2014 NINA scholarship recipients
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The Northern Illinois Newspaper Association honored three outstanding student journalists this spring in the association’s 17th annual Northern Illinois High School Journalist of the Year scholarship competition.
Oswego High School
NINA judges selected Dutton as the association’s first place scholarship winner based in part on her work as a reporter and assistant editor of the Panther Paw, the Oswego High School student newspaper.
In addition, the judges took note of Dutton’s work as a student columnist for the Ledger-Sentinel, community newspaper for the Oswego-Montgomery area.
The judges were especially impressed with the professional quality of Dutton’s writing and reporting.
Oswego High School journalism teacher Erica Aceret described Dutton as “reliable, dedicated and eternally upbeat”…with a “strong work ethic, and ability to collaborate with and lead her peers.”
As a student journalist working on the Panther Paw for the past three years, Dutton said the journalism lab at OHS became a second home as she learned “the ins and outs of writing, editing and publishing a newspaper at the most basic level.” However, she described her internship as a student columnist for the Ledger-Sentinel as her greatest experience to date. Dutton explained, “Writing my own student column every other week has given me a voice within the community and has reinforced my passion for the career.”
As a student journalist, Dutton said she has learned that she is “capable of giving a voice to those who cannot do so, as well as to bring a light to unrecognized groups.”
Dutton plans to study journalism while working on her associate’s degree at Waubonsee Community College over the next two years. She then plans to continue her journalism major at DePaul. University.
Glenbrook South High School
NINA judges awarded Jacobs a second place scholarship based on her work over the past four years as a reporter and, most recently, as editor-in-chief of the Glenbrook South High School student newspaper, The Oracle.
As editor this past year, Jacobs oversaw a staff of 75 students. Marshall Harris, faculty adviser to The Oracle, said Jacobs handled her responsibilities as editor brilliantly. He explained that Jacobs led the staff with a “perfect blend of example, nurturing, and, when necessary, blunt constructive criticism.”
NINA judges were particularly impressed with Jacobs writing and layout/design work.
Jacobs plans to continue her journalism education at Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism this fall.
Lane Tech College Prep
Scholarship: $300, plus $50 from an anonymous donor
Post was selected by NINA judges for a third place scholarship based on his work as editor-in-chief of “The Warrior,” Lane Tech’s student newspaper and as volunteer with a Young Chicago Authors (YCA) program called “Division Street.”
Post described his work as editor as a great opportunity and added, “To me writing for the school newspaper is one of the most rewarding high school experiences a student can have. So my plan is to take that experience with me to college.”
Through a paid internship with the YCA, Post noted he worked more with photography, videography and social media websites. He said, “Though I was dabbling in what were new media for mew, I was still talking to people, uncovering their stories and reporting them to an audience.”
Post plans to major in journalism at the University of Illinois.
He added, “Journalism has taught me to empower myself through knowledge and writing, invaluable skills to have as I move into the next stages of my life.”
2013 NINA scholarship recipients
The Northern Illinois Newspaper Association honored three outstanding student journalists this 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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