Awards and Recognition

The Prospector’s print publication has won numerous local, state and national awards over its 49 years of existence.  In addition to many Golden Eagles — the top award given by the Northern Illinois Scholastic Press Association — the Prospector has received the Gold Crown from Columbia Scholastic Press Association in New York and was three times honored with the Pulitzer Prize of high school journalism, the Pacemaker, given by the National Scholastic Press Association.

 

2015-16

IHSA Journalism State

Senior Lauren Miller won the state championship in Photo Storytelling.

Junior Riley Langefeld also brought home a medal, taking fourth place in Advertising.

 

IHSA Journalism Section

Team finish: 1st place

Winning individual sectional titles and advancing to state were

Senior Caroline Binley in Copy Editing

Senior Garrett Strother in Editorial Writing

Junior Flynn Geraghty in Infographics

Also qualifying for state were:

Junior Riley Langefeld, who took third place in Advertising

Senior Lauren Miller, who took second place in Photo Story Telling

Senior Isabelle Rogers, who took third place in Review Writing

Contributing valuable team points that made the sectional championship possible were:

Junior Mike Stanford, who took fourth place in News Writing

Senior Krzys Chwala, who took fourth place in Newspaper Design

Junior Grace Berry, who took fifth place in Broadcast News

Senior Shreya Thakkar, who took fifth place in Feature Writing

Sophomore Erin Schultz, who took fifth place in Headline Writing

NSPA (Los Angeles convention)

ProspectorNow is one of 25 schools to receive the 2015 Online Pacemaker, considered the Pulitzer Prize of high school journalism. This is the first time ProspectorNow has won the award and the first time the Prospector has won in eight years.

NSPA (Orlando convention)

The National Scholastic Press Association hosts the Fall National High School Journalism Convention each year to together high school newspaper staffs from around the country. The Prospector was awarded sixth place for the Best of Show competition for an individual issue. Of the 2003 participants, 712 students were recognized for individual competitions. There were 145 Superior, 204 Excellent and 363 Honorable Mentions awards. The Prospector was represented in these awards by five staff members.

Congratulations to:

Junior Mike Stanford, excellent in newswriting

Senior Isabelle Rogers, honorable mention in review writing

Junior Diana Leane, honorable mention in news editing/headline writing

Junior Riley Langefeld, honorable mention in Press Law & Ethics

Senior Jack Gabriel, honorable mention in Broadcast Newswriting

CSPA Critiques

The Prospector and Prospectnow.com recently received the honor of being named Gold Medalist publications by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association in New York City.

CSPA Gold Circle Awards

The Prospector and prospectornow.com recently received more great recognition from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association in New York. Four members of the staff were recognized by CSPA in their annual Gold Crown Awards for excellence in journalism, both print and online.

Congratulations to:

Seniors Caroline BinleyMolly Mueller and Lauren Miller won first place in news online design website

2015 graduate Beth Clifford won first place in video PSA

Senior Lauren Miller took third place in Photo and Audio Slideshow for her boys’ volleyball story.

Senior Shreya Thakkar received a certificate of merit for her news feature “Faking the Grade.

2015 graduate Kelly Schoessling took third place in interactive graphics.

2015 graduate Beth Clifford  took second place in video commercial.

2014-15

CSPA Gold Circle Awards

Junior Caroline Binley earned honorable mention for her column “Why I’m not proud to be an American”

2014 graduate Erin McGovern earned honorable mention for her sports story: “Dynasty: Girls’ golf wins second state title in three years.”

NSPA Story of the Year

2014 graduate Erin McGovern received honorable mention for Feature Story of the Year for her story “How Soon is Too Soon?”

JEA National Write-Offs

Prospect had an incredible seven students receive individual recognition.

Senior Mary Kate Moloney received an honorable mention rating in Review Writing, placing her in the top 50 in the nation in her category.

Senior Kelly Schoessling received an honorable mention rating in Editorial Writing, placing her in the top 50 in the nation.

Junior Devin Prasad received an excellent rating in Sports Writing, placing him in the top 25 in the nation in his category.

Senior Beth Clifford received an excellent rating in Broadcast Commercial/PSA, placing her in the top four in the nation in her category.

Junior Krzys Chwala received an excellent rating in Graphic Design: Advertising, placing him in the top four in the nation in his category.

