The Wildcat


The Wildcat is one of the oldest continuously published scholastic publications in Orange County, with the first volume debuting in 1930. The publication has evolved with the times, starting as black and white newsprint broadsheet, before switching to a tabloid format with color in the 2000s, a glossy full-color magazine in 2014, and the current format —

Since 2008, we’ve been the most-awarded scholastic publication in Orange County by the National Scholastic Press Association, placing 11 times in the top 10 nationally in a variety of categories — Sports Writing, Sports Photography, Cover Design, Center Spread Design, Illustration, Cartooning, and Website. 

The Wildcat’s National Scholastic Press Association finalists since 2009-2010:

2017-2018 NSPA Best Infograph (Matthew Moon / Honorable Mention)

2016-2017 NSPA Best Infograph (Matthew Moon / 4th Place)

2016-2017 NSPA Best Illustration (Amy Yoon / Honorable Mention)

2016-2017 NSPA Best Cartoon (Deziree Cervantes / 10th Place)

2014-2015 NSPA Best Page Design (Astyr Ko / Honorable Mention)

2013-2014 NSPA Best Sports Writing (Noelle Gracia / Honorable Mention)

2012-2013 NSPA Best Sports Photo (Trent Preston / Honorable Mention) 

2012-2013 NSPA Best lllustration (Megan Moberly / Honorable Mention)

2012-2013 NSPA Best Infograph (Selina Che / 5th Place)

2010-2011 NSPA Best Page One (Deborah Kim / 2nd Place)

2009-2010 NSPA Online Pacemaker/Best Website (Chelsea Yeh / Finalist)

The Wildcat’s “Best of  SNO” winners:

“Blue Ridge fire forces evacuations” (11/13/20) by Doyon Kim and Jared Corona

“BOUSD Board of Education Seat Determined by Roll of Dice” (12/18/20) by Doyon Kim

“A Dark Day on Capitol Hill” (1/8/21) by Melissa Perez and Callie Yates

“The Lies of Diet Culture” (1/14/21) by Jasmine Youn and Karis Choi 

“Barrera (’09) Builds Bodies and Communities as Owner and CEO of Faster Fitness Gym” (2/1/21) by Doyon Kim and Karis Choi

Wildcat graduates have taken their talents to Harvard, Penn, Brown, Cornell, Columbia, Northwestern, USC’s prestigious Annenberg School of Journalism, all of the UCs, and many other top colleges and universities. A number of our graduates have pursued careers in journalism, writing for publications Travel + Leisure, People, Complex, Bustle, The Daily Californian, Daily Bruin, and The Harvard Crimson

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