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Krier places 1st at NSPA

Photos: The Krier editorial board. Executive editors Jessica Corbett (front row), Sarah Arnold, Maria Kernychny, and Megan Nauert. Photos: Editors Diana Nuno (center row), Elaine Cannell, and Amanda Schiff. Editors Rachael Clinton (back row), Maggie Brundige, Jordan Jones, Julia Angelotti and Kylie Siebert. Courtesy Photo

by Alex Vickery and Taylor Phillips
Krier reporters

KANELAND—The Kaneland Krier, the student newspaper of Kaneland High School, won a first-place award from the National Scholastic Press Association, which gave the publication two marks of distinction for exemplary work: one in coverage and content and the other in leadership.

Erika Berg, who judged the Krier on behalf of the NSPA, wrote that the Krier’s “voice is creative, intelligent and interesting.”

The paper was judged in five areas, and Berg awarded the staff 950 of 1,000 possible points in content, giving the paper a mark of distinction because of what she described as “superb” topic choices.

“I really got a feel for Kaneland as a community through each feature piece, and I was especially impressed with the depth of feature coverage of some of the stories. The juxtaposition between more serious features and light-hearted, human interest ones give the publication as a whole a great variety,” Berg said.

The paper earned 900 out of 1,000 points in writing and editing, an “excellent” rating; 750 out of 800 points in photos, art, and graphics, an “excellent” rating; and 650 out of 800 points in layout and design, a “very good” rating. The paper also earned a perfect score of 500 points in leadership, for which Berg gave the staff a second mark of distinction.

“The news staff is very invested in the well-being of the school and community,” Berg said. “They are respectful to the student body and the staff and offer constructive information, research and opinion throughout the publication … the staff exhibits school pride while still pursuing journalistic excellence. On the whole, this group seems to take chances and get to the heart of whatever topic is being discussed.”

She commended the staff for adhering to standards of professional journalism, press law and ethics.

“This is a group with integrity and a clear sense of honesty and truth,” Berg wrote in the evaluation.

The NSPA award is the third major award the Krier staff has received for the 2009-10 publication. Last April, the Krier staff won the Golden Eagle from the Northern Illinois Scholastic Press Association, which is awarded to the best student newspaper in the division, and in September, Quill and Scroll gave the Krier an International First Place ranking.

It’s also the first time in three years the Krier has competed in the NSPA competition, and journalism teacher Cheryl Borrowdale said she was pleased with the results.

“For a judge to give us a first-place ranking indicates that the Krier staff is producing an exemplary paper and is doing a really excellent job of covering the Kaneland area, ” she said. “I was particularly pleased the judge pointed how ethical and responsible the Krier’s editorial board is in their coverage, because this is a staff that holds itself to high standards and really tries to make good decisions.”

Executive Editor Sarah Arnold said she was proud of the staff’s accomplishments.

“We’ve worked really hard as a staff to put out the best paper we can, and it’s not easy. Producing an issue takes more work than most people realize, so it’s exciting when someone else recognizes everything we put into it,” she said. “I really feel proud of the work that I’ve done and the work the rest of the staff has done.”

Although the judge’s comments were mostly positive, Berg did suggest some areas for future improvement in the categories of writing and editing and in page layout and design.

“A few of the news stories were cluttered with too many quotes or different voices, and they didn’t always bring relevance to the story,” she said.

Berg suggested the staff delete interviews that did not add interest to a story, even if the story contained fewer than three sources, and that the staff be more careful with bleeding elements off the edge of the page and with layering type.

“Using more creative elements would help break up the page layouts,” she suggested.

Arnold said that this year’s Krier staff has been working to improve in these areas.

“Design has been one of our pushes this year, and while we’re still developing in terms of our graphic design and look, we have definitely made some strides this year,” she said. “We’ve been studying the feedback we’ve gotten back from the judges, both here and in our other competitions, and we’re trying to include more visual elements and a wider variety of layouts in the Krier, among other things.”

