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North student Lauren Koeppe’s flag football photograph is one of two on-site photo winners at the Michigan Interscholastic Press Association conference. Breann Reveley’s pep rally photo also won. Photo by Lauren Koeppe
May 09, 2013
Journalism students at Grosse Pointe North and South high schools raked in a series of individual and overall publication awards recently at both state and national competitions.

At the Michigan Interscholastic Press Association conference, North’s “North Pointe” and South’s “Tower” student newspapers each received the Spartan Award, MIPA’s highest honor for student media outlets.


Only 14 newspapers earned the distinction.

In regard to the “Tower” newspaper, the judge said, “Fabulous job! This is one of the best student publications I’ve had the pleasure to judge in several states. You are a very professional staff. Keep up the great work.”

Additionally, for overall publications, North’s “Valhalla” yearbook and South’s “towerpulse.com” earned gold awards.

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Individual award recipients are as follows:

For North, “Valhalla” staff, third place in yearbook headline writing, honorable mention in yearbook people spread and honorable mention in yearbook index; TaTyana Terry, Dalisha Jones and Avory Anderson, honorable mention in yearbook advertising spread; Kelsey Richards, Colleen Maher, Amy Zaranek and Hailey Ferguson, honorable mention in yearbook opening and closing spreads and honorable mention in yearbook division page; “North Pointe” staff, honorable mention in newspaper editorial, honorable mention in newspaper pro/con editorial columns, honorable mention in newspaper front page, newspaper style, honorable mention in newspaper feature page/spread and first place in newspaper feature page/spread; Emma Ockerman, second place in newspaper feature column and honorable mention in newspaper human interest feature; Jordan Radke, honorable mention in newspaper feature column; Lauren Semack and Libby Sumnik, second place in newspaper informative feature; Izzy Ellery, honorable mention in newspaper human interest feature; Sean O’Melia, honorable mention in newspaper sports feature story; Emma Huellmantel, first place in newspaper environmental portrait and honorable mention in newspaper front page, magazine style; and Jordan Radke and Huellmantel, first place in newspaper entertainment page/spread.

A few North students earned on-site contest awards as well. They are: Breann Reveley, first place in student life photo; Lauren Koeppe, honorable mention in sports photo; Radke and Audrey Kam, first place in editorial writing; and Jacob Barry, third place in feature writing.

South individual award-winners include: Harrison Krasner and Neala Berkowski, honorable mention in newspaper pro/con editorial columns; Hannah Ayrault, third place in newspaper feature column; Arianna Dermanulian, honorable mention in newspaper personality profile; Annabel Ames, third place in newspaper diversity coverage and second place in newspaper sports feature story; Sydney Keller, honorable mention in newspaper diversity coverage, honorable mention in newspaper sports news story, honorable mention in newspaper sports feature story, second place in newspaper illustration and third place in newspaper front page/newspaper style; Alex Knuth, honorable mention in newspaper alternative story form and first place in newspaper sports feature photo; Klara Gellci, honorable mention in newspaper environmental, health or science coverage; Christy Flom, second place in newspaper sports column; Harrison Knuth, first place in newspaper news/feature photo; Harrison Krasner in newspaper sports action photo; Luke Kirtley, second place in newspaper environmental portrait; Grace Martinez, first and second place in newspaper editorial cartoon; Jacqueline Francis, Tori Taylor and Alex Knuth, third place in newspaper information graphic; Tori Taylor, honorable mention in newspaper information graphic; Megan Fleming and Neala Berkowski, first place in newspaper story package and second place in newspaper feature page spread; Meg Phillips, third place and honorable mention in newspaper editorial-opinion page/spread; Becky Weiland, two honorable mentions in newspaper sports page spread; Berkowski, honorable mention in newspaper news page/spread; Fleming, honorable mention in newspaper news page/spread; and Sam Metry, first place in newspaper editorial.

On a national level, at the National Scholastic Press Association’s Spring Convention in San Francisco, Calif., “North Pointe” earned third place in the Best of Show category, and Jessica Gabel and Bianca Dean received individual on-site write-off awards in yearbook copy/caption writing for student life and yearbook copy/caption writing for clubs, respectively.

And from Quill and Scroll, of the University of Iowa, five South students earned honors in the International Writing and Photo Contest. Annabel Ames, Klara Gellci, Thomas Keating, Grace Martinez and Price Zimmer were all recognized.

They are now able to apply for scholarships in journalism. Scholarships range from $500 to $1,500.

While current students collected an abundance of awards, a former South student and “Tower” editor did as well. Ben Harwood, son of former South secretary Tudi Harwood, won the prestigious Golden Pen from MIPA, the highest honor for a publication adviser.

According to “Tower” advisor Jeff Nardone, Harwood, now the newspaper, website and yearbook advisor at Birmingham Seaholm High School, credited much of his success to his start at South.


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