Journalism brings home nine medals from state competition

On April 24th eleven journalism students competed in Norfolk against other Class B schools.

Patrick Onrak ’17 earned 6th in Newspaper Layout and 5th in Sports News Writing. Shaye Stall ’17 brought home the 5th place medal in Newspaper Layout. Kelsea Swartz ’17 placed 3rd in Advertising. Mary Lawrence ’17 earned the 5th place title in Infographic design. Delainey Stewart ’18 earned 4th place in Advertising, and Evie Schwab ’18 place 5th in Entertainment Writing and 4th in News Writing.

The yearbook editors Paige Livingston ’18, Emily Burkley ’18, and Mary Lawrence ’17 placed 6th in Yearbook Theme Development.

Delainey Stewart ’18 (left) and Kelsea Swartz ’18 (right) showcases their friendship formed in journalism by holding hands on the podium while accepting their 3th and 4th place medals in Advertising.  Photo by: Joy Ondrak
Mary Lawrence ’17 eats her Gushers on stage accepting her 5th place medal in Infographic Design. Photo by: Joy Ondrak

Fairbury sends eleven state Journalism qualifiers

Eleven journalism students qualified for state in a multitude of events. They will compete Monday April 24 at Northeast Community College. The students and their events are as follows.

Mary Lawrence: Editorial Cartooning, In-Depth News Coverage, Photo Illustration, Graphic Illustration, Yearbook Theme Development, and Yearbook Theme Copy Writing.

Evie Schwab: In-Depth News Coverage, Entertainment Writing, News Writing, and Newspaper Layout.

Mikasa Lierman: Yearbook Layout and Photo Illustration.

Kelsea Swartz: In-Depth News Coverage and Advertising.

Delainey Stewart: In-Depth News Coverage and Advertising.

Emily Burkley: Yearbook Feature Writing, Yearbook Theme Copy Writing, and Yearbook Theme Development

Joy Ondrak: In-Depth News Coverage

Paige Livingston: In-Depth News Coverage and Yearbook Theme Development

Patrick Ondrak: Newspaper Layout and Sports News Writing

Shaye Stall: Newspaper Layout

Destini Warnke: Sports News Writing

Journalism students garner awards

Earlier in the year the Journalism students entered their published work into the Journalism Education Association contest and waited patiently to hear results. Six students received honorable mention and excellent in multiple categories.

Honorable mentions were won by juniors Destini Warnke in newspaper sports writing and photo illustration, and Evie Schwab in photo illustration, and seniors Shaye Stall in editorial writing and Mary Lawrence in graphic illustration, yearbook theme and copy writing.

Excellents were awarded to sophomore Joy Ondrak in sports/action photography, senior Mary Lawrence in news/feature photography and editorial cartooning, and seniors Shaye Stall, Mary Lawrence, and Kelsea Swartz for in-depth coverage.

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Blazer, Trail staffs win state medals; Novotny earns gold

Five journalism students brought home medals from the NSAA State Journalism Competition Monday, April 25.

The competition provides an avenue for journalism students across the state to compete in timed competitions to determine top finishers in 21 events.

The publications department had nine students qualify to compete in the competition with five bringing home medals in four different categories including a State Champion and State Runner-up.

Tanner Novotny brought home the gold in Sports News Writing and Mary Lawrence finished runner-up in Photo Illustration.  In addition to these top two performances, Paige Patton placed third in Yearbook Feature Writing; Shaye Stall placed fourth in Newspaper Layout; and Partrick Ondrak finished fifth in Sports News Writing.

Along with the five medalists, seniors Michaela Bartels, Brooke Eisenhauer and Halle Knigge qualified for the State Competition helping the school finish seventh in the team sweepstakes.

Capturing the essence of the staff’s individual personalities, NSAA State Journalism qualifiers prepare for the group photo.

State Journalism Qualifiers

The nine following journalism students for qualified for the State Journalism Competition in Norfolk on Monday, April 25.

“I am very proud to have that many going,” journalism adviser Jed Martin said.

These students have been very resolute in their work and hope to bring home some hardware.

NEWSPAPER IN-DEPTH COVERAGE: Paul Lawrence, Halle Knigge, Paige Patton, Mary Lawrence, Patrick Ondrak, and Tanner Novotny

COLUMN WRITING: Patrick Ondrak and Brooke Eisenhauer

GRAPHIC ILLUSTRATION: Paige Patton and Mary Lawrence


NEWS/FEATURE PHOTOGRAPHY: Michaela Bartels and Shaye Stall

YEARBOOK THEME: Halle Knigge and Mary Lawrence


Fairbury students come back with a win from the JEA contest

The Journalism Education Association held a contest in various categories dealing with anything from yearbook to newspaper related. Fairbury Journalism students entered the contest and came back with some wins.

“I like winning things,” Journalism and English teacher Jed Martin said.

Senior Brooke Eisenhauer took the honorable mention rank in the news/feature photography. Along with other senior, Stephen Engelman acquired the rank of honorable mention in news writing. Mary Lawrence ’17 had many honorable mentions within; editorial cartooning, graphic illustration, and photo illustration.