The first round of competitions for the 2010-11 Krier staff begins in late April. This year’s NISPA competition will be held on April 29 at the College of DuPage, where more than 20 Krier editors and reporters will compete in individual categories. It will be quickly followed by the Illinois Woman’s Press Association’s High School Communications Contest in May.

Kaneland Krier wins Quill and Scroll International first place award

by Sarah Arnold
Kaneland News Bureau Editor

Krier—Kaneland High School’s newsmagazine, the Kaneland Krier, was awarded a Quill and Scroll International First Place Award last month, earning its highest score in several years.

“We had a very hardworking staff last year who put their whole heart into the Krier, and the judges saw that and rewarded them for it,” journalism teacher Cheryl Borrowdale said.

The judges commended the 2009-2010 Krier, giving it high scores for policy guidelines, coverage, writing and editing, display and design, and business practices.

“I think the judges saw the staff had good story topics, high quality in terms of writing and research and an attractive paper design,” Borrowdale said. “The Krier is a completely student-run paper and publishes without censorship or prior review, and the editorial board has set very high standards for itself, both in terms of production and ethics. They are perfectionists, and it shows.”

In the critique, the judges offered both praise and some constructive criticism.

“The judges commented they really liked our designs, ads and in-depth stories. It feels good because that is what we worked hard on last year. They want us to improve our captions and use our space wisely,” executive editor Maria Kernychny said.

The overall score of 950 placed the Krier in the superior achievement category, giving the staff the International First Place Award.

“It feels good to win Quill and Scroll because it goes to show the success of all of our staff’s time and effort throughout the year,” web editor Megan Nauert said.

Schools from 49 countries compete in Quill and Scroll, the largest of the journalism honor societies. Quill and Scroll, which is run by the University of Iowa’s Communications Department, has college journalism professors and professional journalists judge student newspapers from around the world each year. Over the Krier’s 37-year history, Quill and Scroll has distinguished the Krier many times. The newsmagazine also received an International First Place Award last year and won the 2010 Golden Eagle from the Northern Illinois Scholastic Press Association, which is given to the best student newspaper in its class.

The current Krier staff is working on making the judges’ suggested improvements to ensure another win next year.

“We are working to develop our layout even more, involve more Kaneland students, continue to make sound editorial board decisions, and maintain our journalistic integrity. Our goal is to receive an even higher score,” head copyeditor and advertising manager Jessica Corbett said.

Photo: The 2009-2010 Krier editorial board, which recently won a Quill and Scroll’s International First Place Award. Melanie Mazuc (front, left to right), Hope Zegiel, Ali Boan, Erin Rodway, Megan Nauert, and Jessica Raines. Zach Brown (back, left to right), Jessica Corbett, Sarah Arnold, Maria Kernychny, and Anthony Sperando. Courtesy Photo

Krier announces staff

by Ali Boan, Kaneland Krier
Kaneland Krier Editor

The Kaneland Krier announced its new executive editors and page editors for the 2009-10 school year on May 20.

The new executive editorial staff of 2009-2010 positions are Erin Rodway, editor-in-chief and assistant copyeditor; Mel Mazuc, production manager, copyeditor and editorial editor; Megan Nauert, advertising and graphics manager; Ali Boan, marketing manager, assistant web editor and Kaneland News Bureau manager; Jess Raines, business and circulation manager; and Hope Zegiel, online editor and visual editor.

“I think it’ll be a lot easier to do things (next year) because we’re a smaller, really good group of people. It’ll be fun,” Rodway said.

The editorial staff positions were also selected for the 2009-10 school year. Editorial staff are Sarah Arnold, trends, features and A&E editor; Jess Corbett, profile, lifestyle and feature editor; Maria Kernychny, centerspread editor; Anthony Sperando, boys and girls sports editor; and Zach Brown, news, opinion and photo page editor.

