Marist teacher reelected to lead IJEA

Gonczy_at_IPAMarist journalism teacher and newspaper adviser John J. Gonczy was reelected to a third term as president of the Illinois Journalism Education Association (IJEA) at the organization’s annual summer board meeting on Saturday, May 30.

“I am honored and proud to support scholastic media programs in Illinois along with so many other dedicated and talented colleagues across the state,” Gonczy said.  “I deeply appreciate the trust my fellow officers and board members place in me and look forward to serving IJEA again over the next year.”

Founded in 1988, IJEA supports high school media teachers and advisers and their students in a variety of ways.  The organization sponsors an annual high school media conference each fall at the University of Illinois.  IJEA also holds an annual yearbook and newspaper competition.  This year, RedHawk journalists won a total of 13 awards in the IJEA newspaper contest.  Each year, IJEA also names an Illinois Journalist of the Year and an All-State Journalism team.  Past RedHawk members of the IJEA All-State team include Solomon Davis ’16, Gianna Miritello ’18 and Emma Brown ’19.

Gonczy, a certified journalism educator through the national Journalism Education Association, also serves as secretary of the Scholastic Press Association of Chicago (SPAC).   In 2019, he was inducted into the IJEA Hall of Fame, the first Catholic high school inductee in the organization’s history.   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.  He is also a 2010 Golden Apple award finalist and completed his 25th year in Catholic education during the 2019-2020 school year.

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