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Journalism Students Win Sectionals In Time For State

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Winners with their medals.

Winners with their medals.

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Winners with their medals.

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Students from Taft’s Journalism Programs compete in the annual Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Sectional Journalism Competition.

Seven students from Taft’s Newspaper or Yearbook programs headed south to Argo Community High School in Summit, IL to compete against other high schools. The competition commenced with competitions in the morning for the various events. After the events was the award ceremony which was in the school’s auditorium. The IHSA is an organization that governs the equitable participation in interscholastic athletics and activities that enrich the educational experience.

The IHSA Journalism Competition is a statewide competition that this year began with seven different sectional competition locations. Each location students from the various high schools had seventeen events ranging from news writing to photography. All of the students work was done onsite under a deadline pressure of usually 90 minutes; and after the judges would assess the work.

“I was very surprised with the results, honestly I didn’t think I would be mentioned for the copy editing. This was due to the fact that when I saw the other students I was competing against they had brought A.P. books and looked extremely prepared while I just had a pencil. So it was nice to be rewarded for that event, and now I get the chance to compete in State where I know I can do better,” said Column Editor, Theresa Teresof.

The top six winners in each event won state medals. The following students won awards at the IHSA Competition:

Senior Meghan Kelly won 2nd place in Headline Writing, and won 5th place in Newspaper design.

Senior Theresa Teresof won 3rd place in Copy Editing, and won 6th place in Editorial Writing.

Senior Rachelle Mercado won 3rd in Sports Writing.

Senior Kaela Gutierrez won 6th in News Writing.

Seniors Caroline Young and Ariela Palomino won 6th place in Yearbook Theme Development.

“I’m really proud. I’m really excited because I think that everyone can do well in the final,”  said Journalism Advisor at Taft, John Tsarouchas.

Those who won an award in the top three of that event from IHSA Sectional Journalism Competition will be competing again, April 27th, in the State Final Competition at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston.

 

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