Three Enid High School students recently were recognized for their selection into the Oklahoma Institute for Diversity in Journalism.

Fourteen students from Houston and around Oklahoma participated in the two-week program.

Students lived in University of Oklahoma dormitories and worked on the third annual edition of the Red Dirt Journal, the publication put together by Oklahoma Institute for Diversity in Journalism participants.

Enid High School students Serena Prammanasudh and Jamie Hughes participated in this summer’s institute and Allura Dean was selected to participate in next summer’s institute. Prammanasudh, Hughes and Allura are seniors at Enid High and students in Debbie Mueller’s journalism class.

Hughes and Prammanasudh both said they learned a lot about the business from professional journalists.

“It was awesome,” Hughes said. “I really, really enjoyed it.”

Prammanasudh said she really enjoyed working with the OU School of Journalism instructors.

Hughes shadowed a reporter at The Daily Oklahoman and Prammanasudh followed capitol reporters from The Journal Record.

Mueller nominated the three students, who in turn had to submit to a lengthy application process. Mueller said all three are exceptional journalism students who deserved to attend the institute. All three students qualified for state during the Oklahoma Scholastic Media contest.

“I knew they all were coming back and would benefit from the program,” Mueller said.

Mueller spoke to school board members Tuesday night and recognized The Quill, and the student newspaper’s 100th birthday.

This summer, students reported and wrote stories on topics ranging from immigration to tattooing to whether there are real differences between people who are right- or left-handed. The students stayed in Walker Hall on the University of Oklahoma campus, according to the OU School of Journalism Web site.

During their stay on campus, the students were treated to presentations and dinners by the Society of Professional Journalists, Freedom of Information Oklahoma, the Norman Transcript, the Oklahoma Gazette, the Oklahoman, the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication, and the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation, according to the site.

The annual workshop is funded by the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation, the Oklahoman, the Gaylord College and the Dow Jones Newspaper Fund. Its goal is to expose youth to careers in the world of daily newspaper journalism; OIDJ’s mission is to increase representation of minorities in college journalism programs and in the industry workplace.

While Hughes may want to pursue a career in journalism, Prammanasudh wants to pursue a degree in environmental science, while Dean wants to become a forensic psychologist.

Students this summer represented the following high schools: Houston Christian High School, Edmond Sante Fe High School, Tulsa Memorial High School, Norman High School, McAlester High School, Casady School, Ardmore High School, Ada High School, Classen High School and Edmond North High School.

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