The Sentinel


As the school newspaper, The Sentinel seeks to present the student body with current and thoughtful articles regarding school, local, and world events. The Sentinel is a student run newspaper which combines the talents of its staff to produce editions that meet the highest standards of scholastic print media.  The Sentinel’s staff are enrolled in the Journalism II course.  Students prepare for participation on the newspaper by enrolling in Journalism 1.  Underclassmen who are interested in the academic field of journalism and wish to enroll in the class as a junior or senior are encouraged to participate in the club.

Last year (2015-2016), senior Solomon Davis was named the 2016 Chicago High School Journalist of the Year by the McCormick Foundation and the Scholastic Press Association of Chicago.  Davis was also one of 15 students from Illinois named to the Illinois Journalism Education Association (IJEA) 2016 All-State Journalism Team.  At the IHSA sectional journalism competition, he placed fifth in feature writing.  He has won numerous other awards this year for his writing skills from the IJEA and McCormick Foundation.

Seniors Kara Keating, Taylor Allison, Caroline Roeper, Miranda Insley and junior Faith Laughran joined Davis to form the Sentinel staff this school year.  Each of the six staff members won awards for writing this year from the McCormick Foundation, IJEA, American Scholastic Press Association and/or the Illinois Women’s Press Association.

Sophomore Michelle Lenz took 3rd place in editorial writing this year at the IHSA state journalism finals.  Lenz was the only sophomore in a field of 15 seniors and 5 juniors to compete in editorial writing at state this year.

Also advancing to state this year from sectionals were senior Kara Keating (sports writing) and junior Faith Laughran (copy editing).

Since 2011, a total of 16 RedHawk journalists have advanced to the IHSA state finals.

Junior Marina Mosquera won an outstanding achievement award for opinion writing from the American Scholastic Press Association, the only student from Illinois to be recognized in this category by the ASPA this year.

This year, the Sentinel was also recognized for excellence, winning awards at the local, state and national levels from the McCormick Foundation, IJEA and the ASPA. 

The Sentinel is advised by Mr. John J. Gonczy, who is a certified journalism educator through the Journalism Education Association (JEA).  Gonczy is also a member of the board of the IJEA and serves on the IHSA journalism advisory committee.  In 2005, he received the JEA’s “Rising Star Award” for excellence in advising, the only Catholic high school teacher in the nation to win the honor that year.

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