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Plainfield North HS journalists win top prize at conference

Plainfield North High School journalism students won the Golden Eagle Award for overall journalistic excellence for the first time in the school’s history at the Northern Illinois Scholastic Press Association’s spring conference on April 20, 2018.

As well, student journalists from all four District 202 high schools also won top honors at this year’s NISPA conference held at the College of DuPage.

The NISPA conference included hundreds of student journalists from across the Chicago suburbs.

Students heard keynote speaker Teri Arvesu, the Vice President of Content for Univision Chicago Local Media and attended workshops given by journalism advisers and professional journalists. 

Individual District 202 students also won prizes, including:


  • Lauren Hansen (senior) – Blue Ribbons, Column Writing, Photography and Graphic Design
  • Jensen Peacock (junior) – Blue Ribbon, Editorial Cartoon
  • Joe Granat (senior) – Honorable Mention, In-Depth Writing
  • Olivia Henze (sophomore) – Honorable Mention, Ad Design
  • Lizzy Marchetti (senior) – Honorable Mention, In-Depth Writing
  • The Prowler Staff – Honorable Mention, Editorial Writing


  • The Fielder newspaper -- Bronze Certificate, Overall Excellence
  • The Fielder website -- Silver Certificate, Overall Excellence
  • Stephanie Shields (senior) – Honorable Mention, News Writing
  • Tom Klimek (senior) – Honorable Mention, Editorial Writing
  • Dylan Udziela (senior) – Honorable Mention, Ad design
  • The team of seniors Shannon Tierney, Micha’la Hood, Brady Jones and junior Abbey Dissette – Honorable Mention, In-Depth Writing
  • Taylor Garcia (senior) – Blue Ribbon, Column Writing
  • Shannon Tierney (senior_ – Blue Ribbon, Graphic Design
  • The team of seniors Tom Klimek, Micha’la Hood, and Kat Hahn-Boisvert – Blue Ribbon, Multimedia Coverage


  • The Pawprint newspaper staff – Bronze Certificate, Overall Excellence
  • Kaitlyn Finnegan (senior) -- Blue Ribbon, Photography
  • Emily Sherrill (junior) -- Blue Ribbon, Ad Design.
  • Emily Sherrill (junior) – Honorable Mention, Infographics
  • Alexis Polizzi (junior) – Honorable Mention, Editorial Writing.


  • The East Side News newspaper staff -- Silver Certificate, Overall Excellence
  • Sam Alvidrez (senior) -- Blue Ribbon, Editorial Cartooning
  • Lauren Thibault (senior) -- Honorable Mention, Ad Design
  • Lauren Thibault (senior) -- Honorable Mention, Editorial Writing
  • Jillian Dzieciol (junior) -- Honorable Mention, Column Writing
  • Lucas Del Rosario (sophomore) -- Honorable Mention, Graphics