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The Minnesota High School Press Association has presented its 2011 Journalism Educator of the Year honor to Ryan McCallum of Buffalo High School and adviser to the Tatanka yearbook, Hoofprint newspaper and hoofprint.net website. McCallum was recognized during a newspaper staff meeting at the school on May 11, 2011. McCallum teaches English language arts and is the technology integration specialist at the school.

Selection criteria for the award include teaching/advising preparation, experience and ability; relationships with students and others; contributions to the profession; promoting appreciation for journalism and as a career; and support for the First Amendment.

McCallum’s experience in scholastic journalism began in 1994 as a student journalist at Buffalo High School, and continued at Concordia College in Moorhead, where he graduated in 2001. He has been teaching at Buffalo High School since 2001 and began advising the yearbook in 2002, the newspaper in 2003 and the website in 2004.

McCallum’s accomplishments at Buffalo High School include restarting the Hoofprint newspaper, which had been dormant for three years. In 2003, just 24 students were enrolled in journalism classes. In 2010, 270 students took journalism. The student publications have earned top state honors, and the website was named a national Pacemaker Award winner this spring, one of 18 websites to receive the honor.

McCallum’s students nominated him for the award. In their letters of support, they praised his teaching skills as well as his ability to relate to students and help them grow as young adults. Michael LaCroix, yearbook editor in chief, wrote that McCallum creates a classroom environment that feeds on curiosity, ingenuity and creative risk-taking. “He places more weight on creating something new than doing something old perfectly.”

Valerie Ostvig, the newspaper’s co-editor in chief, wrote, “He has achieved [success] by challenging us to be original and inform the student body with the most prudent of topics. He advises us in a way that encourages creativity, responsibility and has produced results.”

Elena Potek, news editor of The Echo at St. Louis Park High School in St. Louis Park, has been named the 2011 Minnesota Journalist of the Year. Potek and other State Journalists of the Year were recognized at the JEA/NSPA National High School Journalism Convention in Anaheim in April. All state winners competed for the National Journalist of the Year award. A listing of all state award recipients can be found here.

Potek has been involved with student journalism since her sophomore year and said that journalism granted her some of the most challenging and rewarding intellectual experiences of her high school career. Potek said, “Journalism taught me how to be responsible in meeting deadlines and working with others to create a publication that gave the high school student body a strong voice.”

During her junior year, Poetek covered the reconfiguration of the St. Louis Park School District. Potek didn’t just cover the issue in one story, she covered it extensively, using five stories to present the process and follow-up information. She attended community and school board meetings to learn all she could in order to complete fair and balanced coverage.

Potek’s big story during her senior year was equally challenging and controversial. In November, a student allegedly stole his mother’s car, held up two separate convenience stores in Iowa and fatally shot two clerks. Potek obtained police reports from both jurisdictions, and interviewed people from the communities impacted by the shootings. Adviser Lori Keekley said, “While doing her work on the story, she was called to the office and questioned as to what she knew. Although she felt bullied by this incident, she held her ground and published only the facts she knew to be correct.”

With administration withholding comments, and staff disallowed to comment, Potek still persevered. By working quickly, Potek gathered information about teachers who formerly worked with the student. However, she was told by administration that she would not be allowed to interview them. Potek said, “I was called to the office of the vice-principal and was asked to divulge my sources and information I had gained. Using my rights as a student writer who was not under the legal jurisdiction of the school district, I chose not to reveal this information.”

Potek worked with the offices of two county attorneys where the murders occurred and obtained court documents and affidavits. She also spoke to community members in Iowa and called the student’s parents asking for comment. Potek said, “Never before had I written a piece that was so high profile and controversial. This story gave me a greater sensitivity in working with others and in understanding my rights as a journalist.”

Potek is considering the study of clinical psychology in college. She plans to take the skills she has learned through her high school journalism experiences and apply them to whatever field she chooses. Keekley said, “The students who write for the news page often comment on how easy it was to work with Elena. She is an excellent role model for the staff.”