Next year’s goals include “being on time, working effectively and making deadlines,” Rodway said.

The selection process for the positions is a careful one.

“The outgoing executive editors select the new executive editors through an application/ interview process. They unanimously agreed on the new staff; I think they chose very well,” Cheryl Borrowdale, Krier adviser, said.

Krier editors will start their summer meetings Tuesday, June 9, as they sell advertisements and prepare for the 2009-10 Krier.

Photo: The 2009-2010 Krier staff. (Back row) Jess Corbett, Anthony Sperando, Zach Brown, Maria Kernychny and Sarah Arnold. (Front row) Jess Raines, Megan Nauert, Erin Rodway, Hope Zegiel, Ali Boan and Mel Mazuc. Courtesy Photo

Lady Knights go 2-1, includes wins over Sycamore, Yorkville

by Mike Slodki
With the regular season down to its final contests, the Kaneland High School girls basketball roster is seeing more things come its way, like wins.

Despite a close 52-48 loss at Marengo on Tuesday, the Lady Knights defeated Sycamore at home on Saturday night by a 50-45 margin and also took out Yorkville on Friday in a 58-44 road win.

The Lady Knights have gone 3-2 in their last five contests and sit at 7-17 with a 3-10 record in Western Sun Conference play.

Against the Indians, Sara Rose led the Lady Knights with 11 points and four steals.

Kaneland led 12-9 after the first quarter and maintained a 22-21 lead at halftime. KHS increased its lead to 39-33 after three quarters before Marengo pulled out the win in the fourth.

Against Sycamore, Katie Hatch had a game-high 17 points and seven rebounds, as the Lady Knights went 20-for-31 from the foul liine.

Sycamore led the game 11-9 after one frame and 26-18 at halftime before running wild over the Spartans in the third to tie the score at 33. Kaneland outscored Sycamore 17-12 to clinch it in the fourth.

Kaneland used the foul line to key its win over the Foxes as it went 20-for-30 from the foul line. Alyssa Galvan led KHS with 13 points and Brianna Hurst had 10.

The Lady Knights used baskets by Megan Nauert, Hurst and Emily Heimerdinger to go up 14-10 in the first and led 14-12 at the buzzer.

Up 18-14 in the second, the Lady Knights used shots by Andie Strang and Mallory Huml, along with two foul shots from Rose to go up 24-14 with 2:19 to go in the half. Kaneland led 28-21 at the halftime horn.

A third-quarter Yorkville run closed it to 36-31 before KHS scored the final bucked of the quarter thanks to a Galvan basket.

Hurst hit two shots to increase the lead to 42-33 with 6:53 left. Hatch’s three-point play effectively put the game out of reach at 47-35 with 4:02 to go. The win satisfied KHS coach Ernie Colombe, despite 20 turnovers.

“I thought we did a lot of things well, but that was disappointing in a sense that we just worked on that in practice. Yorkville fought hard after they lost (Alyssa) Harbin, who’s arguably their best player (due to second-quarter injury). But we had pretty good effort and hit a lot of free throws,” Colombe said.

“It was good to get a win even if it wasn’t out best game,” Galvan said. “But we’re looking forward to (Saturday’s win) and this game was important.”

Kaneland’s passing led to a good start, one that keyed the rest of the game, according to Galvan.

“When they’re playing zone we know we can’t make one pass and a shot, so passing the ball around gets the defense tired and that was one of our goals,” Galvan said.

The Lady Knights visit Sycamore on Friday, Feb. 13 to finish the regular season.

Lady Knights in rough stretch at beginning

            Kaneland High School girls basketball fans were probably hoping for a better start.

            The girls basketball team would be inclined to agree.

            Making its way to the usual Thanksgiving-time Burlington Central tournament, KHS dropped its first two outings on Saturday.

            Rockford Auburn got the best of Kaneland 51-48, and Woodstock used a prolific second quarter to handle KHS 63-45.

