The College of Journalism and Communications at the University of Florida is the sponsoring institution for FSPA, housing the FSPA office and providing a portion of faculty member’s time to serve as executive director. Adjunct professor Wayne Garcia has served as the FSPA’s executive director since 2009, bringing more than 29 years of award-winning newspaper and education experience to the job.
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The membership vote on a president and vice president at the convention business meeting. These officers serve two-year terms. The past president then serves a two-year term on the board. Presidential and vice presidential elections are held in odd-numbered years, so the next election will be held at the 2013 convention.
President – Ms. Colleen Bennett
Oak Ridge High School
Vice President – Mr. Brit Taylor
Hagerty High School
Past President – Ms. Jill Maassen
DeSoto High School
The seven district directors serve two-year terms, with elections on odd-numbered years for odd-numbered districts and even-numbered years for even-numbered districts. Elections are held during the advisers’ business meetings at the fall district workshops. Any FSPA-member adviser may serve as district director.
District 1 – Ms. Hilary Sintes
Choctowatchee High School
Fort Walton Beach, FL
District 2 – Ms. Julie Mancini
Dunnellon High School
District 3 – Co-Directors Mr. Kevin Patterson and Ms. Jennifer Newton
District 4 – Ms. Ashley Clark
East Bay High School
District 5 – Vacant
District 6 – Co-Directors Elizabeth Cardenas and Kristina Garcia
Felix Varela Sr. High School
District 7 – Ms. Melissa Falkowski
Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School
2012-13 Student Leadership
Leadership is chosen from among the seven student representatives from the past convention to help run to upcoming one:
Chairwoman – Millie Rosasco, West Shore Jr/Sr High School (District 3)
Vice Chairman – James McAndrew, Choctawhatchee High School (District 1)
2012-2013 Student Representatives
The seven student representatives serve one-year terms, and are elected at the fall district workshops and hold office through the next fall’s workshop. To be eligible for candidacy, a student must be a junior and on an FSPA-member publication.
District 1 - Austin Angerman, Choctawhatchee High School
District 2 - Kayla McMann, Dunnellon High School
District 3 - Lexi Rossow, Hagerty High School
District 4 – Liz Tsourakis, Hillsborough High School
District 5 – vacant
District 6 - Clarissa Buch, Dr. Michael Krop Senior High School
District 7 - Melissa Bosem – American Heritage School – Plantation