PATHFINDER BRIANNA TAKES 1st PLACE

Communications category champ

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Jay Class

‘THE CHIEF’: Brianna Luberisse showed again that she is elite, winning the $4,000 Pathfinder Communications Award.

Jay Class, Staff Writer

Brianna Luberisse capped her unprecedented Hurricane career by taking 1st Place honors in the Communications category of the 37th annual Pathfinder Awards on Wednesday.

“Thank you,” Luberisse said in a message to Inlet Grove staff, “for allowing me to explore all my best abilities and become the leader I am today. Without you this Pathfinders Scholarship, wouldn’t be possible.”

Gabriella McDermott also was a Sports category nominee in the prestigious program, of which HurricanesΒ  Pathfinder coordinator Mr. Hanif likes to say, “Being nominated means you’re already a winner. It empowers your resume forever.”

Luberisse’s 1st Place feat earned her a $4,000 scholarship. Her accomplishment in the highly competitive program also was an historic first for Inlet Grove High School.

“This recognition did not happen by chance,” said Principal Mr. Lopez.Β  “It is the product of hard work, dedication and talent.”

Since the first weeks of her freshman year, Hurricanes Editor-in-Chief Luberisse with her laptop and camera has reported on countless activities in and outside of school, while leading the GroveWatch.com, Forecast magazine, and Yearbook staffs.

Throughout her illustrious Cane career, Luberisse herself covered everything from the annual Showcase of Schools, the opening of the Reading Room, football games, Medical Symposiums, Car Shows, cooking contests, fashion shows and the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. scholarship awards breakfast.

Along the way Brianna not only amassed skills in TV and Film Production, Graphic Arts, and Web Design from the rest of the Multimedia Academy. She also earned multiple personal awards ranging from community service to photography. Meanwhile, her student publications consistently earned countywide Journalism honors.

Each year Luberisse led her teams to the Palm Beach Post High School Newspaper Workshops and High School Journalism Awards luncheons, as well as Florida Scholastic Press Association conferences, multimedia conferences, and last summer as volunteers during the National Association of Black Journalists Convention.

She also dutifully covered her fellow Canes’ participation in the Pathfinder Awards competition each year. This year, however, Luberisse becameΒ  the subject of her own Pathfinders success story.

“Her record is exhaustive, her possibilities endless,” the announcer quoted from Brianna”s adviser recommendation during the virtual awards ceremony that the corona pandemic banished online from its normal Kravis Center venue.

In her own comments to Inlet Grove staff, Luberisse said, “Going to the Pathfinders Ceremony three years in a row and then winning first place in Communications, you can say I didn’t see this coming. I sat there on my living room couch, when they called my name, head in hand and tears running down my cheeks from great appreciation and gratitude.”

Luberisse now looks forward to attending Morgan State University in Baltimore, Md., where she was hosted by the dean and professor of the School of Journalism & Global Communications during their Homecoming Weekend in October. She has received an MSU scholarship as well.

But the Senior Class president has a few more Cane-tributions coming before she leaves, including her address during the school’s Virtual Graduation on May 28.

“This is not goodbye but a see you later,” said Luberisse while expressing her gratitude.

“A shout-out to the teachers and administrators that supported Brianna’s efforts!” said Canes Media Specialist Mrs. Bell in a message to the staff.

“It is a good day to be a Hurricane,” added Principal Lopez. “Go Brianna! Go Multimedia Academy and Go Canes!”

The Palm Beach Post’s 2020 Pathfinder Awards news report and the video are here. Luberisse’s winning announcement comes after the 26-minute mark.

In addition, the 2020 Pathfinder Awards program brochure is here; with McDermott on Page E6, and Luberisse on Page E20.