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HiLite staff members earn 2014 CSPA Gold Circle awards

HiLite staff members earned 11 Gold Circle awards from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association. Awards were given for work published online at the HiLite website between November 2, 2012 and November 1, 2013. The awards were announced on February 17.

Sophomore Jessica Tao won second place in the “Personal opinion: On-campus issues” category for her column, “Bullying Happens.

Junior Michelle Dai won third place in the “General feature” category for her article, “More Young Americans Turn Away from Organized Religion.

Senior Hafsa Razi won second place in the “Non-fiction column” category for her column, “Insecure.

Sophomore Kyle Crawford won third place in the “Single sports photograph” category for his photo in “Men’s Basketball Team Prepares for Game Against Lawerence North.”

Senior Omeed Malek won third place  in the “Photo illustration” category for his photo in “Foreign-born Students Balance American Immigrant Identities.

Senior Rachel Chen won second place in the “Editorial cartoon” category for ”The De-Evolution of Music.”

The HiLitestaff won first place in the “Typography: Overall look of the entire website” category.

The HiLite staff won a certificate of merit in the “News Online Design Web site” category.

Sophomore Kyle Crawford won a certificate of merit in the “Photo slideshow” category for “Tarzan: Behind the Scenes.”

Sophomore Kyle Crawford won first place in the “Video feature package” category for “Senior Sam Milstone Eats Glass.”

Junior Naomi Reibold and sophomore Kyle Crawford won second place in the “Video feature package” category for “Sophomore Taylor Johnson Competitively Horseback Rides.”


 

HiLite staff members win top awards in 2013 Women’s Press Club of Indiana contest

The HiLite won eleven awards recently when the National Federation of Press Women announced the results of the Woman’s Press Club of Indiana high school journalism competition. (Despite its name, the organization has both male and female members.) First place winners in Indiana will move on to the national competition in Salt Lake City this summer.

The winners are as follows:The staff won 1st place in editorial writing.
Sophomore Pablo Paliza-Carre won 1st place in opinion writing and 2nd place in reviews.
Junior Claudia Huang won 1st place in feature writing and 2nd place in double-truck layout.
Sophomore Jason Klein won 1st place in sports writing.
Junior David Choe won 1st place in cartooning.
Freshman Kyle Crawford won 3rd place in sports photography.
Junior Crystal Chen won 2nd place in feature photography.
Junior Connie Chu won 2nd place in graphics.
Junior Henry Jackson won 1st place in video feature stories.

Additional information and a full list of winners can be found on nfpw.org.

The adviser of the HiLite is Jim Streisel. Victor Xu is the editor in chief. Tony Tan, Natalie Maier, Melinda Song and Ryan Zukerman are managing editors.


HiLite staff members win Quill & Scroll Gold Keys

HiLite staff members earned 12 Gold Keys in the 2013 Quill & Scroll International Writing/Photo Contest, which is co-sponsored by the American Society of News Editors’ High School Journalism Initiative. The contest attracted a total of 2,436 entries submitted to 14 divisions, with a total of 270 entries selected as National Winners and 342 individual student winners.

Individual winners were as follows:

Junior David Choe won a Gold Key in Editorial Cartoons.Junior Linsu Han won a Gold Key in News Writing.
Freshman Kyle Crawford won 2 Gold Keys in Sports Photography.
Sophomore Kyle Walker won a Gold Key in Feature Writing.
Sophomore Pablo Paliza-Carre won a Gold Key in Review Columns.
Sophomore Naomi Reibold won a Gold Key in In-Depth/Individual Reporting.
Junior Claudia Huang won a Gold Key in In-Depth/Individual Reporting.
Sophomore Rushi Patel won a Gold Key in In-Depth/Individual Reporting.
Junior Omeed Malek won a Gold Key in Photo Illustrations.
Senior Liane Yue won a Gold Key in Infographics.
Junior Connie Chu won a Gold Key in Infographics.

The adviser of the HiLite is Jim Streisel. Victor Xu is the editor in chief. Tony Tan, Natalie Maier, Melinda Song and Ryan Zukerman are managing editors.


HiLite staff members win CSPA Gold Circles

HiLite staff members won 10 Gold Circle awards from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA). Certificates were awarded to work published in the print HiLite and online during the 2011-2012 school year.

The Gold Circle Awards attracted 15,947 entries from newspapers, magazines, yearbooks and digital media from colleges, universities and secondary schools throughout the United States, marking a competitive year for the 30-year old CSPA contest. This year, members of the HiLite continued a tradition of excellence by winning these top national awards from the organization.

Junior Omeed Malek won a Certificate of Merit in photo slideshows.Junior Hafsa Razi won two Certificates of Merit in non-fiction articles and general features.
Juniors Rachel Chen and Elyse Goldberg won Third Place Certificates in Interactive graphics.
The HiLite staff won a Third Place Certificate for the typography featured on the HiLite Online, a Second Place Certificate for Headline writing on the site, and a First Place Certificate for online editorial cartoons.
Junior Claudia Huang won a Second Place Certificate in in-depth news/feature stories.
Freshman Kyle Crawford won a First Place Certificate in photo slideshows.
Junior Matt Wehner won a First Place Certificate in sports features.


2011-2012 HiLite announced as CSPA Crown Finalists

The print publication and the HiLite Online have earned the distinction of Crown Finalist for the Columbia Scholastic Press Association’s (CSPA) 2013 Scholastic Awards in the new category of hybrid publications, which is reserved for newspapers who integrate print and online media as one. The HiLite was one of 16 hybrid publications across the nation to earn finalist status. The distinction puts the HiLite in contention for a Gold or Silver Crown when recipients are announced in March. Last year, the HiLite earned separate Gold Crowns in print and online categories.

Judging, which took place at Columbia University Dec. 8 to 10, was based on the 2011-2012 edition of the HiLite and the current website. The panel in charge of evaluating publications included professional journalists and journalism professors.

According to the CSPA, 1,344 digital, newspapers, magazines and yearbooks published during the 2011-2012 academic year were eligible for judging in the 2013 Crown Awards Program.

Senior Victor Xu is the current HiLite editor in chief. He is joined on the editorial management team by seniors Natalie Maier, Melinda Song, Tony Tan and Ryan Zukerman. Aaron Kearney and Patrick Tan are this year’s website editors. Last year’s print management team was editor in chief Laura Peng (Yale University), Patrick Bryant (Wabash University), Monica Cheng (Northwestern University), Yameen Hameed (IU) and Caroline Zhang (Harvard University). Jim Streisel advises the HiLite.


2011-12 HiLite earns Gold Medalist rating from CSPA, Quill & Scroll’s top honor

August 30, 2012

The 2011-12 HiLite newsmagazine earned Gold Medalist status in the Columbia Scholastic Press Association’s (CSPA) annual critique. The publication earned 851 out of 1,000 possible points, additionally earning All-Columbian honors in the “visual” category for scoring higher than 95 percent in that area. The HiLite entered the hybrid print-visual category, which is offered to publications with both print and online versions.

Quill & Scroll, the international honorary society for high school journalists, also recognized the 2011-12 edition with its highest honor, the George H. Gallup Award with “superior” ratings in all three of the organization’s individual categories – coverage, visuals and writing / editing. The newsmagazine also earned superior ratings in subcategories like business, circulation and finance.

