by Hope Ziegel
KANELAND—The Kaneland Krier last month won 15 awards in the 2012 High School Communications Competition, as announced by the National Federation of Press Women on May 14.
The Krier is Kaneland High School’s newspaper, and is run and organized by students.
Cheryl Borrowdale, journalism teacher and advisor for the paper, was very proud of the students’ hard work.
“I’m really proud of what we have accomplished at Krier. Putting on a student paper is a lot harder than most people expect, mainly because there are a lot of aspects to make sure are right,” Borrowdale said.
The following are students who received awards: Ameilia Likeum, Emily Gulanczyk, Heather Shelton, Kaprice Sanchez, Diana Nuno, Morgan Buerke, Brittany Larsen, Alexandra Vickery, Lanie Callaghan, Casey Jacobson, Nick Stollard, Tyler Keenum and Austin Paulson.
Likeum, a freshman, was thrilled to go to the ceremony and to win in the feature photo category.
“I really liked the speaker. He really explained what it was like to be a real journalist,” she said.
Students were even more pleased to find out that they had won the Silver Pen Award. This was KHS’ first time winning the award.
“We are proud, we know the students of Krier are incredible,” said Diane McFarlin, Kaneland High School assistant principal. “We are proud that their incredible work gets this kind of recognition.”
The next level of the competition is that all of the first place winners are sent to one judge for the national competition.
Kaneland won two national awards this year. One award went to Ameilia Likeum for her feature photo, and the other to senior Diana Nuno and sophomore Kaprice Sanchez for their feature story.
“I’m the most proud of the recognition. I put my whole heart into the story and I worked very hard to bring it up to its full potential,” Nuno said. “While nothing’s perfect, I’m proud of the work I did and I’m glad judges agree.”
As national winners, all three students will be invited to the national ceremony in Arizona.
As the Kaneland Krier concludes the 2011-12 school year, the students’ hurry to finish the last issue of the year.
“(The Krier taught me) how to lead. It’s the greatest responsibility I’ve been given. When editors come to me for advice, I feel honored to be considered a mentor,” Nuno said. “When they come ask me for my opinion, or when they have a problem and they come to me when our adviser isn’t available, is surreal. I used to be the student asking a question every two seconds. While I’m still not expert status, it’s weird to know so much because of my experience.”