DGN Journalism and Yearbook students earned several awards at the Journalism Education Association and National Scholastic Press Association (JEA/NSPA) Convention April 12-14 in San Francisco, California.
Senior Natalie White became the first student in District 99 history to be named a national runner-up for the Journalist of the Year award. This award comes weeks after Natalie was named Illinois Journalist of the Year.
Also, three students won awards in the national Write-off competitions:
- Senior Sophia Di Iorio earned the highest award, a Superior, in Editorial Cartooning
- Senior Alyssa Alberti earned the second highest award, an Excellent, for Yearbook Layout: Theme
- Senior Sidney Lee earned the second highest award, an Excellent, for Commentary Writing
“We’re incredibly proud of our journalism and yearbook students,” said English teacher and Journalism sponsor Elizabeth Levin. “It has been an honor to watch these students grow as writers and we wish them the best of luck as they continue their journalistic adventures.”
“Congratulations to our outstanding student journalists,” said Janice Schwarze, principal of North High. “The efforts of the journalism and yearbook programs are highly recognized and we’re proud to have these students represent North High on a national scale.”
The National High School Journalism Convention is a semiannual gathering of high school journalists and advisers sponsored by JEA and NSPA. The associations partner to prepare hundreds of practical and professional learning sessions, from high-profile keynotes to specific, problem-solving breakouts, hands-on workshops and discussion groups. Other convention activities include an exhibit hall with vendors who sell to student media, JEA’s on-site Write-off contests, NSPA’s Best of Show contest, receptions, awards convocations, critiques, career round tables and evening entertainment.
Learn more about the JEA/NSPA Convention and their awards on their website.