In the CSPA critique, the judge said, “You should be super proud of the work you and your staff have produced. This newspaper and website is very exciting and beyond visually pleasing.”

Last fall the 2010-2011 paper also won a Gold Medal from the CSPA and the George H. Gallup Award from Quill & Scroll.

The 2011-12 editor in chief was Laura Peng ’12, now at Yale University. The managing editors were Patrick Bryant ’12 (Wabash College), Monica Cheng  ’12 (Northwestern University), Yameen Hameed ’12 (Indiana University), and Caroline Zhang ’12 (Harvard University). Jim Streisel advises the HiLite.


CHS publications staffs earn awards from NSPA

Nov. 21, 2011

HiLite Online earned a first place Best of Show award, and the Pinnacle yearbook earned an eighth place Best of Show award at the fall 2011 JEA/NSPA Scholastic Journalism Convention hosted in Minneapolis. The HiLite newsmagazine also received its plaque for its status as an NSPA Pacemaker finalist. In addition, several students earned individual recognition at the event, which took place from Nov. 17 to 20 at the Minnesota Convention Center.

HiLite Online earned first place in the category of news websites with student enrollments of over 1,500 students, and the Pinnacle entered the category of yearbooks of 325 or more pages. Both publications earned recognition over other schools from around the country whose students attended the convention.

Also announced at the convention were several “of the year” awards representing the best individual efforts of journalism students around the country. The finalists for these competitions were announced earlier in the year, but the winners received specific placements and awards at the convention awards ceremony on Nov. 19. HiLite students earned several recognitions:

Arjuna Capulong ’11 – First place – Newsmagazine Cover Design of the Year
Rebecca Xu ’11 – First place – Illustration of the Year
Junior Victor Xu – Second place – Diversity Story of the Year
Daniel Li ’11 – Honorable Mention – Editorial Cartoon of the Year
Daniel Li ’11 – Honorable Mention – Comic Strip/Panel Cartoon of the Year

Finally, the eight students who attended the convention also competed in various write-off contests on Nov. 18. Students who placed in those competitions included:

Junior Madison Viering – Superior – Yearbook Copy/Caption: Sports
Senior Caroline Zhang – Honorable mention – Commentary Writing

More than 4,200 students, advisers and presenters attended the convention, which featured keynotes from Duchesne Drew, the managing editor of operations at the Minneapolis Star Tribune, and Vadim Lavrusik, the journalist program manager at Facebook. Daniel Radcliffe, the start of the Harry Potter series, also conducted a satellite interview with students on Friday morning. Jim Streisel advises the HiLite and Nicole Wilson advises the Pinnacle.


HiLite staff members earn CSPA Gold Circle Awards

October 14, 2011

Several Carmel High School student journalists earned individual Gold Circle Awards from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA). The awards, which judge individual achievement in several different categories, were announced via email from CSPA director Edmund Sullivan on Oct. 10, 2011. According to the CSPA website, “Gold Circle Awards are offered to recognize superior work by student journalists usually as individuals but sometimes as an entire staff working with either print or online media.”

The Carmel award-winners are as follows (students are currently on staff unless otherwise noted):

HiLite newspaper

First Place

  • Victor Xu – In-depth news/feature story (“Trending toward Tolerance”)
  • Conner Gordon – Photography: Portfolio of work
  • Yameen Hameed – Photo layout: Portfolio of work

Second Place

  • Victor Xu – General feature (“A Modern Relationship”)

Certificate of Merit

  • Arjuna Capulong ’11 – Page one design: Portfolio of work

Online Media

First place

  • Arjuna Capulong ’11 and Steven Chen ’11 – News interactive graphic (“Interactive graphic: What’s inside Diet Coke?”)

Certificate of Merit

  • Staff – News online design web site

Online News awards reflect entries produced between October 31, 2009 and November 1, 2010. Because CSPA dates its awards by the year in which they are given, they are known as the 2011 Gold Circle Awards for Yearbooks.

Those winners are as follows:

HiLite Online

First Place

  • Arjuna Capulong ’11 and Victor Xu – In-depth news/feature writing (“Living with a Label”)
  • Arjuna Capulong ’11 and David Zheng ’11 – Sports news (“Moriarity leaves Carmel football to take job at IU”)
  • Victor Xu and Lizzy Grubbs ’11 – News features (“Trending toward Tolerance”)
  • Darlene Pham ’11 – General feature (“Unreal Ideals”)

Second Place

  • Staff – Editorial writing (“Staff Perspective”)
  • Adele Zhou – Personal opinion: Off-campus issues (“Words can hurt”)

Third Place

  • Marianna Cooper ’11 – Personal opinion: On-campus issues (“Students should appreciate in-state colleges”)
  • David Zheng ’11 – Personal opinion: Off-campus issues (“Argument regarding mosque at heart of First Amendment freedoms”)
  • Reuben Warshawsky ’11 – Sports commentary (“Fans here catching the fever, but what about when we lose?”)
  • Laura Peng – General feature (“Dealing with Death”)

Certificate of Merit

  • Grayson Harbour and Nina Underman ’11 – News writing (“Seniors plan to vote for the first time”)
  • Victor Xu – In-depth news/feature writing (“Trending toward Tolerance”)
  • Alex Mackall ’11 – Sports commentary (“Peyton’s Potential ‘Peyday'”)
  • Reuben Warshawsky ’11 – Sports feature (“Caught in a squeeze play”)
  • Darlene Pham ’11 and Lizzy Grubbs ’11 – General feature (“Raising Responsibility”)
  • Darlene Pham ’11 – General feature (“Chatroulette: Fun or Freaky?”)

Click here to view a complete list of winners on the CSPA website.


HiLite earns top rating from Quill & Scroll, NPSA All-American rating

September 16, 2011 

Quill & Scroll, the international honorary society for high school journalists, recognized the 2010-11 Carmel High School student newspaper with the highest honor. The HiLite earned the George H. Gallup Award with “superior” ratings in all three of the organization’s individual categories – coverage, visuals and writing / editing.

Additionally, the HiLite received the highest rating from the National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA), which invites school publications annually to submit print issues for critique. Out of a total of 4000 points, the site was awarded 3780 points and four Marks of Distinction, qualifying for the All-American rating.

Categories included coverage/content (the ability of the site to report on a myriad of topics and the accuracy of the stories), interactivity/community (the opportunities and accessibility offered to viewers for expressing their opinions), breaking news (the frequency and speed at which the site updates its stories), design/navigation (the aesthetics and ease of use on the site) and rich media (the utilization of different forms of media, such as photos and videos).

The judge Jim Schaffer said, “Your staff does a marvelous job of taking a fairly ordinary story and giving it an edge—thus, the story on athletes coping with chronic medical conditions isn’t simply about being dedicated; it raises some thought-provoking questions as well.”

Sara Rogers (Duke University) was last year’s editor in chief. Steven Chen (Dartmouth College), Mackenzie Madison (Purdue University), Rebecca Xu (Darthmouth College) and David Zheng (Princeton University) were last year’s managing editors. Jim Streisel advises the HiLite.