Senior Ellen Siefke brought home the week’s biggest prize, a prestigious Superior rating in News Editing/Headline Writing. Ellen was the only student to receive this rating in her category, making her the top copy editor in the nation this year.

NSPA Critiques

The Prospector recently received the honor of being named an All-American publication by the National Scholastic Association. The Prospector received that title by earning “Marks of Distinction” in four of the five categories being judged: Coverage, Writing/Editing, Photos/Graphics, and Leadership. Additionally, ProspectorNow.com also earned a mark of distinction for Coverage, marking the first time our school newspaper’s website has received such an honor.

CSPA Crown Awards

Silver Crown in Hybrid Category

CSPA Critiques

The Prospector and prospectornow.com recently received the honor of being named Gold Medalist publications by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association in New York City. To earn this honor, we were rated as “All-Columbian” in all three areas of judging: Essentials, Verbal, and Visual.

CSPA Gold Circle Awards

Junior Lauren Miller received a third place award for best “photo and audio slideshow for digital media”

Senior Kelly Schoessling received third place in the “interactive graphic for digital media” category.

Senior Beth Clifford took second place in the nation for best “video commercial for digital media.”

IHSA Journalism Section

Team finish: 2nd place

Winning individual sectional titles were:

Junior Lauren Miller in Feature Photography

Junior Devin Prasad in Yearbook Caption Writing

Sophomore Diana Leane in Yearbook Double Page Spread

Junior Molly Mueller in Sports Writing, her second-straight sectional title in this category.

Bringing home second-place finishes and also advancing to state were:

Senior Beth Clifford in Broadcast News

Senior Mary Kate Moloney in Yearbook Copy Writing

Junior Shreya Thakkar in Copy Editing

Also collecting points valuable team points for Prospect were

Junior Marci Kiszkiel and senior Amanda Eczuk, who took fourth place in Yearbook Theme Development

Junior Krzys Chwala, who took fourth place in Advertising

Junior Marci Kiszkiel, who fifth place in Editorial Cartooning

Junior Garrett Strother, who took sixth place in Review Writing

Junior Shannon Smith, who took sixth place in Info Graphics

Northern Illinois Scholastic Press Association

For the eighth time in the past nine years, the Prospector won the Golden Eagle for overall excellence and ProspectorNow.com won a silver certificate in the web contest.

Even more impressively, Prospect brought home 13 Blue Ribbons — the highest individual honor from NISPA — which shatters the old record of 8, set in 2007.

Winning blue ribbons were:

Senior Kelly Schoessling in News Writing and in Online Interactive Graphics

Junior Shreya Thakkar in Feature Writing

Junior Lauren Miller, senior Beth Clifford, and junior Shreya Thakkar in Online Breaking News

Junior Marci Kiszkiel in Column Writing

Junior Caroline Binley in Online Blogs

Senior Beth Clifford in Video Story

Sophomore Diana Leane in Individual In-Depth

Senior Peter Fusilero and junior Ryan Molini in Multimedia Package

Senior Peter Fusilero in Sports Writing

Junior Cassidy Selep in Newspaper Photography

Junior Garrett Strother in Graphics

Earning Honorable Mention Certificates were

Junior Caroline Binley in Editorial Writing

Senior Mary Kate Moloney in Review Writing

Junior Cassidy Selep in Online Photo

Junior Krzys Chwala in Ad Design

Northern Illinois Newspaper Association

Senior Aungelina Dahm won NINA Journalist of the Year

IHSA State Journalism Meet

Junior Lauren Miller led the way by taking second place in the state in Feature Photography.

Junior Molly Mueller also impressed by finishing fourth in the state in Sports Writing, the second straight year she took fourth in that category.

Also earning medals for Prospect were:

Junior Devin Prasad took fifth in Yearbook Capiton Writing

Senior Mary Kate Moloney took fifth in Yearbook Copy Writing

Senior Beth Clifford took sixth in Broadcast News

As a team, Prospect finished with 13 points, just one point out of a top-10 finish.

IJEA

ProspectorNow.com was selected as the best website in its class, marking the first time it has received a state-wide award. Additionally the Prospector finished third place for best overall newspaper, and took third place for Best Overall Design.

Individually, the following students earned recognition from IJEA:

Senior Ellen Siefke was one of 10 students named to the IJEA All-State Journalism Team.

