A student delegation from Marist High School joined over 4,500 students from around the nation at the Journalism Education Association/National Scholastic Press Association (JEA) high school journalism convention in Dallas, Texas on Nov. 16-18.
At the convention, 1,587 students competed in the JEA write off contest, with five Marist journalists earning recognition for their entries.
Senior Michelle Lenz was one of four students out of a field of 94 contestants to receive a superior rating in news writing. In September, Lenz won the news writing contest at the Illinois Journalism Education Association fall conference hosted by the University of Illinois-Urbana. Two years ago, as a sophomore, Lenz took third place in editorial writing at the IHSA state finals.
“At the conference, I was able to talk to high school journalists from all over the country and compare our publications,” Lenz said. “It was inspiring to see how extensive and engaging the [scholastic] journalism community is. The JEA write-off was the largest competition I've participated in, and I'm proud that we were able to do so well."
Senior Gianna Miritello, who placed sixth in sports writing at the IHSA state finals last year, earned an excellent rating in sports writing at the convention.
Senior Stephanie Kozlowski earned an honorable mention in feature writing. Kozlowski was IHSA sectional champion in feature writing last year.
Senior Megan Alagna, last year’s IHSA sectional champion in copy editing, received an honorable mention in editing/headline writing in the JEA contest.
Senior Jocelyn Diaz took an honorable mention in editorial cartooning.
Other Marist journalists attending the convention included seniors Kathleen Wilkison, Martin Buck, Erin Hohl, Raini Eldorado, Jillian Okelman and juniors Gina Musso and Emma Brown.
All 12 students comprise the 2017-2018 editorial board of the Sentinel, Marist’s award-winning newspaper. Kozlowski serves as editor in chief.
“Each member of the staff contributes something to every issue,” Kozlowski said. “The Sentinel wouldn’t be what it is without them. Dallas was a great bonding experience for us and the skills we learned will benefit our newspaper down the line.”