2010-11 HiLite earns Gold Medalist rating from CSPA

August 19, 2011

The 2010-11 HiLite newsmagazine earned Gold Medalist status in the Columbia Scholastic Press Association’s (CSPA) annual critique. The publication earned 926 out of 1,000 possible points, additionally earning All-Columbian honors in the “verbal” category for scoring higher than 95 percent in that area. This is the first year the CSPA has offered a detailed critique in the “hybrid” category, which is designed for publications, like the HiLite, that use both a print publication and news website to share information with readers. The critique is designed to see how the publication staff blends its print and online offerings.

In his critique, the anonymous judge said, “(The HiLite has) a lot of different material, so there is something for everyone to read. You make your pages visually appealing, and you do a good job with the balance of text and graphics.”

Last year, the 2009-10 paper also received a Gold Medalist rating and went on in the spring to earn the CSPA’s second highest award, the Silver Crown, while the website went on to earn a Gold Crown, the CSPA’s highest honor. While the critique rating is separate from the Crown judging, traditionally the HiLite has performed well in the Crown competition, earning additional Gold Crowns for print in 1995, 1999 and 2005 and Silver Crowns in 1994, 2004, 2006 and 2007. The website has earned Gold Crowns in 2010 and 2011.

The 2010-11 editor in chief was Sara Rogers ’11, now at Duke University. The managing editors were Steven Chen ’11 (Dartmouth College), Mackenzie Madison ’11 (Purdue University), Rebecca Xu ’11 (Dartmouth College), and David Zheng ’11 (Princeton University). Jim Streisel advises the HiLite.


HiLite staff members achieve national recognition

May 20, 2011

Several HiLite staff members were recently named national High School Communications Competition winners from the National Federation of Press Women. Students’ work was entered for the national competition after winning first place at the state level with the Woman’s Press Club of Indiana.

Junior Laura Peng won first place for her page design, “The End of Books.” Junior Yameen Hameed won second place for his page design “Model Student”, and senior Sara Rogers  won second place for her column “Believing in allegiance: Why to honor every veteran this year.” Senior Marianna Cooper won third place for her video news story “Small Business on Main Street,” and junior Henry Zhu won third place for his feature story “Home Sweet Home.”

The High School Communications Competition, endorsed by the National Association of Secondary School Principals, is an annual competition that encourages high school student journalists and advisors to challenge themselves to achieve journalistic excellence.


HiLite reporter selected as sweepstakes winner by Quill and Scroll

May 17, 2011

Junior Charlie Browning was selected from thousands of applicants as the sweepstakes winner in the “Sports Story” category in the 2011 International Writing/Photo Contest sponsored by the American Society of News Editors (ASNE) and Quill & Scroll. To see Browning’s winning story, click here.

A total of 277 individual students were selected as winners, earning Gold Keys, out of a pool of 3,248 entries in 12 different categories. To see a list of all HiLite students earning Gold Keys this year, click here.

In each of the 12 categories, judges selected a single sweepstakes winner. Out of the 340 entries in the “Sports Story” category, only 20 were selected as Gold Key winners and only one as sweepstakes winner.

To see a list of all sweepstakes awards winners, click here. Browning was the only sweepstakes winner from the state.


HiLite staff members earn individual awards from ASNE and Quill & Scroll

April 22, 2011

HiLite staff members earned seven awards, representing the work of individual staff members, in the 2011 International Writing/Photo Contest sponsored by the American Society of News Editors (ASNE) and Quill & Scroll. There was a total of 3,248 entries in 12 divisions, and 277 individual student winners were selected in the twelve different categories. In addition, winners who are seniors in high school are eligible to apply for several scholarships in journalism. The following students won awards in the divisions listed.

*Editorial Cartoon – Blaine Herbst, senior

*Editorial Cartoon – Rebecca Xu, senior

*Photography / Sports – Conner Gordon, junior

*In-Depth / Individual – Victor Xu, sophomore

*In-Depth / Individual – Henry Zhu, junior

*Sports Story – James Benedict, junior

*Sports Story – Charlie Browning, junior

Click on the categories to see the winning entries.


Nine HiLite staff members earn recognition from Women’s Press Club of Indiana

April 20, 2011

Students on Carmel High School’s student newspaper staff, the HiLite, earned 9 awards in the 2011 Women’s Press Club of Indiana (WPCI) High School Communications Contest, including six first place individual wins.

Senior Sara Rogers was awarded first place in opinion writing with her column arguing for the expulsion of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” military policy, with judges commending the “sound reporting” and “excellent work.” Junior Henry Zhu placed first in feature writing with his story, “Home Sweet Home” regarding military families and their soldiers’ return home. Judges applauded Zhu’s “stellar interviewing skills.” Junior Charlie Browning won first place in sports writing with his article on athletes continuing to compete despite chronic medical issues. Junior Yameen Hameed placed first in single-page layout for his “Model Student” 15 minutes of fame page, cited by the judges as “amazing” and “well composed.” In double-truck layout, junior Laura Peng also took first place with her “visually striking” center spread design for “The End of Books” story. Finally, senior Marianna Cooper was awarded first place for video news story with her investigative report on the small businesses on Main Street. Judges applauded her work as “very well-produced” and “professional-grade.”

These first-place entries will now be entered into the national competition sponsored by the National Federation of Press Women (NFPW), which will release winners over the summer. Winners will be invited to the September national convention in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

Other Carmel High School award winners and their categories are as follows:

* Cartooning — Honorable mention, senior Blaine Herbst
* Sports Photo — Second place, senior Mary Brooke Johnson
* Graphics — Second place, senior Daniel Li


HiLite named Hoosier Star finalist

April 12, 2011

The 2010-11 Carmel High School HiLite newspaper has been named a Hoosier Star finalist in the annual competition sponsored by the Indiana High School Press Association (IHSPA).

The award is broken down by school enrollment. The newspaper qualified in Division III, which includes schools with 2,000 or more students.

All publications rated as either “excellent” or “superior” in the IHSPA’s annual critique service qualify as finalists for the IHSPA Hoosier Star Award, the organization’s highest honor comparable to a State championship in athletics. Since it has qualified for this distinction, the publications will be evaluated once again by a separate judge. The 2010-11 Hoosier Star winners will be announced at the IHSPA fall convention on Oct. 21, 2011. Since 2000, the HiLite has earned Hoosier Stars in 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2010.

Editors for the HiLite for 2010-11 are editor in chief Sara Rogers and managing editors Steven Chen, Mackenzie Madison, Rebecca Xu and David Zheng. Jim Streisel is the faculty adviser for the newspaper.


HiLite Online earns CSPA Gold Crown, print publication earns Silver Crown

March 21, 2011

For the second year in a row, the CHS student news website,

HiLite Online, has earned a Gold Crown from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA), that organization’s highest award. Additionally, the HiLite newsmagazine print publication earned the CSPA’s second highest honor, the Silver Crown. The awards were announced at the CSPA’s annual convention at Columbia University on March 18. The online award is based on this year’s website while the print award is based on the 2009-10 publication.

