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Marist journalists win 13 awards in state journalism competition


The Illinois Journalism Education Association announced the winners of its 2020 high school newspaper and digital media contest on May 13.  In Division 3, which includes high schools throughout the state with 1,300 to 2,000 students, the RedHawk journalists won a total of 13 awards, the only Catholic school students among this year’s Division 3 winners.

The 2019-2020 Sentinel staff was awarded second place for best print publication and earned honorable mentions for best front-page design and overall publication.

Elizabeth Delehanty ’20 won first place in the best news story category for her piece “Dean O’Neill discusses drug testing program” in the March 2020 issue.   Brendan Wolff ’21 won first place for best sports photo for his football photo in the October 2019 issue.

Second place winners included Cecelia Gibbons ’20 and Isabella Schreck ’21 in the best staff editorial category for their piece “Staring down the barrel of gun violence” in the September 2019 issue.  Peter Cunningham ’21 also took second in the best sports news story for his piece “Erin ‘goal’ Braugh: RedHawk soccer program heads to Ireland” in the February 2020 issue.

Taking 3rd place awards in the contest were Cunningham in best personality profile for his piece on Brother Hank in the October 2019 issue, Schreck in best sports feature story for her piece of Coach Jordan Vidovic in  the October 2019 issue, and Wolff in best news or feature story photo for his shot of Cardinal Cupich visiting Marist in the December 2019 issue.

Honorable mentions were awarded to Gibbons in in-depth news writing for her piece on Marist Young Adults in the October 2019 issue, Cunningham in best feature story for his piece “Top seniors share secrets of their academic success” in the May 2019 issue and Michael Egan ’20 in humorous commentary for his column “Let me check you out, please!” in the October 2019 issue.

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The Sentinel is advised by Mr. John J. Gonczy, a certified journalism educator through the Journalism Education Association who is currently serving his second term as IJEA president.  Last year, Gonczy was the first Catholic high school teacher to be inducted into the IJEA Hall of Fame and in 2018 received the Distinguished Service Award from the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) for his contributions to scholastic journalism.

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