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Journalists learn, receive accolades at Boston national convention

Jayna Rumble
From Nov. 1-5, student journalists attended the JEA/NSPA Fall National High School Journalism Convention in Boston, where they explored the city, competed in contests and won numerous awards.

U-High student journalists attended the JEA/NSPA Fall National High School Journalism Convention in Boston Nov. 1-5, where they attended educational sessions, competed in writing and photography contests, received numerous awards and explored the city of Boston while learning about its history. 

The U-High Midway was one of 16 high school newspapers to be recognized nationally with the National Scholastic Press Association’s Newspaper Pacemaker Award for the 2022-23 editions, its 16th time to be a finalist or winner for the award. The Midway also received third place in the NSPA Best of Show competition for schools under 1,800 enrollment, and U-Highlights received 10th place for the 2023 yearbook.

Students participated in JEA National Student Media Contests, timed competitions that test journalism skills. Photojournalists received a critique of their pre-submitted work.

  • Superior: Danny Baeza, general/spot news
  • Excellent: Jaya Alenghat, news writing
  • Excellent: Light Dohrn, review writing
  • Excellent: Declan Smith, yearbook copy/caption: student life
  • Honorable mention: Chloë Alexander, feature writing
  • Honorable mention, Abhay Chandran, yearbook copy/caption: academics
  • Honorable mention, Alex Diamond, feature photo
  • Honorable mention, Malia Maki, yearbook copy/caption: clubs
  • Honorable mention, Kaden Moubayed, photo portfolio
  • Honorable mention, Peyton Palmer, first-year photo
  • Honorable mention: Victoria Washington, commentary writing

NSPA recognized 11 U-High students and alumni with individual awards for work in the 2022-23 school year.

Along with the competitions students were able to explore Boston, and attended a guided historic tour of the city. They also walked the Freedom Trail, and learned about significant events in Boston’s history.

Students listen on their guided historic tour of Boston, where they walked the Freedom Trail and learned about interesting events in Boston’s history.

“We went to this really cool graveyard and while we were doing the graveyard Ms. Rumble put together this scavenger hunt for us,” Chloë Alexander, the Midway’s arts editor, said. “We also got a lot of chances to explore Boston, just by walking around and being able to go get lunch on our own.”

At the conference the students attended sessions and presentations to teach them more about journalism.

“My favorite was Power Revisions, to become a better writer and editor,” Chloë said. “The woman who was doing the session was very energetic, and she gave us a lot of ideas that I would hope to implement in our own newsroom to help improve all of our writers.”

Malia Maki, U-Highlights staff member, explained that she attended a presentation by members of the Boston Globe’s Spotlight investigative team, who spoke about their careers and how important journalism is.

“There was a lot of valuable information that they gave,” Malia said. “Particularly I liked the keynote presentation. I thought it was really motivating.”

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Haley Maharry
Haley Maharry, Reporter
Haley Maharry is a member of the Class of 2024, and serves as a reporter. Her favorite piece she has done is an audio story called “Fencing team members find new opportunity in fencing P.E. elective.” Outside of journalism, Haley listens to horror podcasts and acts in U-High's theater.
Jayna Rumble
Jayna Rumble, Adviser
Jayna Rumble, MJE, joined the journalism department at University of Chicago Laboratory High School in September 2019. At Lab, she advises U-High Photojournalism and the U-Highlights yearbook staff in addition to teaching Beginning Journalism. Previously, she advised publications and taught journalism and English classes at Troy (Michigan) High School. Before moving to Chicago, she held several roles for the Michigan Interscholastic Press Association, including the summer journalism workshop’s administrative office director as well as a trustee on that organization’s board of directors. Outside of school, she spends lots of time with her family and runs a family and lifestyle photography business.
  • 2018 Rising Star Award, Journalism Education Association
  • 2010 Future Teacher Scholarship Award, Journalism Education Association

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