According to the CSPA, 1,434 magazines, newspapers, yearbooks and online publications were eligible for Crown Awards. HiLite Online was one of only nine websites in the country, and the only one in Indiana, to earn the Gold Crown distinction. The HiLite print publication was one of just 42 publications in the country to earn a Crown Award – 12 of those were Gold and the remaining 30 were Silver. Again, the HiLite was the lone Crown winner from Indiana.

The HiLite has traditionally performed well in the Crown competition, earning Gold Crowns for print in 1995, 1999, 2005, 2009 and 2010 and Silver Crowns in 1994, 2004, 2006 and 2007. The HiLite Online earned a Gold Crown in 2010.

Senior Sara Rogers is the current HiLite editor in chief. She is joined on the editorial management team by seniors Steven Xiwei Chen, Mackenzie Madison, Rebecca Xu and David Zheng. Steven Miin Chen and Yusheng Zhu are this year’s website editors. Last year’s print management team was editor in chief Michelle Hu (Harvard University), Rosemary Boeglin (Oberlin College) and Sarah Sheafer (College of Charleston). Jim Streisel advises the HiLite.


 CHS publications staffs earn awards from NSPA

Nov. 14, 2010

The HiLite newspaper staff received recognition in three Best of Show categories at the National Scholastic Press Association’s (NSPA) fall convention in Kansas City, Mo. The HiLite earned fourth place in the newsmagazine Best of Show category. In the newspaper special edition Best of Show category, the Acumen received fifth place. HiLite Online was awarded second place in the publication website Best of Show category for large schools.

Ester Lathrem, Pinnacle staff member and junior, earned a superior rating in the yearbook copy and caption writing for clubs category. Cassie Dugan, HiLite reporter and senior, was awarded an honorable mention in editorial writing. Sara Rogers, HiLite editor-in-chief and senior, received an honorable mention in commentary writing.

During the convention, HiLite adviser Jim Streisel led seminars on “journalism’s 10 deadly sins” and online writing. Pinnacle adviser Nicole Wilson taught a session on advertising and served as a competition judge. Rogers spoke with 45words, a group of eight students raising awareness for First Amendment, advocating for student press rights.

A complete list of winners from the NSPA Best of Show competition is listed here.

A complete list of winners from the JEA write-off competitions is listed here.


CHS publications earn top honors at annual IHSPA convention

Oct. 23, 2010

The HiLite newspaper staff earned a Hoosier Star and the Pinnacle yearbook
staff earned an Honorable Mention at the annual Indiana High School Press
Association (IHSPA) convention, which concluded Oct. 22. Additionally, several
students earned individual honors in the IHSPA’s annual Harvey competition.

This marks the second year in a row, and the sixth time since 2002, that the
HiLite has earned a Hoosier Star, the IHSPA’s highest honor, comparable to a
State Title in athletics. The award is based on the 2009-10 publication. Carmel
competes in Division 3, the large-school division with schools of enrollments of
over 2,000 students. The other Hoosier Star winner in Division 3 was Crown Point
High School.

The Pinnacle was one of only six high schools in the state to be named a
Hoosier Star finalist. This year’s award is based on the 2009 book.

Carmel students also fared well in the annual IHSPA Harvey Awards
competition. The award, named after former Indiana adviser Rowena Harvey,
recognizes the best individual talent in a variety of categories each year.

HiLite students earned awards in 10 of the 15 categories for which they were
eligible, including seven first-place awards. The winners are as follows:

First Place (Harvey Award)
Editorial Writing – HiLite staff
Feature Writing – Victor Xu
Advertising – HiLite staff
Communications Graphics – Rebecca Xu
Page Design – Arjuna Capulong and Jinny Zhang
Community Leadership Award – Rosemary Boeglin and Michelle Hu
Feature Photo – Lizzy Grubbs

Second Place
Sports Photo – Arjuna Capulong
Photo Portfolio – Arjuna Capulong

Third Place
Sports Writing – Reuben Warshawsky
Spot News Photo – Michelle Hu

Pinnacle students earned awards in a variety of yearbook categories. They
are as follows:

First Place (Harvey Award)
Sports Photo – Kati Feller
Feature Photo – Kati Feller

Second Place
Photo Portfolio – Kati Feller
Organizations Section – Pinnacle staff

Third Place
Student Life Section – Pinnacle staff
Album Section – Pinnacle staff
Sports Section – Pinnacle staff
Academics Section – Pinnacle staff

Finally, Pinnacle adviser Nicole Wilson, who was this year’s IHSPA board
secretary and helped to organize the convention, was elected the new IHSPA board
vice president for the 2010-11 school year. Jim Streisel advises the HiLite.


CHS publications students earn CSPA Gold Circle Awards
Oct. 11, 2010

Several Carmel High School student journalists earned individual Gold Circle Awards from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA). The awards, which judge individual achievement in several different categories, were announced via e-mail from CSPA director Edmund Sullivan on Oct. 8, 2010. According to the CSPA website, “Gold Circle Awards are offered to recognize superior work by student journalists usually as individuals but sometimes as an entire staff working with either print or online media.”

The Carmel award-winners are as follows (students are currently on staff unless otherwise noted):

HiLite newspaper

First Place

  • Daniel Li – Computer-generated art/illustration: two or more colors (“A Family-Free Thanksgiving”)

Third Place

  • Audrey Bailey and Meredith Boyd – Sidebar writing (“Behind the Curtain”)
  • Alex Mackall – Comic cartoons (“Swine Flu”)
  • Sara Rogers – Informational graphics: A designed or art headline (“The Difference between Bonding and Bullying”)

Certificate of Merit

  • Alex Mackall – Sports commentary (“Peyton’s political payday with new contract”)
  • Rebecca Xu – Cartoon portfolio of work

Pinnacle yearbook

Certificate of Merit

  • Staff – Informational graphics portfolio

Additionally, students who contributed to the HiLite Online website were recognized as winners from the CSPA. These awards were announced several months ago, but according to the CSPA, because the CSPA dates its award by the year they are given, they are recognized as 2010 winners.

Those winners are as follows:

HiLite Online

First Place

  • Michelle Hu ‘10 – Online slideshow (“Student Activism”)

Second Place

  • Michelle Hu ’10 and Emily Puterbaugh – Breaking news (“Funeral scheduled…”)
  • Michelle Hu ’10 and Rosemary Boeglin ’10 – Secondary coverage (“Mediator determines…”)

Third Place

  • Mike Jiang ’10 and Nishanth Samala ‘10 – Online design

A complete list of winners can be found at the CSPA website: http://cspa.columbia.edu/docs/contests-and-critiques/gold-circle-awards/recipients/2010-scholastic-circles.html


Both CHS print publications Hoosier Star finalists
Sept. 1, 2010

 

Both Carmel High School’s 2009-10 HiLite newspaper and 2008-09 Pinnacle yearbook have been named Hoosier Star finalists in the annual competition sponsored by the Indiana High School Press Association (IHSPA).

The award is broken down by school enrollment. Both the yearbook and newspaper have qualified in Division III, which includes schools with 2,000 or more students. Other finalists in the newspaper division include Arsenal Tech, Avon, Ben Davis, Center Grove, Crown Point, Lawrence Central, Lawrence North, Noblesville and Southport. Finalists in the yearbook category include Ben Davis, Columbus North, Hamilton Southeastern, Lake Central and Noblesville.