Taking first place honors were:

Junior Cassidy Selep in Photography

Junior Elai Kobayashi-Solomon in Blogging

Taking second place were:

Junior Katy Ryan in Info Graphics

Senior Aungelina Dahm in Advertising

Finishing third were:

Junior Caroline Binley in Editorial Writing

Senior Ellen Siefke in Headline Writing

And receiving an honorable mention were:

Sophomore Mike Stanford in News Writing

Senior Peter Fusilero in Sports Writing

Junior Shannon Smith, sophomore Diana Leane, and junior Katy Ryan in Center Spread

2013-14

JEA/NSPA National Convention

Prospect had an incredible eight students receive individual recognition.

Receiving honorable mention ratings in their categories were senior Andi Hayes in Review

Writing and junior Kelly Schoessling in Editorial Writing

Receiving the second highest rating of “excellent” and placing them among the elite in the nation in their categories were junior Spencer Ball in News Writing, junior Ellen Siefke in Copy Editing, junior Peter Fusilero in Sports Writing, and senior Meghan Doyle and junior Jack McDermott in Broadcast Package.

And senior Erin McGovern brought home the biggest prize for Prospect, earning a prestigious Superior rating in Feature Writing, one of only eight students in the nation to do so in her category. This is the fourth straight year that a Prospect student has received this honor.

NISPA Conference

For the seventh time in the past eight years, the Prospector won the Golden Eagle for overall excellence.

Individually, numerous staff members were recognized for their outstanding work with Blue Ribbons, the top prize in individual categories:

Senior Andi Hayes in Editorial

Senior Rich Futo in Photography

Senior Erin McGovern in Feature Writing and Sports

Junior Kelly Schoessling in Advertising

Senior Erin McGovern, senior Nabi Dressler, senior Khrystyna Halatyma, senior Kiley Walsh, junior Peter Fusilero, junior Ellen Siefke, sophomore Molly Mueller and sophomore Devin Prasad in Team In-Depth

Also receiving honorable mention recognition were

Senior Andi Hayes in Review Writing

Senior Nabi Dressler in Graphics

Senior Kiley Walsh in Column Writing

IHSA Sectional Journalism

Prospect finished second out of 12 teams, thanks in large part to having a school-record FIVE individual sectional champions:

Junior Spencer Ball in Headline Writing

Sophomore Molly Mueller in Sports Writing

Senior Nabi Dressler in Newspaper Design

Senior Meghan Doyle in Yearbook Copy Writing

Junior Ellen Siefke in Copy Editing

Also qualifying for state were

Sophomore Krzys Chwala, who took third place in Advertising

Junior Jack McDermott, who took second place in Broadcast News

Also earning valuable team points for Prospect were

Sophomore Caroline Binley, sixth place in Info Graphics

Junior Kelly Schoessling, fifth place in News Writing

Senior Andi Hayes, fourth place in Review Writing

Junior Aungelina Dahm, fifth place in Yearbook Double-Page Design

Sophomore Veronica Holloway, fifth place in Editorial Cartooning

Junior Chris Kivlahan, sixth place in Editorial Writing

Senior Rich Futo, fourth place in Photography

IWPA

For the second year in a row, and only the fourth time ever, the Prospect won the Silver Pen Award from the Illinois Women’s Press Association, the highest award the IWPA gives.

Additionally, Prospect set a new standard by earning first-place in five individual categories, topping last year’s record-setting total by one, as well as earning recognition in 15 of the 17 categories overall.

Our first-place winners were

Senior Nabi Dressler in Feature Writing

Senior Rich Futo in Sports Photography and Graphics/Photo Illustration

Senior Khrystyna Halatyma and sophomore Shannon Smith in Single Page

Also earning recognition in the contest were

Junior Chris Kivlahan, second place in editorial writing and third place in column

Junior Aungelina Dahm and senior Khrystyna Halatyma, second place in double-truck layout

Senior Meghan Doyle, second place in Video Web News

Sophomore Lauren Miller, third place in Video Feature Story

Sophomore Lauren Miller and sophomore Devin Prasad, second place in Video Sports

Senior Erin McGovern, honorable mention in Sports Writing

Senior Andi Hayes, honorable mention in Review Writing

National Federation Of Press Women

Senior Khrystyna Halatyma and sophomore Shannon Smith took first place in the nation in Single Page Layout

Senior Rich Futo took second in the nation in Sports

Senior Rich Futo took third place in the nation in Graphic/Photo Illustration

American Scholastic Press Association (ASPA)

The Prospector was recently recognized with a first-place rating from the American Scholastic Press Association in New York, as well as getting first place in photography.