Second Place winner was Jakki Thompson, editor of the St. Francis High School Crier newspaper.

 

MHSPA Guthrie Event Winners

The winners of the 2011 MHSPA Guthrie event are as follows:

Nadja Leonard-Hooper–St. Paul Academy

Olivia Delviscio–Eden Prairie High School

Kia Farhang–Mounds View High School

Crystal McClean–Champlin Park High School

 

MHSPA/MN Wild Event Winners

The 2011 MN Wild event winners are as follows:

Photo winner: Cristina Anfang, Minnehaha Academy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Broadcast winners: Jordan Wipf and Eric Sipe, Eastview

View the winning broadcast production here.

Story winner: Gary Nielsen, Robbinsdale Cooper

A Life of Hockey

By Gary Nielsen, Robbinsdale Cooper

The Xcel Energy Center has been home to the Minnesota Wild since 2000. Now it is also home to first year assistant coach Darby Hendrickson.

Hendrickson was one of the original Wild players and became a fan favorite in his playing days. In fact, he was the first player to score a goal in Wild history.

“It’s fun to be back and part of the Wild,” Hendrickson said.

Hendrickson was born in Richfield. When he was a child, Hendrickson suffered what he called “the worst” injury he ever has had. It was an eye injury and according to Hendrickson, the doctors gave him a 50-50 chance to see again. It was his ability to overcome adversity that would later help him persevere in hockey.

“What separates the top level is the mental part to deal with adversity,” Hendrickson said.

Hendrickson later enjoyed a successful high school career. In his senior season, Hendrickson was named Minnesota Mr. Hockey for 1991.

“High school hockey was really unique. Being able to play in the state tournament…it was like a dream come true,” Hendrickson said.

After high school, Hendrickson played hockey for the University of Minnesota. In his two seasons at Minnesota, Hendrickson collected 82 points (37-45).

When his time with the Gophers was over, Hendrickson went on to play for Toronto Maple Leafs American Hockey League affiliate. Hendrickson had earlier been drafted by Toronto in the 1990 NHL entry draft.

1994 was a particularly eventful year for Hendrickson. He played for the United States in the 1994 Winter Olympics. Later in the year, Hendrickson made his NHL debut for Toronto, playing two games in the Stanley Cup Finals.

“Playing in the Olympics was an unbelievable experience for me,” Hendrickson said.

After playing seven seasons in the NHL, Hendrickson finally came back home to play for the expansion Wild squad in 2000. Hendrickson scored 60 points while playing just over three seasons for the Wild. He was traded to the Avalanche during the 2003-2004 season. Hendrickson eventually retired from hockey after the 2006-2007 season.

“There’s still part of you that would love to play,” Hendrickson said.

At the start of the 2010 season, Hendrickson was hired to the Wild coaching staff as an assistant coach, after working for FSN North as a broadcaster.

“I hadn’t really thought about [coaching] when I was a player. My father was a coach for a few years. I was open to it when I was a player. You just never know if you’re going to get that opportunity,” Hendrickson said.

As a coach, Hendrickson has a good connection with the players on the Wild. He even played with several of them during his career.

During game days, Hendrickson is located above the ice watching the video of the game.

“I think what impresses me the most is the time and preparation that goes into coaching,” Hendrickson said.

This year, the Wild have had a lot of turnover on the roster compared to last year. Hendrickson pointed that out as a reason for some of the good things that the team has been able to accomplish this year.

“I think we’ve had some positives,” Hendrickson said. “It’s added some personality to the team.”

Hendrickson also said that a lot of NHL players have small “superstitions.” In reality, though, these superstitions are just part of their routine according to Hendrickson.

“A lot of superstitions are just routine. Some guys want to be the first guy on the ice, some like to be the last one off,” Hendrickson said.

 

2011 Minnesota Journalism Educator of the Year nominations now being accepted

Any student, parent, colleague or community member can nominate a Minnesota journalism educator for the award. The deadline for nominations is April 20, 2011. The entry form can be downloaded here.