All publications rated as either “excellent” or “superior” in the IHSPA’s annual critique service qualify as finalists for the IHSPA Hoosier Star Award, the organization’s highest honor comparable to a State championship in athletics. Since it has qualified for this distinction, the publications will be evaluated once again by a separate judge. The 2009-10 Hoosier Star winners will be announced at the IHSPA fall convention on Oct. 22. Since 2000, the HiLite has earned Hoosier Stars in 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2009. The most recent Pinnacle Hoosier Stars were for the 2007 and 2008 books.

Editors for the HiLite for 2009-10 were editor in chief Michelle Hu (now at Harvard University) and managing editors Rosemary Boeglin (Oberlin College) and Sarah Sheafer (College of Charleston). Jim Streisel is the faculty adviser for the newspaper. Editors for the 2008-09 Pinnacle were Nathaniel “Nate” Woeste (Ohio State University) and Jennifer “Jenn” Cannady (Purdue University). Nicole Wilson is the yearbook faculty adviser.

 


Carmel High School newspaper earns top rating from Quill & Scroll
Aug. 31, 2010

 

Quill & Scroll, the international honorary society for high school journalists, recently recognized the 2009-10 Carmel High School student newspaper with one of that organization’s highest awards. The HiLite earned an International First Place Award for superior achievement. Newspapers scoring between 900 and 1,000 total points in the evaluation earn that distinction. Carmel’s paper earned 914 points out of 1,000 and additionally earned superior achievements in four of the organization’s five individual categories – policy guidelines, coverage, display and design, and business practices

In his critique comments, the anonymous judge called the HiLite “a professional looking publication.” Additionally, he said the newspaper’s design was “among the best I’ve seen among your peer group.”

Michelle Hu (Harvard University) was last year’s editor in chief. Rosemary Boeglin (Obelin College) and Sarah Sheafer (College of Charleston) were last year’s managing editors. Jim Streisel advises the HiLite.


HiLite students earn online CSPA Gold Circle awards
March 25, 2010

 

Carmel High School student journalists earned individual Gold Circle Awards in nearly half of the online categories for which they were eligible from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA). Of the 16 total “Online” awards offered in the category, Carmel students who produce design and content for the HiLite Online Web site were eligible for nine of them (the rest of the categories being for digital yearbooks, magazines and digital editions). The awards, which judge individual achievement in several different categories, were announced on the CSPA Web site after the annual CSPA convention, which concluded on March 20, 2010. According to the CSPA Web site, “Gold Circle Awards are offered to recognize superior work by student journalists usually as individuals but sometimes as an entire staff working with either print or online media.”

These awards reflect entries produced between November 1, 2008 and October 31, 2009. Because CSPA dates its awards by the year in which they are given, they are known as the 2010 Gold Circle Awards for Online Media. The winners are as follows:

First Place

  • Michelle Hu – Photo and audio sideshows for online news

Second Place

  • Rosemary Boeglin and Michelle Hu – Secondary coverage for online news
  • Michelle Hu and Emily Puterbaugh – Breaking online news

Third Place

  • Mike Jiang and Nishanth Samala – Overall Web site design

A complete list of winners can be found at the CSPA Web site.


CHS news Web site named Pacemaker finalist in annual contest sponsored by NSPA
March 11, 2010

 

For the second year in a row, the Carmel High School HiLite newspaper Web site, www.hilite.org, has been named a finalist in the large-school division of the annual Pacemaker competition sponsored by the National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA). On March 11, the NSPA announced 26 total finalists – 13 from schools with enrollments of 1,500 or more students and 13 from schools with enrollments of fewer than 1,500 students. The HiLite Online is the only school in Indiana to earn this recognition.

According to the NSPA Web site, Online Pacemaker entries are judged during the months of February and March by a judging team including professionals and educators with extensive online media experience, and they made their selections based on excellence in the following areas: content and coverage, site design, ease of navigation, interactivity/multimedia and writing and editing. For the first time, entries were divided into two categories based on school enrollment. The complete list of finalists can be found here.

From that list of 26 Web sites, the winners of the Pacemaker award, the highest honor the NSPA offers for publications, will be announced at the NSPA convention in Portland, OR on April 17. No further judging will take place.

The HiLite Online has performed well in previous years, earning Pacemakers in 2002, 2004 and 2009.

This year’s editors of the Web site are seniors Mike Jiang and Nishanth Samala. The editor in chief of the HiLite is senior Michelle Hu. Jim Streisel advises the HiLite.


Carmel High School newspaper Web site qualifies for Crown competition
Feb. 17, 2010

 

The Carmel High School student news Web site, HiLite Online, has been named a Crown Finalist by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA). The results were announced on Feb. 17, 2010 at Columbia University in New York City.

Carmel was one of only 27 scholastic news Web sites in the country – and the only site in Indiana – to be named a finalist. Finalists are winners, not nominees. Each finalist will be revealed as either a Gold or Silver Crown at the awards ceremonies scheduled to take place during CSPA’s 86th annual Convention, on March 19, 2010 in the Roone Arledge Auditorium of the Alfred Lerner Student Center on Columbia’s Morningside Heights campus.

The full list of winners can be found at the CSPA Web site: http://cspa.columbia.edu/

This marks only the second year for the CSPA to recognize online Crown Finalists and the first year for the HiLite to earn that distinction.

The 2009-10 editorial staff consists of seniors Michelle Hu (editor in chief), Rosemary Boeglin and Sarah Sheafer (managing editors) and Mike Jiang and Nishanth Samala (Web editors).

Just last month, the 2008-09 print edition of the HiLite was also named a Crown Finalist, one of only 64 newspaper finalists from around the country and one of only four newspapers in Indiana to earn this distinction. The full article detailing that award can be found here: http://hilite.org/core/staff/awards


Carmel High School newspaper qualifies for Crown competition
January 4, 2010

 

Once again, the Carmel High School HiLite newspaper has been named a Crown Finalist by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association. The award is based on the 2008-09 newspaper. Finalist status guarantees that the HiLite will earn either a Silver Crown or Gold Crown, the CSPA’s two highest awards, at the organization’s convention in March.

The HiLite is one of only 64 newspaper finalists from around the country and one of only four newspapers in Indiana to earn this distinction. In its annual critique received earlier this year, the paper earned Gold Medalist status, a preliminary distinction that is separate from the Crown competition. The 2008-09 HiLite newspaper earned All-Columbian honors in each of four categories in that critique – coverage, writing and editing, graphic presentation and business operations. Additionally, the anonymous judge awarded the paper a total of 972 points out of 1,000, which qualified it for the Gold Medalist designation.

Last year, the 2007-08 paper also received a Gold Medalist rating and went on in the spring to earn the CSPA’s highest award, the Gold Crown, one of only 19 scholastic newspapers in the country to earn that distinction. This year’s score was a nine-point improvement from the assessment of the 2007-08 publication, and while the critique rating is separate from the Crown judging, traditionally the HiLite has performed well in the Crown competition, earning additional Gold Crowns in 1995, 1999, 2005 and 2009 and Silver Crowns in 1994, 2004, 2006 and 2007.

