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PHSCC earns top prize at Northern Illinois Scholastic Press Association spring conference

Plainfield High School-Central Campus journalism students won the Golden Eagle Award for overall journalistic excellence for the first time since 2010 at the Northern Illinois Scholastic Press Association’s spring conference on April 12, 2019.

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.

Individual District 202 students also won prizes, including:


  • The Fielder newspaper staff -- Silver Certificate, Website Design
  • Hannah Darbro (senior) – Blue Ribbon, Breaking News and Video
  • Hannah Kopek (junior) – Blue Ribbons, Editorial Cartoon and Photo Gallery, Honorable Mention, Column Writing
  • Abbey Dissette (senior) – Blue Ribbons, Review Writing and Advertising
  • Iris Wright (senior) – Blue Ribbons, Feature Writing and Team In-Depth Reporting
  • Elizabeth Hsieh (senior) and Dayanara Miranda (junior) – Blue Ribbon, Team In-Depth Reporting
  • Elizabeth Hsieh (senior) -- Honorable Mention, Graphic Design
  • Abby Blazevic (junior) – Honorable Mention, Editorial Writing

Plainfield South High School:

  • The Paw Print newspaper staff – Bronze Certificate, Overall Excellence
  • Emily Sherrill (senior) -- Blue Ribbon, Ad Design, Graphics
  • Jamiah Sanders (senior) – Blue Ribbon, Individual In-Depth Reporting
  • Juvenal “Juve” Angulo (sophomore) – Blue Ribbon, Graphics
  • Mireya Ruiz (senior) – Blue Ribbon, Photography, Honorable Mention, Feature Writing
  • Alexis Polizzi (senior) – Honorable Mention, Editorial Writing
  • Noah Maldonado (sophomore) – Honorable Mention, Column Writing

Plainfield North High School:

  • The Prowler staff – Silver Certificate, Newspaper Design, Bronze Certificate, Web Design, Honorable Mention, Graphic Design
  • Caroline Baumker (senior) – Blue ribbons, Review Writing, Team In-Depth Reporting, Honorable Mention, Feature Writing  
  • Hunter Bish (senior) – Blue Ribbon, Individual In-Depth Reporting, Honorable Mention, Editorial Writing
  • Katelyn Leano (senior) – Blue Ribbon, In-Depth Reporting
  • Yasmine Bisiolu (senior) – Blue Ribbon, Ad Design
  • Cecilia Yang (senior) – Honorable Mention, Editorial Cartoon

Plainfield East High School:

  • The East Side News newspaper staff -- Silver Certificate, Overall Excellence
  • Laine Cibulskis (freshman) -- Blue Ribbon, News Photography
  • Alizah Qadri (senior) – Blue Ribbon, Graphics, Honorable Mention, Editorial Writing
  • Kaitlyn “Katy” Dang (junior) -- Honorable Mention, News Story and Editorial Cartoon
  • Jillian Dzieciol (senior) -- Honorable Mention, Sports Writing and Individual In-Depth Writing
  • Dakota Dravo (junior) -- Honorable Mention, News Story
  • Kaitlyn Stanbary (junior) – Honorable Mention, Column Writing
  • Daasebre Appah-Dankyi (senior) – Honorable Mention, Column Writing