About

The Oarsman is the student newspaper of Venice High School. The school opened in 1910 and a newspaper was created the following year. Venice has consistently had a newspaper since that time. It was named “The Oarsman” at a later unknown date.

Ms. Nancy Zubiri has been the newspaper adviser since 2000. Since 2003 she has taken students to the National High School Journalism Convention, where the students and paper have consistently won awards. (See below)

In 2012, The Oarsman was awarded a National Pacemaker by the National Scholastic Press Association, one of only 22 high school papers across the country to win the award.

2012 Award winners:
Michael Cheung, Wikoff Scholarship for Editorial Leadership
Mitchell Handler, Journalism Honor Roll Scholarship


Awards, Write-offs, National High School Journalism Convention
April 2017 – Seattle
Commentary – Excellent, Corinna Pineda
News Writing – Honorable Mention, Maya Manjarrez
Editorial Cartoon – Honorable Mention, Ren Juarez

April 2014 – San Diego
The Oarsman 6th place, Best of Show, Newspaper 8 – 12 pages

April 2013 – San Francisco
Editorial Writing – Honorable Mention Abdul Hai Naqvi

April 2012 – Seattle
Editorial Writing – Superior Rating – Michael Cheung
Sports Writing – Honorable Mention – Gabriela Grijalva

April 2011 – Anaheim
News Writing – Superior Rating – Mitchell Handler

April 2009 – Phoenix
Sports Writing – Superior Rating – Isaac Rosenthal

April 2008 – Anaheim
Feature Writing – Honorable Mention – Marilyn Ramirez
Commentary – Honorable Mention – Olivia Gauthier

April 2007 – Denver
Sports Photography – Honorable Mention – Lushia Mendez

April 2006 – San Francisco
Commentary – Excellent Rating – Jonathan Downie
News Writing – Honorable Mention – Brian Kirk

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