The judge noted that the paper was “an example of how broadsheet should look” and that it displayed a “very effective design that mixes traditional with the modern.

This year, the HiLite has switched to a tabloid newsmagazine format in order to follow changes in the newspaper industry. The emphasis for the paper is now on lengthier, in-depth stories. The HiLite Web site, HiLite Online, is now the primary outlet for breaking news and upcoming events.

As for the transition, the judge said it brings the HiLite to the “cutting edge.

The 2008-09 editor in chief was Amy Flis ‘09, now at Duke University. The managing editors were Cathy Chen ‘09 (Dartmouth College) and Brittani Wheeler’09 (Indiana University).


HiLite students earn several CSPA Gold Circle Awards
Oct. 27, 2009

 

Several Carmel High School student journalists earned individual Gold Circle Awards from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA). The awards, which judge individual achievement in several different categories, were announced via e-mail from CSPA director Edmund Sullivan on Oct. 26, 2009. According to the CSPA Web site, “Gold Circle Awards are offered to recognize superior work by student journalists usually as individuals but sometimes as an entire staff working with either print or online media.”

This portion of the Gold Circle Awards attracted 8,091 entries from colleges, universities and secondary schools throughout the United States. The Carmel award-winners are as follows (students are currently on staff unless otherwise noted):

First Place

  • Andrew Browning and Lily Zhao (Emerson College) – Sports page design: Broadsheet black and white
  • Andrew Browning and Lily Zhao – Sports page design: Broadsheet format color

Second Place

  • Michelle Hu – Personal opinion: Off-campus issues
  • Stephanie Hodgin – Feature page design: Broadsheet format color

Third Place

  • Staff – Overall design: Broadsheet format
  • Michelle Hu and Michael Wang – News page design: Broadsheet format black and white
  • Ariel Aisen (Washington University) and Jinny Zhang – Feature page design: Tabloid format color
  • Min Qiao – Feature page design: Broadsheet format black and white
  • Ariel Aisen and Jinny Zhang – Photo layout: Full page color

Certificate of Merit

  • Reid Conner (Indiana University) and Maria LaMagna (Northwestern University) – Editorial page design: Broadsheet format black and white
  • Stephanie Hodgin – Feature page design: Broadsheet format color
  • Michelle Hu and Afra Hussain – Single-subject feature package, single page: Broadsheet format black and white

A complete list of winners can be found at the CSPA Web site.

Several Carmel High School student journalists earned individual Gold Circle Awards from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA). The awards, which judge individual achievement in several different categories, were announced via e-mail from CSPA director Edmund Sullivan on Oct. 26, 2009. According to the CSPA Web site, “Gold Circle Awards are offered to recognize superior work by student journalists usually as individuals but sometimes as an entire staff working with either print or online media.” This portion of the Gold Circle Awards attracted 8,091 entries from colleges, universities and secondary schools throughout the United States. The Carmel award-winners are as follows (students are currently on staff unless otherwise noted):

First Place

  • Andrew Browning and Lily Zhao (Emerson College) – Sports page design: Broadsheet black and white
  • Andrew Browning and Lily Zhao – Sports page design: Broadsheet format color

Second Place

  • Michelle Hu – Personal opinion: Off-campus issues
  • Stephanie Hodgin – Feature page design: Broadsheet format color

Third Place

  • Staff – Overall design: Broadsheet format
  • Michelle Hu and Michael Wang – News page design: Broadsheet format black and white
  • Ariel Aisen (Washington University) and Jinny Zhang – Feature page design: Tabloid format color
  • Min Qiao – Feature page design: Broadsheet format black and white
  • Ariel Aisen and Jinny Zhang – Photo layout: Full page color

Certificate of Merit

  • Reid Conner (Indiana University) and Maria LaMagna (Northwestern University) – Editorial page design: Broadsheet format black and white
  • Stephanie Hodgin – Feature page design: Broadsheet format color
  • Michelle Hu and Afra Hussain – Single-subject feature package, single page: Broadsheet format black and white

A complete list of winners can be found at the CSPA Web site: http://www.studentpressreview.com/october-2009-issue/second-series-2009-gc-high-school-news-mag


Publications students earn 2009 Hoosier Stars, individual awards
Oct. 27, 2009

 

Both of Carmel High School’s print publications, the HiLite newspaper and Pinnacle yearbook, earned Hoosier Star awards in the large-school division at the Indiana High School Press Association (IHSPA) convention at Franklin College Oct. 22-23. The Hoosier Star, comparable to a State Championship in athletics, is Indiana’s highest award in scholastic journalism. Additionally, current or former Carmel High student journalists won several individual honors.

The Pinnacle was the only publication to win in the yearbook division while the HiLite was one of only three high school newspapers to win a large-school Hoosier Star Award from the press association. By school enrollment in three divisions, the press association names the best newspapers and yearbooks each year. Carmel High School’s paper joined Lawrence Central and Lawrence North as 2009 Hoosier Star Award winners in schools with enrollment of 2,000 or greater.

This marks the sixth time in the last eight years that the HiLite has been named a Hoosier Star recipient.

During the convention, Harvey Awards were also presented for individual student work. Carmel High student journalists who currently are on the newspaper or yearbook staffs, as well as recent graduates who worked on the publications, were eligible for the awards, which are named for the press association’s first president.

Individual Harvey Award Winners included:

Advertising – Bennett Fuson (Indiana University), Matt Kanitra (Purdue University) and Beth Brookie (Purdue University
Page Design – Michelle Hu and Tim Chai
Sports Photo – Nick Johnson
Spot News Photo – Michelle Hu
Communication Graphics – HiLite staff
Civic Journalism – HiLite staff

In addition to the Harvey Awards for first place, Carmel students also placed in several categories. They are as follows:

HiLite
Second place:
Tim Chai – Column writing
Maggie Brandenburg – Sports writing
HiLite staff – Maestro package
Michelle Hu – Newspaper photo portfolio

Third place:
Ellie Seta – Feature writing
Lauren Burdick – News writing
HiLite staff – Editorial writing

Pinnacle
Second place:
Kati Feller – Yearbook photo portfolio

Third Place:
Tyler Zipes – Feature writing

Honorable Mention:
Pinnacle staff – Overall theme

The complete list of winners should soon be available online here.

In addition to the staff awards, yearbook adviser Nicole Wilson was also elected secretary of the IHSPA board. Wilson served as an at-large member this past year, and her position as secretary now puts her on track to be the board president for the 2011-12 school year.


HiLite staffers earn individual awards from NSPA
Sept. 11, 2009

 

Three members of the Carmel High School HiLite newspaper staff earned recognition from the National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA) in that organization’s annual contest to award individual achievement.

Senior Rebecca Xu was one of only five finalists in the Editorial Cartoon of the Year competition while junior Lauren Burdick and senior Michelle Hu teamed up to be one of three finalists in the Story of the Year multimedia category. All work was from the 2008-09 school year.

Xu’s editorial cartoon, titled “The Next Step,” coincided with the 2008 Presidential election and depicted a montage of images from Abraham Lincoln to Martin Luther King, Jr. to Barack Obama. To see her cartoon on the HiLite Web site, click here: http://hilite.org/core/archives/2230. To see her work, along with the work of the other finalists, go to the NSPA’s Web site: http://studentpress.org/nspa/winners/cartoon09.html.

