Members of the 2018 Student Journalist Staff represent the best student journalists from across the state of Michigan.
Members of the 2018 Student Journalist Staff represent the best student journalists from across the state of Michigan.

The Michigan Interscholastic Press Association honored 15 outstanding high school seniors as members of its 2018 Student Journalist Staff.

The students — who represent the state’s top journalists among scholastic media outlets — were honored April 23 at MIPA’s Spring Awards event 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 are accomplished journalists, but they are leaders in their communities,” said Jeremy Steele, executive director of MIPA and a faculty member in the Michigan State University School of Journalism. “Their work helps provide a voice for fellow students and brings to light the issues affecting their schools.

“Especially in today’s information age, these students provide a great civic service to all of us.”

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 2018 Student Journalist Staff are:

  • Elizabeth Bigham, of Grosse Pointe Farms, Grosse Pointe South High School, News Design (parents: Kristen and Rob Bigham) All-MIPA
  • Alisha Briley, of Lake Orion, Lake Orion High School, Yearbook (parents: Jeffery and Kimberly Briley)
  • Bianca Bucholtz, of Troy, Troy High School, News Writing & Reporting (parents: Nadia Bucholtz)
  • Fischer Genau, of Midland, Midland High School, Photojournalism (parents: Sue Genau, John Genau)
  • Ian Gilmour, of Lake Orion, Lake Orion High School, Video (parents: Marty & Patty Gilmour) All-MIPA
  • Alexander Harring, of Grosse Pointe Farms, Grosse Pointe North High School, News Writing & Reporting (parents: John Harring, Leah Panken) All-MIPA
  • Emily Houde, of Troy, Troy High School, Photojournalism (parents: Natalie Houde)
  • McKenzie Lookebill, of Grand Blanc, Fenton High School, Multiplatform (parents: Stephanie Lookebill, Earl Lookebill) All-MIPA
  • Maya Mead, of Linden, Fenton High School, Photojournalism (parents: Gretchen Mead and Brett Mead) All-MIPA
  • Hope O’Dell, of Midland, Midland High School , News Writing & Reporting (parents: Christy O’Dell, Rich O’Dell)
  • Lindsey Ramsdell, of Grosse Pointe Shores, Grosse Pointe North High School, News Design (parents: Michele Ramsdell, Craig Ramsdell)
  • Logan Smith, of Troy, Troy High School, Yearbook (parents: Jeff and Jennifer Smith) All-MIPA
  • Katelyn Stuck, of Grand Blanc , Grand Blanc High School, News Design (parents: Tricia Stuck and James Stuck)
  • Marleigh Thorn, of Augusta, Gull Lake High School, News Writing & Reporting (parents: Jan Thorn, John Thorn)
  • Zabrina Yannella, of Stockbridge, Stockbridge High School, Multiplatform (parents: Stephanie and Christopher Yannella)

In addition, MIPA submitted Grosse Pointe North High School student Alexander Harring’s portfolio to represent Michigan in the national Journalism Education Association Student Journalist of the Year content. 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.

Elizabeth Bigham, Grosse Pointe South High School
Elizabeth Bigham of Grosse Pointe South High School was selected as a member of MIPA’s 2018 Student Journalist Staff.
Elizabeth Bigham of Grosse Pointe South High School was selected as a member of MIPA’s 2018 Student Journalist Staff.
Alisha Briley, Lake Orion High School
Alisha Briley of Lake Orion High School was selected as a member of MIPA’s 2018 Student Journalist Staff.
Alisha Briley of Lake Orion High School was selected as a member of MIPA’s 2018 Student Journalist Staff.
Bianca Bucholtz, Troy High School
Bianca Bucholtz of Troy High School was selected as a member of MIPA’s 2018 Student Journalist Staff.
Bianca Bucholtz of Troy High School was selected as a member of MIPA’s 2018 Student Journalist Staff.
Fischer Genau, Midland High School
Fischer Genau of Midland High School was selected as a member of MIPA’s 2018 Student Journalist Staff.
Fischer Genau of Midland High School was selected as a member of MIPA’s 2018 Student Journalist Staff.
Ian Gilmour, Lake Orion High School
Ian Gilmour of Lake Orion High School was selected as a member of MIPA’s 2018 Student Journalist Staff.
Ian Gilmour of Lake Orion High School was selected as a member of MIPA’s 2018 Student Journalist Staff.
Alexander Harring, Grosse Pointe North High School
Alexander Harring of Grosse Pointe North High School was selected as a member of MIPA’s 2018 Student Journalist Staff.
Alexander Harring of Grosse Pointe North High School was selected as a member of MIPA’s 2018 Student Journalist Staff.
Emily Houde, Troy High School
Emily Houde of Troy High School was selected as a member of MIPA’s 2018 Student Journalist Staff.
Emily Houde of Troy High School was selected as a member of MIPA’s 2018 Student Journalist Staff.
McKenzie Lookebill, Fenton High School
McKenzie Lookebill of Fenton High School was selected as a member of MIPA’s 2018 Student Journalist Staff.
McKenzie Lookebill of Fenton High School was selected as a member of MIPA’s 2018 Student Journalist Staff.
Maya Mead, Fenton High School
Maya Mead of Fenton High School was selected as a member of MIPA’s 2018 Student Journalist Staff.
Maya Mead of Fenton High School was selected as a member of MIPA’s 2018 Student Journalist Staff.
Hope O’Dell, Fenton High School
Hope O'Dell of Midland High School was selected as a member of MIPA’s 2018 Student Journalist Staff.
Hope O'Dell of Midland High School was selected as a member of MIPA’s 2018 Student Journalist Staff.
Lindsey Ramsdell, Grosse Pointe North High School
Lindsey Ramsdell of Grosse Pointe North High School was selected as a member of MIPA’s 2018 Student Journalist Staff.
Lindsey Ramsdell of Grosse Pointe North High School was selected as a member of MIPA’s 2018 Student Journalist Staff.
Logan Smith, Troy High School
Logan Smith of Troy High School was selected as a member of MIPA’s 2018 Student Journalist Staff.
Logan Smith of Troy High School was selected as a member of MIPA’s 2018 Student Journalist Staff.
Katelyn Stuck, Grand Blanc High School
Katelyn Stuck of Grand Blanc High School was selected as a member of MIPA’s 2018 Student Journalist Staff.
Katelyn Stuck of Grand Blanc High School was selected as a member of MIPA’s 2018 Student Journalist Staff.
Marleigh Thorn, Gull Lake High School
Marleigh Thorn of Gull Lake High School was selected as a member of MIPA’s 2018 Student Journalist Staff.
Marleigh Thorn of Gull Lake High School was selected as a member of MIPA’s 2018 Student Journalist Staff.
Zabrina Yannella, Stockbridge High School
Zabrina Yannella of Stockbridge High School was selected as a member of MIPA’s 2018 Student Journalist Staff.
Zabrina Yannella of Stockbridge High School was selected as a member of MIPA’s 2018 Student Journalist Staff.

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