IHSA State Journalism Meet

Prospect finished with 13 team points, good for eighth place overall, and had four individuals bring home state medals.

Leading the way for Prospect was junior Ellen Siefke, who took second place in copy editing.

Senior Meghan Doyle took third place in the state in yearbook copy writing

Sophomore Molly Mueller finished fourth in sportswriting

Junior Spencer Ball took sixth place in headline writing.

IJEA Contest

The Prospector took third place overall in the annual Illinois Journalism Education Association contest, with our website, prospectornow.com, taking second place honors. The Prospector also was awarded top honors for best overall design.

Individuals who earned recognition were

Sophomore Caroline Binley, who was rated tops in the state in column writing, and also took second place in headline writing

Senior Meghan Doyle, who finished second in the state in multimedia feature

Junior Kelly Schoessling, third place in headline writing, and took both second and third place in advertising

Senior Erin McGovern, honorable mention in Sports Writing

Senior Andi Hayes, honorable mention in Editorial Writing

Senior Nabi Dressler, honorable mention in Review

Senior Rich Futo, honorable mention in

Junior Mary Kate Moloney, honorable mention in Info Graphics

Seniors Nabi Dressler and Khrystyna Halatyma, and junior Peter Fusilero, honorable mention in center-spread layout

 

2012-2013

JEA/NSPA National Convention

For the third year in a row, the Prospector placed in the Best of Show contest, taking 6th place in the nation for the overall quality of the most recent issue of the newspaper. This is the highest finish in Prospect history in this contest.

Prospect had an incredible five students receive individual recognition.

Receiving the second highest rating of “excellent” and placing among the top 20 in the nation in their categories were sophomore Aungelina Dahm in Yearbook Sports Writing and senior Miranda Holloway in News Writing.

And this was a historic performance for Prospect, as three Knights received the highest rating possible of Superior, placing them among the elite journalists in the nation.

Sophomore Peter Fusilero was one of eight students in the nation to earn a “superior” rating in sports writing, senior Kyle Brown was one of five in the nation to be named “superior” in Copy Editing/Headline Writing and senior Katie Best in Yearbook Student Life, placing her among the top eight in the nation. Incredibly, Katie also earned a superior at last year’s convention, making her the first Prospect student to be a repeat superior winner since 2007-08.

NISPA Conference

For the sixth time in the past seven years, the Prospector won the Golden Eagle for overall excellence. Individually, numerous staff members were recognized for their outstanding work with Blue Ribbons, the top prize in individual categories:

Senior Maddy Moloney for Feature Writing

Senior Ian Magnuson for Photography

Sophomore Brian Park and junior Khrystyna Halatyma for Team In-Depth

Also receiving an honorable mention award was

Senior Maggie Devereux in News Writing

IHSA Sectional Journalism Meet

At one of the most competitive sectionals in the state, Prospect finished third out of 13 teams, qualifying six individuals for state in the process.

Advancing to state are

Junior Nabi Dressler, who took second place in Newspaper Design

Sophomore Brian Park, who took third place in Broadcast News Writing

Freshman Veronica Holloway, who won the sectional title in Editorial Cartooning

Sophomore Chris Kivlahan, who won the sectional title in Editorial Writing

Senior Ian Magnuson, who won the sectional title in Photography

Senior Maddy Moloney, who took third place in Feature Writing

Also earning valuable team points for Prospect were

Senior Danielle Church took fifth place in Advertising

Sophomore Ellen Siefke took sixth place in Copy Editing

Junior Andi Hayes took sixth place in Info Graphics

Senior Miranda Holloway took sixth place in News Writing

Sophomore Peter Fusilero took fourth place in Sports Writing

Sophomore Aungelina Dahm took fourth place in Headline Writing

Junior Khrystyna Halatyma took fourth place in Yearbook Center Spread

Senior Katie Best took fifth place in Yearbook Copy Writing

IWPA

For the first time since 2010 and only the third time ever, the Prospector won the Silver Pen Award from the Illinois Women’s Press Association, the highest award the IWPA gives. Additionally, Prospect set a new standard by having four individuals recognized as having the best entry in their category. We have never had more than two in any given year. Our first-place winners were

