The Chesterton High
School Student Press presented its annual Quill & Scroll induction and
student press awards dinner on May 17 at the Westchester Public Library
Tribune Editor David Canright presented the
34th annual W.R. Canright Outstanding Senior Journalist Award to Erin Grimes
of the Sandscript and Kaitlyn Szprychel of Singing Sands.
teacher Clare Pokorny and her husband Frank presented the 17th annual
Kathryn Elizabeth Pokorny Student Press Memorial scholarships to Erin Grimes
of the Sandscript, who will attend St. Maryís College in South Bend, and
Celeste Coughlin and Kaitlyn Szprychel of Singing Sands, who will attend
Indiana University in Bloomington and Indiana University/Purdue
teacher/Quill & Scroll sponsor/Sandscript advisor John Hayduk awarded
partial grants to the Indiana University High School Journalism Institute
this summer in Bloomington to the Sandscriptís Brenna Farrell and Genevieve
Also honored were
new and current members of the Kathryn Elizabeth Pokorny Chapter of the
International Honorary Society of High School Journalists (Quill & Scroll)
and other staff members of the Sandscript and Singing Sands.
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inducted one new member and recognized eight current members during a
candle-lit ceremony emceed by chapter president Grimes and secretary Scott
Singing Sands was Cassidee Rosenbaum.
pins were Grimes, Moran, and Wahl of the Sandscript, and Philip Flores,
English teacher/Singing Sands advisor Charles Smith, and Lisa Wratten of
Singing Sands. Senior members receiving honor certificates included Grimes
and Wahl of the Sandscript, and Flores, Hill, Szprychel, and Wratten of
Singing Sands. Grimes and Szprychel also were presented with graduation
honor cords for their eight+ semesters of outstanding journalistic work.
CHS asst. principal
Brent Martinson was given a testimonial scroll by Quill & Scroll members for
his outstanding cooperation with and support of high school journalism.
Following a buffet
dinner, service certificates and awards for the Sandscript and Singing Sands
were presented by Hayduk and Smith, respectively.
national outstanding story-writing award from the American Scholastic Press
Association (ASPA) was Sandscript staffer Moran.
outstanding-in-class honors for the Sandscript were Caitlin Bull,
outstanding sophomore; Moran, outstanding junior; and Grimes, outstanding
Sandscript staffers honored were Nicole Bilyak, best cub reporter; Farrell,
Grimes, and Moran, most committed staffers; Wahl, most improved staffer; and
Farrell, Grimes, and Moran, most professional staffers.
quality work in an unassuming manner, Bull of the Sandscript received the
subtle quality award. For spending notable time after school working on
their publication, Grimes and Moran of the Sandscript received midnight oil
outstanding-in-class honors for the Singing Sands were Coughlin, most
valuable staffer; Sydney Craig, Kaitlyn Richardson, and Abigail Sieman
outstanding seniors; and Justice Orosz, outstanding junior.
honors for Singing Sands were Hill, Behind the Scenes Award; Flores, Best
Mental Attitude; Szprychel, Best Yearbook Copy; Coughlin, Best Yearbook
Design; Wratten, Best Yearbook Photography; Jade Jusino, Commitment to
Quality Award; and Rosenbaum, Eagerness to Learn award.
for the 2017-18 newspaper and yearbook were announced at the eventís
conclusion. Genevieve Moran will be editor-in-chief for the Sandscript,
while Justice Orosz will be editor-in-chief for Singing Sands.