Making our mark in any medium... the official student news of Normal Community High School

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Making our mark in any medium... the official student news of Normal Community High School

Inkspot

Making our mark in any medium... the official student news of Normal Community High School

Inkspot

Awards and Recognition

IHSA All-State Journalism Team

Olivia Plangger – 2021

Reid Watkins – 2020

Evie Snoeyink – 2019

Melissa Schill – 2018


JEA National Write-offs

2019

Evie Snoeyink – Feature Writing – Honorable Mention

Abby Kimball – Newswriting – Honorable Mention

Kim Halm – Commentary Writing – Honorable Mention


IHSA State Journalism Contest

2021

Natalie Maloy – Broadcast News – 3rd place

2019

Shae Simmons & Ben Guo – Video News – 6th place

2018

Katie Fata – Advertising – 1st place – State Champion

Katie Fata – Editorial Cartooning – 1st place – State Champion

Keyairah Sinclair – Headline Writing – 5th place

Team Finish – 14 points – 5th place 


IHSA Sectional Journalism Contest

2021

Eli Schneider – Headline Writing – 6th place

Olivia Plangger – Feature Writing – 5th place

Eli Schneider – Infographics – 5th place

Olivia Plangger – Newspaper Design – 3rd place*

Lauren Cutler – Editorial Cartooning – 2nd place*

Jonah Kramer –  News Writing – 2nd place*

Natalie Maloy – Broadcast News – 1st place*

Charlotte Calmes – Editorial Writing – 1st place*

Nayonika Banerjee – Review Writing – 1st place* 

Jonah Kramer – Sports Writing – 1st place*

*State Qualifier

Team Finish – 44 points – 4th place

2019

Reid Watkins – Advertising – 6th place

Sydney Franklin – Newspaper Design – 6th place

Evie Snoeyink – Feature Writing – 5th place

Evie Snoeyink – News Writing – 5th place

Kim Halm – Editorial Writing – 5th place

Sydney Franklin – Editorial Cartoons – 4th place

Reid Watkins – Sports Writing – 3rd place*

Christi Wang, Ben Guo, & Shae Simmons – Video News – 2nd place*

Natalie Hoeferle – Broadcast News – 2nd place*

Kim Halm – Review Writing – 1st place*

Jessica Dougall – Photo Storytelling –  1st place*

*State Qualifier

Team Finish – 37 points – 6th place 

2018

Evie Snoeyink – Editorial Writing – 6th place

Taylor Kern – Photo Storytelling – 6th place

Evie Snoeyink – Review Writing – 5th place

Melissa Schill – Feature Writing – 4th place

Ashleigh Brady – Yearbook Caption Writing – 4th place

Ashleigh Brady – Sports Writing – 3rd place*

Kiki Sinclair – Headline Writing – 3rd place*

Katie Fata – Advertising – 3rd place*

Ellie Sauder – Broadcast News – 2nd place*

Katie Fata – Editorial Cartoons – 2nd place*

Melissa Schill – News Writing –  1st place*

*State Qualifier

Team Finish – 38 points – 5th place 

2017

Elyse Schneider – Editorial Writing – 4th place

Elyse Schneider – Review Writing – 4th place

Mackenzie Christian – Broadcast News – 4th place

Ashleigh Brady – Copy Editing – 4th place

Ashleigh Brady – Sports Writing – 3rd place*

Melissa Schill – News Writing – 3rd place*

 Melissa Schill – Feature Writing – 2nd place*

*State Qualifier

2016

Melissa Schill – Editorial Writing – 5th place


IJEA – Newspaper and Digital News Media Contest

2020

Best Overall Publication – 2nd place

Best Hybrid Publication – 2nd place

Best Website – Honorable Mention

Best Review – Hannah Kocar – 1st place

Best Infographic – Jessalynn Baer, Jaxson Creasey, & Jillian Murphy – 1st place

Best News or Feature Photo – Charlotte Calmes – 1st place

Best Headline – Charlotte Calmes & Laynee Scheck – 1st place

Best Humorous Commentary – Zach Holliday – 1st place & 2nd place

Best Audio Podcast – Shae Simmons & Evie Snoeyink – 1st place; Anagha Arla & Caitlin Wonsowski – 2nd place