Senior Ian Magnuson in Feature Photography

Sophomore Aungelina Dahm in Video Sports Story

Seniors Katie Best, Maggie Devereux and Kyle Brown in Single Page Layout

Junior Khrystyna Halatyma and sophomore Brian Park in Double Truck Layout

Also earning recognition in the contest were

Sophomore Brian Park — 2nd in Video Feature

Sophomore Peter Fusilero — 2nd in Video Sports Story, and honorable mention in columns

Senior Kyle Brown — 3rd in Editorial Writing

Sophomore Chris Kivlahan — 3rd in Opinion

Senior Ian Magnuson — 3rd in Graphics. Ian also took honorable mention in Sports Photo

IHSA State Journalism Meet

Junior Nabi Dressler took third place in the state in Newspaper Design

IJEA

Senior Kyle Brown, who had the best news story in the state this year

Sophomore Aungelina Dahm, who took third place for best sports story

Sophomore Chris Kivlahan, who received an honorable mention for column writing

Sophomore Ellen Siefke, who received an honorable mention for headline writing

Staff, who received second place for best front page design

Senior Maddy Moloney, junior Khrystyna Halatyma and sophomore Jack McDermott, who received honorable mention in center-spread.

 

2011-2012

National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA)

Earned rating of All-American with Five Marks of Distinction

JEA/NSPA National Convention

Most notably 2011 graduates Gina O’Neill and Megan Maughan won third place in the nation for News Story of the Year for their story “Suicide too serious for silence.”

Also, for the second year in a row, and the second time in its history, the Prospector placed in the Best of Show contest, taking 9th place in the nation for the overall quality of the most recent issue of the newspaper.

Prospect had an incredible 10 students receive individual recognition, the most in school history.

Receiving honorable mentions were seniors Heather Dove in Photoshop Art, Zak Buczinsky in Commentary Writing, Jack Mathews in Sportswriting, Jane Berry in Feature Writing, and Andrew Revord in Editorial Writing.

Amazingly, senior Maddie Conway earned an excellent rating in News Writing for the second consecutive year, placing her in the top 20 in the nation in her category. Also receiving an excellent rating were senior Alyssa Zediker in Yearbook Copy/Caption Sports Writing, placing her in the top 15 in the nation, junior Maggie Devereux in news magazine layout, placing her in the top 10 in the nation, and sophomore Meghan Doyle in Yearbook Copy/Caption Student Life, placing her in the top five in the nation.

Finally, receiving the highest rating given in write-offs — Superior — was junior Katie Best, who was one of seven people in the nation to receive that honor in Yearbook Copy/Caption Student Life. This marks the second year in a row a Prospect student has received a Superior rating and just the third time since 2008.

IJEA

Senior Maddie Conway received honorable mention in the IJEA Illinois Journalist of the Year competition.

Senior Carly Evans was named to the IJEA All-State Journalism Team.

For the first time ever, the Prospector took first place in the Illinois Journalism Education Association’s annual newspaper competition.

Earning individual recognition from IJEA were

Junior Miranda Holloway, who had the best news story in the state this year

Junior Ian Magnuson, who finished first in photography

Senior Heather Dove, who took first in graphics

Sophomore Meghan Doyle, who finished second in front-page design

Senior Carly Evans, who took third in feature

Junior Kyle Brown, who took third in review writing

NISPA

For the fifth time in the past six years, the Prospector won the Golden Eagle for overall excellence.

Individually, numerous staff members were recognized for their outstanding work with Blue Ribbons, the top prize in individual categories:

Senior Emmy Lindfors in Feature Writing and in Ad Design

Senior Jack Mathews in Column Writing

Seniors Carly Evans and Zak Buczinsky and juniors Katie Best and Maddy Maloney in Team In-Depth

Junior Ian Magnuson in Photography

Senior Heather Dove in Graphics

Also receiving honorable mention awards were

Senior Maddie Conway in Sports Writing

IWPA

Third place overall

Senior Emmy Lindfors first place for single page layout (Electric Man)

Seniors Carly Evans and Zak Buczinsky and juniors Katie Best and Maddy Moloney for Double-Truck Layout (Beyond the Diagnosis)

Also receiving recognition in this contest were

Senior Jack Mathews, second place for column writing

Senior Maddie Conway, second place for sports writing

Junior Maggie Devereux, third place for editorial writing

Junior Miranda Holloway, honorable mention for news story

American Scholastic Press Association

First Place with Special Merit

IHSA Sectional Journalism Meet

At one of the most competitive sectionals in the state, Prospect finished fifth out of 13 teams, qualifying three individuals for state in the process.

