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Journalism sectional champions succeed at state

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Ten Correspondent members headed down to Eastern Illinois University to compete at the 2018 IHSA journalism state finals this past weekend. They competed in various writing, design, photography, and broadcast categories.

Six finalists medaled at state. Sophomore Claire Dwyer had the highest finish for The Correspondent, taking third place in news writing.

“It feels really good to be a sophomore [and get third place]. I’m so thankful to have these experiences with the seniors as they’re leaving. Next year is going to be a little crazy so I’m glad I have this experience under my belt so I can help some of the newbies next year,” Dwyer said.

Senior Caroline Stiefbold placed fourth in headline writing, senior Joshua Irvine placed fifth in review writing, senior Jennifer Lechowski placed fifth in broadcast news, senior Kayleigh Padar placed sixth in yearbook caption writing, senior Lauren Theisen placed sixth in yearbook layout. The points added up to a sixth place team finish for The Correspondent.

Before advancing to the state finals, The Correspondent won sectionals on April 21 at Palatine High School.

Correspondent members were sectional champions in five categories. Stiefbold placed first in headline writing as well as placing first in yearbook theme development with senior Heidi Freitag.  Irvine placed first in review writing, senior Lechowski placed first in broadcast news, and Padar placed first in yearbook caption writing,

Seven members also placed in their categories.  Irvine placed third in editorial cartooning,Theisen placed second in yearbook layout and sixth in infographics, Dwyer placed third in news writing, senior Katherine Wiemold placed second in photo story telling, senior Katie Lindgren placed fifth in sports writing, junior Grace Garlick placed second in advertising, and freshman Amelia Zollner placed fourth in yearbook copy writing.

All of these finished added up to 61 points for The Correspondent, 14 points ahead of the second place team, and got them their second straight sectional championship.

“Once we got the plaque I started crying and I was like, ‘Oh my god I really wanted this.’ Last year I needed to prove we were really good and so when they did that it was like, ‘Okay great!’ I was pumped, but this year I was like, ‘Okay let’s just see what happens’ and it was like an extra gift that I just loved because I feel like this building needs to appreciate this group of kids a lot and this kind of just proved that they’re really amazing,” journalism adviser Janet Levin said.

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