2011 MHSPA Gold Medallion contest entry now open

All Minnesota high school and junior high student journalists are eligible to apply for these awards, due Sept. 16, 2011. Online entries are due June 17, 2011. Winners will be recognized at a special ceremony at the Fall NSPA/JEA National High School Journalism Convention in Minneapolis. Download the entry form here.

2011 MHSPA North Star awards now open

The MHSPA North Star awards recognize individual students in Minnesota who have excelled as journalists, leaders and scholars. Entries are due by May 13, 2011, and the entry form may be downloaded here.

2011 All-State Publications contest entry open

All publications staffs in Minnesota are encouraged to enter this general excellence contest. Winners will be recognized at a special ceremony at the Fall NSPA/JEA National High School Journalism Convention in Minneapolis. Print entries are due Sept. 16, 2011, and online entries are due June 17, 2011. Download the entry form here.

Please call MHSPA at 612-625-8335 or e-mail to info@studentpress.org with any questions. We look forward to your participation in our contest opportunities.

 

MHSPA and the Minnesota Wild will offer the Sports Journalism contest at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul on Feb. 8, 2011. Writers, photographers and broadcast teams will get a tour, watch a practice and interview people associated with the Wild, including a player. Download this form for more information: Wild 2011

MHSPA and the Journalism Educators of Minnesota will offer the Arts Journalism/Review Writing contest in conjunction with the Guthrie Theater on Feb. 16, 2011, in Minneapolis. The play that students will watch and review is “The Winter’s Tale,” and the $10 fee includes ticket and lunch. Ticket admission has generously been covered by a grant to the Guthrie. Download the form here for more information: Guthrie 2011

2011 JEA/NSPA National Convention in Minneapolis update
Members of the planning meeting met during the 2010 fall convention in Kansas City. The committee members attending also wore promotional T-shirts and distributed stickers to promote the 2011 convention. The next committee meeting will be in the first two weeks of January. Contact co-chairs Laurie Hansen (HansenL@stillwater.k12.MN.us) or Lori Keekley (Keekley@gmail.com) to get involved or be added to the update list.

Congratulations to Minnesota winners of NSPA Best of Show in Kansas City!
+ Newspaper 9-12 Pages: First Place, Echo, St. Louis Park HS; 10th Place, Ahlahasa, Albert Lea HS
+ Newspaper Special Edition: 7th Place, Ahlahasa, Albert Lea HS
+ Literary Magazine: 4th Place, i-Mag, Ahlahasa, Albert Lea HS
+ Publication Website (Small School): 6th Place, Knight Errant, Benilde St. Margaret’s School; 7th Place, Echo, St. Louis Park HS

Congratulations to Minnesota winners of JEA Write-off Contests in Kansas City!

Newswriting, honorable mention: Kelsey Reid, St. Louis Park HS; Amber Bergland, Albert Lea HS; Bennett Winton, Blake School; Emma Eldred, Benilde-St. Margaret’s School
Editorial Writing, excellent: Alex Kersten, St. Louis Park HS
Sports Writing, honorable mention: Giula Imholte, Benilde-St. Margaret’s School
Editorial Cartooning, excellent: Anissa Nelson, Albert Lea HS
Yearbook Cover/Endsheets, honorable mention: Kaci Mobley, Champlin Park HS

NSPA Members: Contest deadlines approaching
If you are also a member of the National Scholastic Press Association, please note these upcoming deadlines. Forms are available at NSPA’s website: http://www.studentpress.org/nspa/
+ Dec. 3: 2009-10 critiques due
+ Jan. 18: Yearbook, Magazine and Online Pacemaker entries due
+ Feb. 15: NSPA Journalism Honor Roll, Honor Roll Scholarships and Wikoff Scholarships due

Got a suggestion or comment?
As always, if you have questions, comments or suggestions, feel free to let us know. Send an e-mail to logan@studentpress.org.