Advancing to state are

Junior Kyle Brown, who finished second in headline writing

Senior Emmy Lindfors, who finished second in Yearbook Layout

Junior Katie Best, who finished second in Yearbook Copy Writing

Amazingly, Prospect finished top six in 11 of the 16 events on the day. Earning valuable team points were

Junior Miranda Holloway, who finished fourth in Advertising

Senior Zak Buczinsky, fourth in Broadcast Newswriting

Junior Ian Magnuson, fourth in Feature Photography

Sophomore Meghan Doyle, fourth in Newspaper Design

Senior Katie Reiser, fifth in Editorial Cartooning

Senior Heather Dove, sixth in Info Graphics

Senior Tallyn Owens, sixth in Review Writing

Senior Cristina Spagnola and junior Maddy Moloney, sixth place for Yearbook Theme Development

IHSA State Meet

Junior Kyle Brown finished second in headline writing

 

2010-2011

Columbia Scholastic Press Association Gold Circle Awards

For the first time, the Prospector won three Gold Circle Awards:

Junior Maddie Conway and senior Kate Schroeder won first place in the nation for news writing for their story “Because we beLeeved”.

Senior Riley Simpson also was tops in the nation, winning a first place award for sports cartooning for his steroids drawing, and Riley also took second in the nation for his review of the classic movie “Airplane.”

JEA/NSPA National Convention

For the first time in its history, the Prospector placed in the Best of Show contest, taking 10th place in the nation for the overall quality of the most recent issue of the newspaper.

Junior Maddie Conway earned an excellent rating in News Writing, placing her in the top 40 in the nation in her category, while junior Whitney Kiepura was honored with an excellent rating in Commentary Writing, putting her in the top 20 in the nation. And senior Gina O’Neill brought home the biggest prize for Prospect, earning a prestigious Superior rating in Copy Editing, one of only six students in the nation to do so in her category.

CSPA Crown Awards

Silver Crown Winner

NSPA Journalism Honor Roll

Senior Deanna Shilkus

IWPA

Sophomore Ian Magnuson — first place for feature photography

Senior Riley Simpson — third place for cartooning

Senior Megan Maughan — second place for single-page layout

Senior Nick Stanojevic — honorable mention for sports story

NISPA

For the fourth time in the past five years, the Prospector won the Golden Eagle for overall excellence.

Individually, numerous staff members were recognized for their outstanding work with Blue Ribbons, the top prize in individual categories:

Senior Sharon Lee in News Writing

Senior Megan Maughan in Feature Writing

Senior Riley Simpson in Column Writing, Review Writing

Senior Sharon Lee, senior Kate Schroeder, junior Emmy Lindfors and sophomore Jenny Johnson in Team In-Depth

Senior Neel Thakkar in Sports Writing

Senior Deanna Shilkus in Advertising

Also receiving honorable mention recognition were

Senior Gina O’Neill in Editorial Writing

Senior Riley Simpson in Editorial Cartooning

Sophomore Ian Magnuson in Photography

IHSA Journalism Sectional

At one of the most competitive sectionals in the state, Prospect finished second as a team,

qualifying 11 individuals for state in the process, the most state qualifiers in school history.

Prospect also tied a school record by having three individual sectional champions:

Senior Megan Maughan in Feature

Junior Andrew Revord in Editorial Writing

Senior Hannah Powers and junior Carly Evans in Yearbook Theme Development

Also qualifying for state were

Junior Jane Berry, who finished second in News Broadcasting

Junior Maddie Conway, who finished second in News Writing

Junior Emmy Lindfors, who finished third in Yearbook Double-page Spread

Senior Nikki Gallup, who finished third in Editorial Cartooning

Senior Neel Thakkar, who finished third in Sports Writing

Senior Kate Schroeder, who finished third in Newspaper

Sophomore Katie Best, who finished third in Headline Writing

Also contributing valuable team points were

Senior Sharon Lee, who took fourth place in Yearbook Copy Writing

Senior Deanna Shilkus, who took fifth place in

Sophomore Ian Magnuson, who took fifth in Photography

IHSA State Journalism Meet

For an incredible third straight year, the Knights finished in the top six in the state. Prospect finished with 15 team points, good for sixth place overall.

