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Senior writes her way to success amongst state journalists

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Senior Danielle Eriksson (second from left) is honored at the Board of Education meeting for being named to the All-State Journalism Team.

Senior Danielle Eriksson (second from left) is honored at the Board of Education meeting for being named to the All-State Journalism Team.

Senior Danielle Eriksson (second from left) is honored at the Board of Education meeting for being named to the All-State Journalism Team.

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Similar to how athletes often receive accolades for their performances, the “most valuable players” of other activities, like journalism are also recognized.

Senior Danielle Eriksson was named to the IJEA All-State Journalism Team.

“It feels great knowing that all the work I put forth towards journalism these past four years was recognized and awarded. It reassured me that I’m not a horrible writer; I may actually have something going for me with this,” Eriksson said.

To apply for the team, Eriksson had to submit three published articles, along with essays explaining each one. In addition, she also had to write an additional essay answering questions about herself as a journalist.

This is the thirteenth year the Illinois Journalism Education Association has had the team as a way to recognize outstanding student journalists “whose leadership, energy, dedication and expertise make their publications possible but whose main contributions often occur behind the scenes.”

“I think her work shows a lot of versatility. She doesn’t stay on one genre when writing; she works on every section of the paper,” adviser Janet Levin said.

Eriksson is one of eleven members of The Correspondent to have made the team in the twelve years The Correspondent has entered students in the contest.

“I think it says a lot about our program that we have two people worthy of nominating every year and that we have had a student every year except one whose work was this outstanding,” Levin said.

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