Best Front-page Design – Inkspot Staff – 1st & 2nd place

Best Personality Profile – Evie Snoeyink – 2nd place

Best News Story – Charlotte Calmes & Laynee Scheck – 2nd place

Best Alternative Storytelling – Kelsey Kern & Hannah Kocar – 2nd place

Best COVID-19 Coverage – Reid Watkins – 2nd place; Charlotte Calmes – 3rd place

Best Sports Commentary – Eli Schneider – 3rd place

Best Illustration – Inkspot Staff – 3rd place

Best Overall Design – Inkspot Staff – 3rd place & Honorable Mention

Best Feature Story – Evie Snoeyink – Honorable Mention

Best Photo Gallery or Slideshow – Charlotte Calmes – Honorable Mention; Charlotte Calmes & Laynee Scheck – Honorable Mention

Best Video Story – Jessalynn Baer, Jaxon Creasey, & Olivia Plangger – Honorable Mention

 

2019

Best Website – 2nd place

Best Hybrid Publication – Honorable Mention

Best News Story – Evie Snoeyink – 1st place; Anagha Arla, Jessica Dougall, Chris Gaines, Kim Halm & Abby Kimball – Honorable Mention

Best Personality Profile – Evie Snoeyink – 1st place

Best Sports Commentary – Will Dowell – 1st place

Best Photo Story – Kim Halm – 3rd place

 

2018

Best Print Publication – 1st place

Best Overall Publication – 3rd place

Best Website – Honorable Mention

Best In-Depth News Story – Nate Brown – 2nd place; Taylor Kern, Kenzie Kraft, Aidan Smiser, & Evie Snoeyink – Honorable Mention

Best Feature Story – Evie Snoeyink – 1st place; Katie Fata – 3rd place

Best Personality Profile – Ellie Sauder – 3rd place; Katie Fata – Honorable Mention

Best Sports News Story – Sumayyah Muhammad – Honorable Mention

Best Sports Feature Story – Nate Brown – 3rd place

Best Sports Commentary – James Broach – 1st place

Best Serious Commentary – Melissa Schill – Honorable Mention

Best Review – Brooklyn Shaw & Keyairah Sinclair – Honorable Mention

Best Sports Photo – Keyairah Sinclair – 1st place

Best Editorial Cartoon – Alex Perez & C. Muirreall Currie – 2nd place

Best Infographic – Katie Fata – 2nd place; Ellie Sauder – 3rd place

Best Alternative Storytelling – Evie Snoeyink – 1st place

Best Headline – Taylor Kern – 2nd place; Katie Fata – Honorable Mention

Best Advertisement – Inkspot Staff – 2nd place; Inkspot Staff – 3rd place

Best Multimedia Story Package – Melissa Schill – 3rd place

 

2017

Best Overall Digital Publication – 1st place

Best Website – 2nd place

Best Sports News Story – Ashleigh Brady – 2nd place

Best Staff Editorial – Melissa Schill & Rachel Leman – 2nd place

Best Serious Commentary – Taylor Railey – Honorable Mention

Best Review – Rachel Leman – Honorable Mention

Best Infographic – Carly Gillis – 3rd place; Taylor Railey – Honorable Mention

Best Alternative Storytelling – Inkspot Editorial Staff – 2nd place

Best Audio Package – Melissa Schill – 2nd place; Rachel Leman – 3rd place


School Newspapers Online 

2019

5 “Best of Sno” selections

2018

Site Excellence

2017

Site Excellence

1 “Best of Sno” selection

2016

Excellence in Writing

4 “Best of Sno” selections