Herscher High School’s newspaper, Tiger News Today (TNT), placed second in the state in their division for Best Print Publication in the 2020 IJEA Newspaper & Digital Media Contest.
TNT also received Honorable Mention for Best Overall Publication.
Their advisor, Kerri Robinson states, “I am very proud of all of them, and especially the editors - Lydia Huizenga and Joslyn Galeaz. The kids completely produce the paper; I’m just there as backup to help when needed. They get all the credit.”
Regarding individual awards, Luke Whalen placed 1st in Best Sports Commentary - Best of the best: Ranking the Super Bowl halftime shows, and received Honorable Mention for Last time of the field.
Trinity Stoneking’s artwork received several honors. Made it from the Heart was first in Best Infographic. She also received first place and Honorable Mention in the Best Illustration category for Beware of Booger and VSCO Girl, respectively, and first place for Best Editorial Cartoon with Meanwhile at HHS.
In addition, HHS garnered 3rd place for Best Overall Design (Lydia Huizenga and Joslyn Galeaz - February 2020 issue), 3rd for Best Photo Story (Delaney Feller - Then vs. Now), 3rd for Best Single-Page Story Package (Ava Haase & Harrison Giese - Happy Holloween), 3rd for Best Alternative Storytelling (Josie Mendel - Q&A couples: Putting HHS couples to the test), 3rd for Best Feature Story (Delaney Feller - Go Gold Night), Honorable Mention for Best Sports News Story (Anna Cotter & Delanie Fay - Season of success), Honorable Mention for Best Sports Feature Story (Luke Whalen - Kankakee Co-ops: Swimming and golf making waves and strides in K3), Honorable Mention for Best Serious Commentary (Kaylyn Bauer - Show choir gets a new dancer for the day: I am trying out dancing and singing at the same time!), 3rd in Best Humorous Commentary (Anna Cotter & Delanie Fay - Battle of the Bars), and Honorable Mention for Best Review (Anna Cotter & Delanie Fay - O’ Christmas Tree).
Robinson continues, “Multiple kids placed in multiple categories. They worked hard all year on not only the paper, but also the yearbook and broadcast, and when school ended abruptly in March they didn’t miss a beat and worked just as hard from home.”