The Michigan Interscholastic Press Association honored 15 outstanding high school seniors as members of its 2019 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 are not only highly skilled journalists, but 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. “Their work helps provide a voice for fellow students and helps all of us better understand the issues facing today’s youth.”
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 2019 Student Journalist Staff are:
- Ali Albee, of Grand Blanc, Grand Blanc High School, Photojournalism (parents: Dave Albee, Nicole Albee)
- Ellie Bennett, of Fenton, Fenton High School, News Design (parents: Christina Cyrulewski and John Bennett)
- Elizabeth Cheswick, of Grand Blanc, Grand Blanc High School, Yearbook (parents: Bill and Julie Cheswick) All-MIPA
- Alyssa Czech, of Grosse Pointe Farms, Grosse Pointe South High School, News Writing & Reporting (parents: Cynthia Czech and Robert Czech)
- Adrian Doan, of Grosse Pointe Park, Grosse Pointe South High School, News Design (parents: Jeff Doan, Jessie Doan)
- Madison Echlin, of Ann Arbor, Huron High School, Yearbook (parents: Kimberly Dannels/Dennis Echlin)
- Jenna Gaylord, of Lake Orion, Lake Orion High School, Video (parents: Kimberly & Mark Gaylord)
- Jack Harrison, of Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor Huron High School, News Writing & Reporting (parents: Lori and Timothy Harrison) All-MIPA
- Ava Millman, of Ann Arbor, Community High School, News Writing & Reporting (parents: Karen and Darren Millman)
- Jessilyn Rockhold, of Hamilton, Hamilton High School, Photojournalism (parents: Blaine & Jamie Rockhold) All-MIPA
- William Henry Schirmer, of Ann Arbor, Community High School, News Design (parents: Mark and Tamara Schirmer) All-MIPA
- Annie Smuts, of Troy, Troy High School, News Writing & Reporting (parents: Kris and Mike Smuts)
- Cameon Wade, of Troy, Troy Athens, Video (parents: James wade) All-MIPA
- Madison Wheeler, of Fenton, Fenton High School, Multiplatform (parents: Eric and Kristie Wheeler)
- Audrey Whitaker, of Grosse Pointe Park, Grosse Pointe South High School, Multiplatform (parents: Amy and Gary Whitaker) All-MIPA
In addition, MIPA submitted Grosse Pointe South High School student Audrey Whitaker’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.
Ali Albee, Grand Blanc High School
Ellie Bennett, Fenton High School
Elizabeth Cheswick, Grand Blanc High School
AlyssaCzech, Grosse Pointe South High School
Adrian Doan, Grosse Pointe South High School
Madison Echlin, Ann Arbor Huron High School
Jenna Gaylord, Lake Orion High School
Jack Harrison, Ann Arbor Huron High School
Ava Millman, Ann Arbor Community High School
Jessilyn Rockhold, Hamilton High School
William Henry Schirmer, Ann Arbor Community High School
Annie Smuts, Troy High School
Cameon Wade, Troy Athens High School
Madison Wheeler, Fenton High School
Audrey Whitaker, Grosse Pointe South High School
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