Burdick and Hu teamed up to cover the ongoing teacher contract negotiations at Carmel Clay Schools. Their coverage included stories, photos and videos, both in print and online, to fully explore the issue. The list of finalists is here: http://studentpress.org/nspa/winners/story09.html.

Winners in each of these categories will be announced at the fall JEA/NSPA National Convention in Washington DC from Nov. 12 to 15.


HiLite earns Gold Medalist rating from CSPA

Sept. 4, 2009

The 2008-09 HiLite newspaper earned All-Columbian honors in each of four categories from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA) in its most recent assessment of the publication. Additionally, the anonymous judge awarded the paper a total of 972 points out of 1,000, which qualified it for the Gold Medalist designation. The paper earned All-Columbia honors in coverage, writing and editing, graphic presentation and business operations.

Last year, the 2007-08 paper also received a Gold Medalist rating and went on in the spring to earn the CSPA’s highest award, the Gold Crown, one of only 19 scholastic newspapers in the country to earn that distinction. This year’s score was a nine-point improvement from the assessment of the 2007-08 publication, and while the critique rating is separate from the Crown judging, traditionally the HiLite has performed well in the Crown competition, earning additional Gold Crowns in 1995, 1999 and 2005 and Silver Crowns in 1994, 2004, 2006 and 2007.

The judge noted that the paper was “an example of how broadsheet should look” and that it displayed a “very effective design that mixes traditional with the modern.”

This year, the HiLite has switched to a tabloid newsmagazine format in order to follow changes in the newspaper industry. The emphasis for the paper is now on lengthier, in-depth stories. The HiLite Web site, HiLite Online, is now the primary outlet for breaking news and upcoming events.

As for the transition, the judge said it brings the HiLite to the “cutting edge.”

The 2008-09 editor in chief was Amy Flis ’09, now at Duke University. The managing editors were Cathy Chen ’09 (Dartmouth College) and Brittani Wheeler’09 (Indiana University).


HiLite Online awarded NSPA All-American rating

July 29, 2009

Annually, the National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA) invites school publications to submit Web sites for critique. Sites are judged not only on their ease of use, but also substance. Judges seek out innovative ways to convey the story to viewers in the school and community. Additionally, judges read through stories for balanced coverage and multiple sources to ensure the fairness of journalism.

This year, the HiLite‘s site, HiLite Online, received the highest rating from the NSPA. Out of a total of 4,000 points, the site was awarded 3,425 and four Marks of Distinction, qualifying for the All-American rating. Categories included coverage/content (the ability of the site to report on a myriad of topics and the accuracy of the stories), interactivity/community (the opportunities and accesibility offered to viewers for expressing their opinions), breaking news (the frequency and speed at which the site updates its stories), design/navigation (the aesthetics and ease of use on the site) and rich media (the utilization of different forms of media, such as photos and videos).

The judge said, “It is nice to see some expanded coverage with stories. I really liked seeing the video to accompany the April 2 “Fame in the Internet Age” story by Celina Wu. That is just the kind of thing that media sites should be using video for. I love being able to see and hear a band play instead of just reading a story. The video helps put the puzzle together for me in a way the story alone can’t.”

Additionally, the site earned 100 of 100 points in student work credit.

The 2008-09 editor-in-chief of the HiLite newspaper was Amy Flis, who will attend Duke University in the fall. The managing editors were Brittani Wheeler and Cathy Chen, who will attend Indiana University and Dartmouth College, respectively. The editor of the Web site was Yon-Sue Choi, who will attend Dartmouth College.


Newspaper earns superior rating, qualifies for Hoosier Star Award

May 12, 2009

Carmel High School’s 2008-09 HiLite newspaper has earned a “superior” overall rating from the Indiana High School Press Association. Based on issues published from August 2008 until January 2009, it is the first award for the current print newspaper staff; other organizations like the Columbia Scholastic Press Association, Quill & Scroll and the National Scholastic Press Association will not release their lists of 2008-09 winners until next school year.

Additionally, Carmel earned “superior” ratings in 10 of the 13 total individual categories, earning additional “special distinction” in two of those areas: Overall content and coverage and art.

In the comments annotated throughout the 16-page critique book, the judge wrote, “I thoroughly enjoyed visiting the hallways and fields of your school through the HiLite. It is clear that you have an effective system from story idea compilation to completion. Keep up the good work…Celebrate in your successes and continue in your awesome responsibility.”

All newspapers rated as either “excellent” or “superior” qualify as finalists for the IHSPA Hoosier Star Award, the organization’s highest honor comparable to a State championship in athletics. Since it has qualified for this distinction, the 2008-09 HiLite will be evaluated once again by a separate judge. The 2008-09 Hoosier Star winners will be announced at the IHSPA fall convention on Oct. 23. Since 2000, the HiLite has earned Hoosier Stars in 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006 and 2007.

Senior Amy Flis is the editor in chief of the HiLite. Seniors Cathy Chen and Brittani Wheeler serve as managing editors. Jim Streisel is the faculty adviser for the newspaper.


Newspaper staff earns WPCI awards

May 12, 2009

Students on Carmel High School’s student newspaper staff, the HiLite, earned six awards in the 2009 Women’s Press Club of Indiana (WPCI) High School Communications Contest, including a first place award for senior Stephanie Hodgin in the single-page layout category.

The contest allowed schools to submit one entry in each of 14 categories (eight in writing, two in photo, one in graphics, one in cartooning and two in design). Entries must have been published between March 1, 2008 and Feb. 28, 2009. According to its Web site, the WPCI “inspires students to do their best work, which earns them recognition and reflects well on their teachers (and) advisers.”

Hodgin’s award was for her 15 Minutes of Fame feature page titled “The Amazing Comic World of Kevin Anderson” that detailed the work of a student cartoonist. Of the design, the anonymous judge said, “This is a very clean layout that uses a sequence of sketches and photo illustrations to add another dimension to the story. The use of typography and color helps bring the page to life.”

Hodgin’s first-place entry will now be entered into the national competition sponsored by the National Federation of Press Women (NFPW).

Other Carmel High School award winners and their categories are as follows:

Rebecca Xu – Second place, cartoon
Aili Arnell – Third place, environmental writing
Michelle Hu – Third place, feature photography
HiLite staff – Third place, editorial writing
Ariel Aisen and Jinny Zhang – Honorable mention, double-truck layout

The complete list of winners should soon be available online at http://wpcindiana.org.


Newspaper staff earns individual awards from ASNE and Quill and Scroll

April 20, 2009

The HiLite earned eight awards, representing the work of 17 individual staff members, in the 2009 International Writing/Photo Contest sponsored by the American Society of News Editors (ASNE) and Quill and Scroll. There was a total of 2,748 entries in 12 divisions, and 303 individual student winners were selected in the different categories. In addition, winners who are seniors in high school are eligible to apply for several scholarships in journalism.

The following students won awards in the divisions listed.