Leading the way for Prospect was junior Maddie Conway, who won the state championship for news writing, the third year in a row PHS has had an individual state champion.

Senior Neel Thakkar was the state runner-up in sportswriting, and senior Megan Maughan finished third in the state in feature writing.

IJEA Awards

Second place in Best Overall Newspaper

Third place for best front page design

Second place for best Overall Design

Seniors Gina O’Neill and Megan Maughan — first place for best news story

Senior Megan Maughan — third place for Best Feature

Senior Neel Thakkar — third place for Best Sports Story

Senior Gina O’Neill — second place for Best Column

Senior Riley Simpson — first place for Best Cartoon

Senior Deanna Shilkus — first place for Best Advertisement

Senior Kate Schroeder named to All-State Team

Northern Illinois Newspaper Association (NINA)

Senior Gina O’Neill — named NINA Journalist of the Year

 

2009-2010

Columbia Scholastic Press Association

Gold Medalist

JEA/NSPA National Convention

Four Prospect students received the second highest rating of “excellent” in their respective categories:

Senior Mike Hammersley in copy editing, placing him in the top 10 in the nation

Junior Neel Thakkar in sports writing, putting him among the top 15 in the nation.

Senior Beth Rowe in commentary writing, placing her in the top 20 in the nation

Senior Katie Ritchie in feature writing, placing her in the top 25 in the nation.

Three other Prospector staff members received honorable mention recognition:

Junior Kate Schroeder in newspaper layout, placing her in the top 15 in the nation

Senior Karolina Chwala in advertising, placing her in the top 20 in the nation

Senior Keelan Murphy in Yearbook Copywriting: Student Life, placing her in the top 40 in the nation.

IWPA

For the first time in school history, the Prospector took first place in the Illinois Women’s Press Association annual communications contest. PHS tallied 22 points, edging second-place Lyons Township by a single point. Contributing to this honor were:

Junior Kate Schroeder, who took first place in both graphics and single page layout

Junior Neel Thakkar, who took first place in column writing and second place in sports writing

Junior Riley Simpson, who took second place in review writing

Senior Amanda Mlikan, who took third place in sports photography

Senior Beth Rowe, who took third place in feature writing

NISPA

For the third time in the past four years, the Prospector won the Golden Eagle for overall excellence.

Individually, numerous staff members were recognized for their outstanding work with Blue Ribbons, the top prize in individual categories:

Senior Katie Ritchie for both news writing and column writing

Senior Keelan Murphy for individual in-depth

Junior Neel Thakkar for sports writing

Senior Amanda Mlikan for photography

Junior Kate Schroeder for graphics

Senior Karolina Chwala for advertising

Also, receiving Honorable Mention awards were:

Senior Beth Rowe for feature writing

Senior Kelly Rose McAleer for editorial writing

Senior Keelan Murphy and juniors Mika Evans and Deanna Shilkus for team-in-depth

Junior Riley Simpson for both review writing and editorial cartooning

 

IHSA Journalism Sectional

Prospect finished fifth as a team, qualifying five individuals for state in the process.

Senior Karolina Chwala won her second consecutive sectional title in advertising.

Senior Keelan Murphy also won a sectional title in yearbook copy writing.

Joining them in Charleston this Friday will be senior Katie Ritchie, who finished third in feature writing, senior Mike Hammersley, who took third place in copy editing, and junior Riley Simpson, who finished third in headline writing.

Also contributing points to the sectional score were:

Senior Kelly Rose McAleer, who took fifth place in review writing

Junior Gina O’Neill, who finished fifth in editorial writing

Freshman Ian Magnuson, who took fifth place in feature photography

Senior Amanda Mlikan and junior Megan Maughan, who teamed up to take sixth place in yearbook theme development

IHSA State Journalism Meet

For the second-straight year, the Knights finished in the top 10 in the state. Prospect finished with 15 team points, good for sixth place overall.

Incredibly, four of Prospect’s five state qualifiers came home with medals, led by senior Keelan Murphy, who won the state title in yearbook copy writing. This is the second year in a row we have had an individual state champion.

Also leading the way for Prospect were seniors Karolina Chwala and Katie Ritchie, who both medaled at state for the second straight year. Karolina took third place in Advertising and Katie finished fourth in feature writing.

Also, senior Mike Hammersley finished fifth in Copy Editing to earn a state medal