The Sentinel



Entering its 54th year of publication, 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. 

During the 2016-2017 school year, the Sentinel earned national, state and local awards for excellence, including a first place from the American Scholastic Press Association, a first-place for front-page design from the Illinois Journalism Education Association and excellent achievement awards for layout and overall publication from the Scholastic Press Association of Chicago.

Three juniors emerged from the 2017 IHSA sectionals as champions, including junior Stephanie Kozlowski in feature writing, junior Megan Alagna in copy editing and junior Marie Weber in photo story telling.  Junior Gianna Miritello placed 3rd in sports writing and went on to take 6th place at state.  Junior Michelle Lenz placed 5th in editorial writing and 6th in review writing at sectionals, while junior Kathleen Wilkison placed 5th in news writing and junior Jocelyn Diaz placed 6th in editorial cartooning.

Since 2011, a total of 20 RedHawk journalists have advanced to the IHSA journalism state final competition.

A number of RedHawk journalists have also won or placed in competitions hosted throughout the school year by the IJEA, SPAC and the Illinois Women’s Press Association.

Solomon Davis ‘16 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. 

The Sentinel is advised by Mr. John J. Gonczy, who is a certified journalism educator through the Journalism Education Association (JEA).  Gonczy is also vice president of the IJEA, past president and current secretary of the Scholastic Press Association of Chicago and a member of the IHSA journalism advisory committee.  In 2005, Gonczy 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.  Gonczy is also a 2010 Golden Apple award finalist.

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December 1967