School newspaper takes Best of Show award

By: April Lehmbeck | Grosse Pointe Times | Published December 5, 2012

WOODS — Journalism students at Grosse Pointe North prove they have a journalism savvy beyond their years every time they take home another award.

This year is more of the same when it comes to journalism excellence at the high school.

School newspaper North Pointe was a Best of Show recipient during the 2012 Journalism Education Association/National Scholastic Press Association Fall National High School Journalism Convention. That overall win wasn’t the only good news, since some students also won individual writing awards during the conference.

“We left San Antonio all smiles yesterday,” North journalism and yearbook teacher Shari Adwers said in an email after last month’s conference.

Some of the students in the journalism and yearbook program attended the conference.

North Pointe was recognized as Best in Show for its election issue.

During the conference, some students participated in write-off competitions.

Overall, more than 1,700 students participated in the write-off competitions with 679 receiving recognition.

From North, Emma Ockerman received a score of excellent in commentary writing,  Breann Reveley earned an honorable mention in the category of yearbook copy/caption in sports, and Kirsten Schoensee earned a score of excellent for a yearbook copy/caption for clubs.

“I was hyped,” Ockerman said of being recognized. “It was good.

“We learned some good journalism skills,” she said of the conference.

When it comes to the North Pointe newspaper, the students have a tradition in bringing home awards.

“We don’t try to focus on awards and we don’t write for awards, but when it happens, it is nice,” said Maria Liddane, North Pointe editor.

Yet, there is something about working hard to keep the momentum going from previous years.

“You want to keep up the pace,” Ockerman said.

“Issue after issue, it’s like, ‘What can we improve?’” she said.

The success of the past helps motivate each year’s newspaper staff.

“You kind of feel like you have to do well,” Liddane said of the quality reputation of the newspaper. “North Pointe quality is important.

“We’re always pushing for quality,” she said.