SPJ honors six students with SAC connection

Six students with experience on The Ranger have earned scholarships from the Society of Professional Journalists San Antonio Chapter. 

Jose Arredondo, a journalism major at Texas A&M University-San Antonio, has written and photographed at The Bugle Call at Robert E. Lee High School, The Big Stick at Roosevelt High School, The Ranger and La Prensa newspapers. 

Kyle Cotton, a journalism major at University of Texas at Arlington, was born and raised in San Antonio.  Cotton said he grew up rushing to read the San Antonio Express-News sports section every day, dreaming to be a sports reporter one day. Once he arrived at the journalism program at San Antonio College, he fell in love with news. Cotton says he owes his success to his parents and the amazing advisers at San Antonio College.

James Dusek, a journalism major at San Antonio College, is the features editor at The Ranger. He is passionate about sharing people’s stories and thoughts, and he believes stories, more now than ever, are vitally important to understanding and empathizing with one another.

Cynthia Herrera, a communications senior with a minor in sociology at Texas A&M University-San Antonio, graduated from San Antonio College where she obtained two associate degrees, one in journalism and the other in photography. She was the assistant managing editor and editor for The Ranger. 

Guadalupe “Wally” Perez, is a journalism major at San Antonio College. Perez is currently an intern for The Tacoist and will attend Texas State University this fall to earn a bachelor’s degree in journalism. He served as a reporter and illustrator for The Ranger, and also held the positions of features editor, calendar editor, photographer and editor-in-chief. 

Mara Gabriela Rodriguez, is a communications senior at Texas A&M University-San Antonio with a minor in business. As president of the SPJ student chapter she feels very proud of obtaining an SPJ scholarship for the second year in a row. She has written for The Ranger and The Mesquite.