Walnut Hills Wins Big at National High School Journalism Conference

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Students from Walnut Hills High School (WHHS) won first place in the National Journalism Quiz Bowl, hosted by the Journalism Education Association and National Scholastic Press Association (JEA/NSPA), at the 2018 National High School Journalism Convention held in Chicago.

Seniors Grace Sublett, Nick Robertson, Conrad Kleiner and Matthew Youkilis from Walnut Hills High School in Cincinnati took home the National Journalism Quiz Bowl trophy from the 2018 JEA/NSPA fall convention in Chicago. Photo by Allie Staub, CJE

The convention attracted more than 6,000 students from 150 schools around the country. WHHS entered two teams in the Quiz Bowl, in which the competing schools answer questions in a variety of topics, such as current events and pop culture, journalism terminology and Associated Press style, scholastic media law, civics and American government, and more. A team winning first place was the first in school history.

“I am really happy with how things turned out — I was surprised by the result but nevertheless very proud of the effort everyone put forth,” said Nick Robertson, senior at WHHS who attended the convention.

Students also participated in write-off competitions, in which they produce different works of journalism on a given topic. Some students designed infographics, while others wrote an article on demand or provide photo caption copy. Entries could be recognized as “Superior,” “Excellent” or “Honorable Mention.” Across the 16 categories WHHS entered, students won nine awards:

  • Broadcast Commentary: Honorable Mention, Conrad Kleiner
  • Graphic Design: Excellent, Delaney Owens
  • Yearbook Layout Theme: Excellent, Grace Sublett
  • Yearbook Copy/Captions Clubs: Excellent, Allyson Standley
  • Yearbook Copy/Captions Academics: Excellent, Navia Palmer
  • Press Law & Ethics: Superior, Matthew Youkilis
  • Review Writing: Honorable Mention, Ibrahim Munir
  • Sports Writing: Honorable Mention, Bobby Keegan
  • Feature Writing: Excellent, Grace Berding

“I am so very proud of the students, not only for this win, but for the work they do every single day as student journalists,” said Samantha Gerwe-Perkins, WHHS English teacher for the student journalists. “They work as a team to solve problems and publish work that is meaningful. The recognition validates all the hard work these students do.”

The students are already looking forward to defending their national title in the Quiz Bowl for the 2019 convention in Washington, D.C.

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