Jacob Danek, Laingsburg High School
Nathan Dreyer, Hamilton High School
Landon Hudson, Grand Haven High School
Anna Laffrey, East Grand Rapids High School
Jennifer Maiorana, Grosse Pointe South High School
Alexis Megdanoff, Fenton High School
Erin Mitchell, Troy High School
Madison O’Connor, Mason High School
Megan Pisarcyk, H. H. Dow High School
Julia Quinn, Midland High School
Emiliana Renuart, Gull Lake High School
Atheena Schnepp, Grand Blanc High School
Griffin Stroin, Lake Orion High School
Anushri Subramanian, Grosse Pointe North High School
Robert Swetlic, South Lake High School
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The Michigan Interscholastic Press Association honored 15 outstanding high school seniors as members of its 2016 Student Journalist Staff.
The students — who represent the state’s top journalists among scholastic media outlets — were honored April 21 at MIPA’s Spring Awards and On-Site Contests at the Lansing Center in Lansing.
Graduating seniors chosen for the Student Journalist Staff submit a portfolio of their work that is judged by a committee of student media advisers.
“These students not only excel in journalism, but they are leaders in their schools and communities,” said Jeremy Steele, executive director of MIPA and a faculty member in the Michigan State University School of Journalism. “The kind of hands-on work these students are doing now in their journalism and media classes ensures will shape them for the rest of their lives.
“Regardless of their career paths, journalism is uniquely positioned to prepare students to be college- and career-ready thanks to its practical application of writing skills, strong research skills, real-world use of technology and civic engagement.”
MIPA also recognized six members of the Student Journalist Staff as All-MIPA Award recipients, the organization’s highest honor for student journalists. These journalists represent the top students in their field for News Design, News Writing & Reporting, Photojournalism, Video, Yearbook and Multiplatform journalism.
Members of the 2016 Student Journalist Staff are:
- Jacob Danek, of Laingsburg, Laingsburg High School, Photojournalism (parents: Scott and Jill Danek)
- Nathan Dreyer, of Holland, Hamilton High School, Multiplatform (parents: Steve and Joni Dreyer)
- Landon Hudson, of Grand Haven, Grand Haven High School, News Writing & Reporting (parents: Kathleen Hudson and Arthur Hudson Jr.)
- Anna Laffrey, of East Grand Rapids, East Grand Rapids High School, Multiplatform, All-MIPA (parents: Susan and Brad Laffrey)
- Jennifer Maiorana, of Grosse Pointe Farms, Grosse Pointe South High School, News Writing & Reporting, All-MIPA (parent: Lisa Maiorana)
- Alexis Megdanoff, of Fenton, Fenton High School, News Writing & Reporting (parents: Chris and Shelly Megdanoff)
- Erin Mitchell, of Troy, Troy High School, Yearbook (parents: Neil and Donna Mitchell)
- Madison O’Connor, of Mason, Mason High School, News Writing & Reporting (parents: Patrick and Lisa O’Connor)
- Megan Pisarcyk, of Midland, H. H. Dow High School, News Writing & Reporting (parents: Michael and Jennifer Pisarczyk)
- Julia Quinn, of Midland, Midland High School, Photojournalism, All-MIPA (parents: Lisa Quinn and Michael Quinn)
- Emiliana Renuart, of Richland, Gull Lake High School, News Writing & Reporting (parents: Tom and Stephanie Renuart)
- Atheena Schnepp, of Grand Blanc, Grand Blanc High School, Yearbook, All-MIPA (parent: Leslie Schnepp)
- Griffin Stroin, of Lake Orion, Lake Orion High School, Video, All-MIPA (parents: Jayne and Tom Stroin)
- Anushri Subramanian, of Grosse Pointe Woods, Grosse Pointe North High School, News Writing & Reporting (parents: Chandrika Iyer and Balaji Subramaniam)
- Robert Swetlic, of St. Clair Shores, South Lake High School, News Design, All-MIPA (parent: Julie Magee)
In addition, MIPA submitted East Grand Rapids High School student Anna Laffrey’s portfolio to represent Michigan in the national Journalism Education Association Student Journalist of the Year content, where she was named one of six runners up. Each state can submit the portfolio of one student journalist to the prestigious contest.
ABOUT THE MICHIGAN INTERSCHOLASTIC PRESS ASSOCIATION
Founded in 1921 and housed in the Michigan State University School of Journalism, the Michigan Interscholastic Press Association is a nonprofit organization composed of scholastic journalism teachers and publications advisers and their students. MIPA is committed to promoting and recognizing excellence in scholastic journalism at all levels through education, training and support of student journalists and their advisers.