Bissell 


Honorable Mention (HM) — News Writing — Mylo Bissell

HM — Feature Writing — Dee Carreon

HM — Feature Writing — Dee Carreon

HM — Entertainment Review — Anneliese Olivo

HM — Entertainment Feature — Natalia Estrada

HM — Personal Opinion Column — Austin Rutledge

HM — Infographic/Sidebar — Dee Carreon

HM — Cartoon — Ash Catalan

HM — News Page/Spread Design — Dee Carreon