Senior Nichole Harris was announced as a semi-finalist for the Nebraska High School Journalist of the Year. Other semi-finalists included students from Lincoln and Omaha schools.
In order to enter the competition, Harris had to get three letters of recommendation. She asked her journalism adviser Jed Martin, past journalism adviser Diane Schutt and Fairbury Journal News Publisher Tim Linscott. She also wrote a personal statement, created a resume, and made an online portfolio. The online portfolio showcased her work in different areas of journalism.
“I’m really happy with how I did,” Harris said. “I only decided to apply about a week before it was due, and I wasn’t really expecting much. Being recognized as a semifinalist really validated me and encouraged me to keep working.”
Harris is currently the school newspaper editor and is in her fourth year of journalism. After high school, Nichole plans to attend the University of Iowa in Iowa City and double major in English and Creative Writing with an emphasis in Publishing and Journalism. After that, she wants to either work in the book publishing industry or in the literary magazine world.
“It’s a tribute to Nichole (receiving the award) and the dedication she has to our school’s publications,” Journalism Adviser Jed Martin said. “Being the only non-class A school finalist says a lot about her abilities and how much effort she puts into journalism while reflecting the hard work our journalism staff does as a whole.”