Marist High School’s Sentinel newspaper staff wrapped up a banner year with accolades at the IHSA state competition including senior PJ Cunningham (pictured) capturing the state title in caption writing. He is the first state champion for Marist since the IHSA has offered a journalism state series. He also placed third in state in headline writing while senior Matthew Warakomski placed fourth in state in review writing. Marist finished in a three-way tie as a team for eighth place at state. The event was held virtually on April 24 with Marist journalists competing from their newspaper headquarters at the school.
Earlier in April, RedHawk journalists competed virtually in the IHSA sectional journalism competition and seven students advanced to the state finals in nine categories. This is the greatest number of RedHawks to advance to state in program history.
At the sectional level, Cunningham was a dual sectional champion in both caption writing and headline writing. Senior Grace Molenhouse was a sectional champion in advertising and took third place in editorial cartooning. Senior Julia Reedy took second place in editorial writing. Warakomski took third place in review writing. Junior Delaney Powers took third place in copy editing. Junior Billy McNicholas took third place in sports writing. Sophomore Emma Fishback took second place in copy writing. Also placing at sectionals were senior Isabella Schreck, taking fifth place in feature writing, and junior Faith Harper, taking fourth place in photo story telling. Senior Emma Jamison, a talented writer, competed in news writing. The RedHawks tied for third place as a team.
Marist’s award-winning newspaper features news, sports, culture, opinion, features, editorials, and more. Despite the challenges of the pandemic, the staff has continued to produce the paper on a regular basis.