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Graduates Earn All-State Journalism Awards

Congratulations to these students and Tiger Yearbook Advisor, Mrs. Christina Strnad!
By Brooke De Angelis, Student Contributor --

At 11 p.m., yearbook students wrap up a Friday night football photo shoot. At 6 a.m. the next morning, those same students are at school, sleepy-eyed but ready to write in a UIL journalism contest. This level of dedication is what earned three Thrall High School students spots on the 2019 All-State Journalism Staff.
Graduates Amity Holubec, Lindsay Dube, and Kylie Sledge received the All-State award in late August from UIL
for their achievements in journalism and yearbook competitions throughout their senior year.
“I always had to be on top of my yearbook deadlines,” said Amity, who is now attending Blinn College. “There
were days where I would work for three class periods and then I would take pictures of some after school event,
whether it be JV football, basketball or baseball.”
This fall, Lindsay and Kylie are continuing their involvement in journalism by joining their college yearbook staffs. Kylie is a photographer for the Aggieland Yearbook at Texas A&M and Lindsay is the Social Media Editor for the La Ventana Yearbook and a freshman Multimedia Apprentice for the Daily Toreador at Texas Tech University.
Each agree that their time on The Tiger yearbook staff prepared them to take the next step. “My yearbook experience was demanding, but I also made it a priority to be in the lab a lot and get my stuff done,” Lindsay said. “Adding journalism to my degree was mainly because I found out that I was kind of good at it in UIL and enjoyed it a lot. The yearbook lab was my favorite place on campus.”
During her senior year, Kylie served as Editor in Chief for The Tiger where she was responsible for taking and editing pictures, designing pages, getting interviews, writing stories, and combing through other staffer’s pages, ensuring the yearbook looked cohesive. “Yearbook was always draining and required a lot of extra work,” Kylie said. “But I loved every minute of it and couldn’t give it up.”
Under the guidance of yearbook adviser Christina Strnad, the trio lead the Thrall Journalism team to the 2019 UIL State Championships, where Amity, Lindsay, and Kylie competed in headline, feature, and news writing, respectively.
Kylie said the All-State honor is an all-encompassing journalism award. “We were not only recognized for our UIL Journalism accomplishments, but also our yearbook accomplishments,” Kylie said. “Receiving All-State was the last accomplishment we would all get to share together.”