2013 NINA scholarship recipients
The Northern Illinois Newspaper Association honored three outstanding student journalists this past spring in the association’s 16th annual Northern Illinois High School Journalist of the Year scholarship competition.
Joshua Rosenblat, a graduate of Deerfield High School, was this year’s first place winner and Northern Illinois High School Journalist of the Year.
Second place honors went to Stephanie Drucker, a graduate of Nile North High School, while Megan Jones, a graduate of Wheeling High School, earned the third place award.
NINA Board President Larry Lough attended Deerfield High School’s Spring Honors Night on May 22 to present a plaque and scholarship check for $1,000 to Rosenblat.
In addition to receiving the $1,000 from NINA, Rosenblat received awards from Quill and Scroll Writing Contest – National Winner, Feature Writing; Northern Illinois Scholastic Press – Blue Ribbon Award, Best Feature Writing; Illinois Women’s Press Association High School Competition – First Place, Opinion Column; Illinois Journalism Education Association – First Place, Best Feature Story; Second Place, Best Sports Story.
In selecting Rosenblat for the first place award, NINA judges noted the professional quality of his writing.
Rosenblat served as sports editor and columnist at “Deerprints,” the Deerfield High School student newspaper. Also while in high school, he served as a contributing writer for “Bleacher Report,” an online publication.
He is currently attending the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.
For her second place award, NINA awarded Drucker a scholarship totaling $500 and a plaque.
NINA judges selected Drucker for an award based on her work as editor-in-chief at the Nile North High School’s student newspaper. As editor, Drucker effectively managed a staff of 15 students and oversaw the start-up of the paper’s online edition. In addition to her work on her school newspaper, Drucker also gained experience by writing for the Chicago Tribune’s teen publication, “The Mash.”
Drucker is now continuing her journalism education at the University of Illinois in Champaign.
Jones received a $300 scholarship and a plaque from NINA for her third place award.
Jones was chosen for a third place award based upon her work as editor-in-chief the Wheeling High School newspaper, the “Spokesman” and as a news reporter for her local community newspaper, the Journal & Topics.
Jones is majoring in journalism at the University of Illinois in Champaign.
NINA awarded a total of $1,800 in scholarships in the 2013 contest.
The annual scholarship competition is open to all graduating high school seniors living in northern Illinois and recognizes outstanding achievement by high school students in the field of print and/or online journalism.
NINA has received more than 550 scholarship applications and awarded more than $24,000 in scholarships over the past 16 years.
Revenues for the scholarship program come from NINA member dues and proceeds from NINA training seminars and programs.
John Etheredge, NINA scholarship coordinator, said he and other scholarship judges look forward to examining the students’ portfolios each spring.
“As an organization, NINA is proud to be able to help these students further their journalism education at the college level,” he said. “We look forward to seeing these students in our newsrooms in the future.”
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