The Knox Student brought home 19 awards from the Illinois Collegiate Press Association last week — more than ever before.
The awards were given out at the Doubletree in Chicago Feb. 20, 2016 where TKS competed with other schools with non-daily newspapers with a circulation under 4,000. Two of the awards received this year, though, were open categories — open to the entire state.
Junior and graphic designer Donna Boguslavsky received first place for her graphic design in one of the open categories. This is her first year working for TKS.
“It was such a shock and an honor,” Boguslvaky said. “I never expected to receive any award for the work I did here at TKS, but now that I have it has completely changed how I view graphic design and journalism.”
Senior and co-sports editor Sam Watkins won three awards from ICPA, one of which she shared with her co-editor senior Gavin Crowell. It’s also her first year as an editor for TKS.
“I didn’t even expect to win anything. I was just going for fun,” she said.
For editor-in-chief Casey Mendoza, the amount of awards reflects a wide array of talent on staff. Mendoza brought four awards home.
“Before we used to get a lot of awards for our stories which was impressive but this year we got more for design which is important, having a more well-rounded newspaper,” she said.
OPEN CATEGORY (All Daily and Non-Daily Newspapers)
Casey Mendoza and Julia Mondschean: 1st Place Multimedia Reporting
Donna Boguslavsky: 1st Place Graphic Illustration
NON-DAILY DIVISION (less than 4,000 student enrollment)
Lizzie Wisdom: 1st Place General News Photo
Casey Mendoza: 1st Place Feature Photo
Nadia Spock: 1st Place Headline Writing
Nadia Spock, Casey Mendoza, Liz Clay: 1st Place Feature Page Design
Rachel Landman: 1st Place In-Depth Reporting
Gavin Crowell: 1st Place Sports Feature Story
Gavin Crowell: 1st Place: Sports Game Story
Kiannah Sepeda-Miller and Rachel Landman: 1st Place News Story
Julia Mondschean: 2nd Place In-Depth Reporting
Carly Taylor and Nadia Spock: 2nd Place News Story
Sam Watkins: 2nd Place Sports Feature Story
Kate Mishkin: 2nd Place Feature Story
Gavin Crowell and Sam Watkins: 3rd Place Sports Page Design
Sam Watkins: 3rd Place Sports News Story
Nadia Spock, Casey Mendoza, Liz Clay: 3rd Place Feature Page Design
Carly Taylor: 3rd Place Spot News Photo
Kate Mishkin: 3rd Place Feature Story