            On Monday, Kaneland dropped a 53-41 result to Marengo.

            The Lady Knights now sit at 0-4.

            Vs. the Rockford version of the Lady Knights, KHS outscored RAHS 13-8 in the first quarter, but Kaneland was on the receiving end of a 17-9 second quarter, making it 25-22 at halftime. Kaneland rallied to take a 34-33 at the end of the third before Rockford Auburn used an 18-14 fourth to close the game out.

            Kaneland was 17-for-56 from the field and 14-for-28 from the foul line. The Lady Knights also pulled down 31 rebounds.

            Sara Rose, Katie Hatch and Alyssa Galvan each had a team-high 10 points.

            Ninety minutes later, Kaneland faced the Blue Streaks of Woodstock and held close, trailing just 18-14 after one before getting blown by in the second frame to go down 39-21 at the end of the third quarter.

            Overall, the Lady Knights were 17-for-45 from the field but 5-for-10 from three-point range. KHS was 10-for-20 from the foul line, and pulled down 28 rebounds.

            Galvan scored a team-high 14 points with a team-high nine boards. Megan Nauert added seven.

            In the matchup with the Indians in Burlington, Rose had 10 points.

            After Tuesday night’s affair vs. St. Francis, the Lady Knights were to enter pool play on Wednesday night.

            Sophomore action had the Lady Knights fall to the visiting Rochelle Lady Hubs on Saturday by a 39-26 margin to fall to 0-2.

            Taylor Bradbury and Tesa Alderman supplied nine points each in the losing effort.

            KHS enters Western Sun Conference play on Tuesday, Dec. 2 against Glenbard South at 5:30 p.m.

Lady Knights look to keep arrow pointing up

Girls hoops using seven seniors for lift in WSC

by Mike Slodki

            Two years ago, the Lady Knights basketball squad, helmed by Ernie Colombe, limped toward a 5-21 mark.

            Last year, KHS improved to 10-16 with a 5-9 record in Western Sun Conference play and was 5.7 seconds away from ousting Burlington Central in the regionals before losing 49-48 last February.

            This year, the Lady Knights look to make more positive strides under Colombe in his third year.

            “We work hard,” Colombe said. “I know it sounds like a cliche, but we push these girls in practice, and they seem to respond well to that.”

            First off, the Lady Knights have to deal with departed Class of 2008 members Brittney Hankes, Lesley Winslow, Vickie Mathieu and Jackie Smith.

            Hankes is playing collegiately at Elgin Community College this winter.

            Forwards on the 2008-09 roster are seniors Brianna Hurst and Katie Hatch. Hatch is on for her fourth varsity year, and made all-WSC last year.

            “Day in, day out. No one works harder than Katie,” Colombe said.

            Junior forwards are Kaila Ingraham and Mallory Carlson, both new to the varsity ranks, and sophomore Megan Nauert joins the ranks as well.

            Guards are seniors Sara Rose, who brings an improved shot, according to Colombe, CeCe Anderson, Chassidy Mangers and defensive stopper Mallory Huml, along with new sophomore editions Emily Heimerdinger and Andie Strang.

            Senior Alyssa Galvan provides minutes at the center position.

            Colombe, along with assistant coach Tom Dillavan, thinks that the younger set of sophomores bring intangibles to the court.

            “Andie might be the best shooter in the program and gets up and down the court well. Emily is really improved and is working against Sara every day in practice and is so competitve. Megan can play around the basket and has a knack for scoring,” Colombe said.

            The Knights will have their hands full with Geneva (21-7 in 2007-08) and Batavia (21-5).

            After the opening matchup at Hampshire on Tuesday, the Lady Knights hop on over to Burlington Central for its annual Thanksgiving Tournament beginning on Saturday, Nov, 22. The first conference matchup is vs. Glenbard South on Tuesday, Dec. 2. The regular season ends for the Lady Knights on Friday, Feb. 13, 2009, at Sycamore.