St Joe adviser recognized for excellence

MADISON – The Dow Jones News Fund announced Terry Cassreino of St. Joseph School in Madison, is a 2015 Dow Jones News Fund Special Recognition Adviser.
Cassreino has advised the school streaming sports radio station, the newspaper and the yearbook at St. Joseph Catholic School for the past three years. He owns a media consulting company and worked as communications director for the Mississippi Democratic Party and the New Orleans housing authority.
Cassreino holds dual bachelor’s in journalism and radio and television from the University of Mississippi. He is certified to teach English and journalism for seventh through twelfth grades after obtaining his license to teach through the Teach Mississippi Institute at the University of Mississippi.
He spent more than 24 years as a reporter, political columnist and editor at Mississippi newspapers including positions as capitol bureau chief for The Sun Herald, managing editor of The Madison County Journal, and assistant managing editor for The Meridian Star and at the Hattiesburg American.
As a Special Recognition Adviser, Cassreino will receive a plaque and a subscription to courtesy of the publishers of The Wall Street Journal.
The Fund also named its National High School Journalism Teacher of the Year, Kirkwood (Mo.) High School teacher and media adviser, Mitch Eden.
The Distinguished Advisers are Sandra Coyer, Puyallup (Wash.) High School; Rachel Rauch, Homestead High School, Mequon, Wis.; Amanda Thorpe, Portage (Mich.) Community High School; and Mitch Ziegler of Redondo Union High School, Redondo Beach, Calif.
The other Special Recognition Advisers are Alena Cybart-Persenaire, Kennedy High School, Waterbury, Conn.; Thomas Kaup, Auburn (Wash.) High School; and Leland Mallett, Legacy High School, Mansfield, Texas.
The selection panel included 2014 Teacher of the Year Chris Waugaman of Prince George (Va.) High School; Richard S. Holden, a News Fund board member and former executive director; Dr. Calvin Hall, chair of the Scholastic Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication and chair of the journalism department at North Carolina Central University, Durham; Ed Sullivan, executive director of the Columbia Scholastic Press Association; and Elena Stauffer, senior program coordinator, University of Arizona School of Journalism.
The National High School Journalism Teacher of the Year Awards is sponsored by the Dow Jones News Fund, Columbia Scholastic Press Association, Poynter Institute for Media Studies and The Wall Street Journal.