Tim Chai – General Column
Lauren Burdick -News Story
Maggie Brandenberg – Sports Story
Rebecca Xu – Editorial Cartoon (3 awards) and Indepth/team
Renny Logan – Editorial Cartoon and Indepth/team
Jinny Zhang – Indepth/team
Tracy Sun – Indepth/team
Aili Arnell – Indepth/team
Ellie Seta – Indepth/team
Cassie Dugan – Indepth/team
Beverly Jenkins – Indepth/team
Erin Lowe – Indepth/team
Sam Watermeier – Indepth/team
Jade Schwarting – Indepth/team
Lauren Mugavin – Indepth/team
Ariel Aisen – Indepth/team
Evelyn Forbes – Indepth/team


Publications win awards at national convention

April 19, 2009

The Carmel High School HiLite Web site was awarded a Pacemaker at the annual spring national high school journalism convention sponsored by the Journalism Education Association (JEA) and the National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA). Additionally, the Web site earned a first place Best of Show award. The HiLite print publication won fifth place in the Best of Show competition for newspapers of 17 or more pages this year, and the topically-based Acumen news magazine finished fourth in the category of newspaper special edition. The 2008 Pinnacle yearbook placed tenth in the category of books over 325 pages. The awards were announced on April 18 at the Phoenix convention.

In addition, four of the eight students from this school who attended the convention earned recognition in the write-off competitions. Wendi Cai earned a Superior award for the category Yearbook layout: Inside pages. Kati Feller earned an Excellent award for Yearbook student life photography. Cindy Brentlinger earned an Excellent award for Yearbook copy/caption: Clubs. Mackenzie Madison earned an Honorable Mention for Sports writing.

The current editor in chief of the HiLite is Amy Flis. Brittani Wheeler and Cathy Chen are the managing editors. Ariel Aisen is the editor of the Acumen.

Jim Streisel advises the HiLite and Nicole Wilson advises the Pinnacle.


Newspaper earns first place at national convention

Nov. 16, 2008

The Carmel High School HiLite won first place in the competition for newspapers of 17 or more pages this year at the annual fall national high school journalism convention sponsored by the Journalism Education Association (JEA) and the National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA). The Web site also earned a second place award, and the Acumen came in sixth place for newspaper special edition. In addition, the 2008 publication of the yearbook placed sixth in the category of over 325 pages. The awards were announced on Nov. 15 at the St. Louis convention.

The current editor in chief of the HiLite is Amy Flis. Brittani Wheeler and Cathy Chen are the managing editors. Ariel Aisen is the editor of the Acumen.

Jim Streisel advises the HiLite.


Carmel High School newspaper earns top rating from Quill & Scroll

Nov. 7, 2008

Quill & Scroll, the international honorary society for high school journalists, recently recognized the 2007-08 Carmel High School student newspaper with one of that organization’s highest awards. The HiLite earned an International First Place Award for superior achievement. Newspapers scoring between 900 and 1,000 total points in the evaluation earn that distinction. Carmel’s paper earned 983 points out of 1,000 and additionally earned superior achievements in all five of the evaluation’s individual categories – policy guidelines, coverage, writing and editing, display and design, and business practices.

In his critique comments, the anonymous judge said of the publication, “Wow! The writing is crisp and includes direct and indirect quotes. The coverage is so varied. The depth is amazing – you take one topic and COVER it! Then (you) get to design, and it’s phenomenal. This staff and adviser must work constantly. Bravo! Cheers! Wow!”

Jaclyn Chen (University of Penn) was last year’s editor in chief. Grace Baranowski (Duke University) and John Shi (Dartmouth University) were last year’s managing editors.

Jim Streisel advises the HiLite.


CHS publications students earn awards at annual CSPA convention

March 27, 2008

Carmel High School student journalists earned individual Gold Circle Awards from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA). The awards, which judge individual achievement in several different categories, were announced at the CSPA’s spring convention, which concluded on March 21. According to the CSPA Web site, “Gold Circle Awards are offered to recognize superior work by student journalists usually as individuals but sometimes as an entire staff working with either print or online media.”

The individual winners from newspaper may include work from the current school year, while the yearbook awards recognize entries included in the 2007 publication. The Carmel award-winners are as follows (students are currently on staff unless otherwise noted):

HiLite
Staff – first place, advertising design (full-page multiple advertisements)
Staff – third place, overall design (broadsheet)
Matt Kanitra – honorable mention, advertising design (quarter-page black-and-white)
David Joest – honorable mention, sports design (broadsheet four-color)
Staff – honorable mention, information graphics (text, pullout, at-a-glance boxes)
John Shi and Nancy Tan – honorable mention, news page design (broadsheet black-and-white)

Pinnacle
Hena Ahmed – first place, advertising spread (people ads)
Staff – third place, headline writing
Allison Farrer (Purdue University) and Lauren Reising (Indiana University) – honorable mention, division page design
Staff – honorable mention, use of graphics (informational graphics)
Amanda Burkert and Allison Farrer, honorable mention, color spread


Carmel High School student wins Ryan White Award

September 19th, 2007

Carmel High School senior John Shi earned first place in the editorial/commentary division of the annual Ryan White Excellence in Journalism competition sponsored by the Journalism Education Association (JEA). His column, titled “Sex Education Policies Slow to Adapt to Reality,” appeared in the May 29 issue of the HiLite newspaper.

According to the JEA Web site (www.jea.org), the Ryan White award was established to recognize student media that “tell the truth about health issues in an interesting and relevant manner.” In the print division, the award recognizes achievement in three categories – editorial /commentary, feature writing and double truck (feature package – judged on story plus graphics and layout). Shi was one of only three students who placed in his division.

This year’s competition was judged by Dennis Kelly, senior assignment editor in the Life section of USA Today. Kelly oversees the paper’s coverage of health, science, education, religion and behavior. For his first-place finish, Shi earned $300, and his name will be read during the Sunday recognition ceremony of the fall national JEA/NSPA convention in Philadelphia.

Shi is currently the managing editor of the HiLite.


Carmel High School newspaper earns Superior rating from Quill & Scroll

September 10th, 2007

The 2006-07 HiLite newspaper earned one of the highest awards from Quill & Scroll, the international honorary society for high school journalists. The anonymous judge gave the paper an International First Place Award for superior achievement.Newspapers earning between 900 and 1,000 points earn that distinction. Carmel’s paper earned 936 points out of 1,000 and additionally earned superior achievements in all five of the evaluation’s individual categories – policy guidelines, coverage, writing and editing, display and design and business practices.

In his critique comments, the judge said, “Your paper ranks among the best in the country…you have an outstanding product that the school and community should be proud of. The writing is strong, the design is strong and the coverage is even stronger.”

Stephanie Nowell (Indiana University) was last year’s editor in chief. Cherrica Li (University of Notre Dame) and Nick Neary (Ball State University) were last year’s managing editors.

Jim Streisel advises the HiLite.


Carmel senior earns honorable mention in annual NSPA Design of the Year competition
Carmel High School senior Jaclyn Chen earned an honorable mention in the Newspaper Page 1 category of the National Scholastic Press Association’s Design of the Year competition. Her design, created during the 2006-07 school year when she was the front page editor of the HiLite newspaper, was one of only six total awards given in the category. Hundreds of newspaper students from around the country enter their work in this annual event.

Chen is currently this year’s HiLite editor in chief.

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