By Meriel Dolorico
Marking the pages of Hercor College as its first IWAG Awardee is Jayson Deslate, BSEd (English) and outgoing Editor in Chief of The Sentinel, the official publication of Hercor College.
The IWAG Award is an annual awards program by the Philippine Information Agency-Region 6 that aims to give recognition to student journalists in the region that have demonstrated passion in development journalism.
“I wasn’t expecting anything because it is the first time of the school to send a nominee for the award,” said Deslate.
Deslate’s bid for the award is the first attempt of the school to join the program. The 20-year old had to submit pertinent documents that showcased his achievements, published works, and awards related to development journalism.
“He had an advantage because he and others were cited by the USAID for creating the best climate change article for 2016,” said The Senitnel Moderator, Kit Pabiona.
Additionally, Deslate also has been a representative of the school in various competitions.