Strong Performance At Sectional Sends Several Spartan Journalists To State


Last weekend, the journalism team competed in the Argo Sectional competition and placed fifth overall. The Spartans had a competitor place in the Top 6 for 11 of the 17 events. The result is that several students are heading to Eastern Illinois University this Friday for the Illinois High School Association Journalism State Finals in Charleston.

In fact, a few Spartans even won the sectional championship. Nevin Abdelghani and Pamela Urchel teamed up to take first place in the Yearbook Theme category, while Jacob Luzadder won a sectional title in Infographics. All three of these students will lead the Spartans at state.

“We had some strong returning seniors, but we knew we needed to fill a lot of positions,” said coach Patrick DiFilippo. “We made sure to get this team organized early in the year. As we were working with these students, we realized that they had a lot of potential to gain some significant points at the sectional. Also, we want to give a special shout out to Dan Kenny for preparing Jacob Luzadder, Mia Menzel and Alex Demas through their graphic design work.

“Hopefully, we can continue to improve and make it interesting at the IHSA State Finals at Eastern Illinois University on Friday.”

Other Spartans advancing to state include Katie Bryne, who took third in Advertising, Cassidy McCormick, who was second in Editorial Cartooning, Mia Menzel with a second place in Newspaper Design, and Alex Demas with a second place in Yearbook Layout.

Other Spartans, who scored in the Top 6 of their specific events and added team points to the overall score were Jules Rollberg (Feature Writing), Maria Villagomez (News Writing), Ally Niedospial (Review Writing), Brenda Serna (Photo Story Telling), and Anna Komperda (Yearbook caption Writing).

In addition, Salaam Khater, Samantha Welninski, and Marissa Perales will compete at state in a TV News Broadcast pilot event.

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