Two years ago two charter buses full of Minnesota high school journalists and advisers traveled to the JEA/NSPA Fall National High School Journalism Convention. A similar experience is being planned for this year’s fall convention in Kansas City for KC Converge, Nov. 11-14 at the Kansas City Marriott Downtown and Convention Center.

Riley Worth, adviser in Albert Lea, Minn., is putting together a bus trip, scheduled to leave Thursday morning, Nov. 11, returning Sunday evening, Nov. 14. Tentatively, the bus would do one or two pick ups in the Twin Cities area between 7:30 and 8:30 a.m., then travel south on I-35, stopping again in Albert Lea for a final pick up around 10 a.m.

The bus would arrive in Kansas City around 4 p.m. and would leave Sunday after the awards ceremony (around noon).

If you are interested, here are some important dates/deadlines:

1) Oct. 1 — An approximate number of riders (students + chaperones) from your group. This will help get an estimation of the per-rider cost (advisers/chaperones ride free).

2) Oct. 22 — An exact number of riders, so that school districts can be billed.

Obviously, the more riders, the cheaper the cost. The cost per bus is approximately $3,500 ($3,000, plus driver’s hotel room per night). I think the maximum riders per bus is around 50 (so about 40 students).

It’d be great to have two busses near maximum capacity.

If you have any questions, please contact Riley Worth at rworth@albertlea.k12.mn.us or 507-271-2783 (cell) or 507-379-5807 (school extension).

Aug. 27, 2010
Dear Minnesota journalism educator,

As you begin the new school year, we’re also making a fresh start for the Minnesota High School Press Association. Based on adviser feedback, we’ve worked to increase the strength and quality of Minnesota journalism over the past few years. Now, we are ready to really turn up the heat!

It starts with you. Help us serve you by committing your membership and involvement by updating your information. Let us know if the adviser or contact information has changed. We’ll use that information to maintain an updated directory of Minnesota journalism programs. You can send updates to info@studentpress.org.

Expect opportunities for your students to refine their journalism skills through intense and enriching seminars and workshops. We kick off the school year with our annual state convention on Tuesday, Oct. 12 at Coffman Memorial Union at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. It’s a full day of learning and sharing from the best journalists in the region — and at an affordable price. Plus, a day on campus in October is sure to be a fun experience. Download a registration form here. Please return that form as soon as possible, so we can make this year’s convention a great success. Download the convention flier here.

If you’ve been active in MHSPA, thanks for your continued support. If you haven’t, we want to assure you we always keep in mind the reasons why MHSPA exists: to serve the students and advisers of Minnesota, to help them improve and to develop an interest in journalism. Download the MHSPA membership form here. Membership in MHSPA is just $39 per publication or broadcast, and it’s included for members of the National Scholastic Press Association, where basic membership is $109. For more information and forms, visit our Web site: nspa.studentpress.org.

Preparing to host the national convention. A group of advisers met last spring and over the summer to lay the groundwork for the 2011 JEA/NSPA National High School Journalism Convention. The official kickoff will be Sept. 25 at 9 a.m. at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Minneapolis. There are planning roles for every level of commitment and regardless of where you live in Minnesota. Local co-chairs Laurie Hansen and Lori Keekley have already done a great job of organizing things.

Get some help or share your knowledge. Participate in the state mentorship program, which is called “MNtors.” Whether you are a new teacher or even someone who’s taught a while but is taking a new assignment, we can match you with someone experienced in that area. And, if you’re an experienced veteran, we need you to share what you know!

The 2010-11 school year will be more exciting time than ever to be in student media in Minnesota. I hope you’ll be part of making the programs successful.

Sincerely,

Logan H. Aimone, MJE
Executive Director

P.S. — We’re on on Facebook! Look for Minnesota High School Press Association and become a fan. Stay in touch and network with your peers. You can let us know if you’re attending our events and discuss issues of concern. So can your students, so tell them, too!

Upcoming important dates to remember:

Sept. 10, 2010: Deadline for MHSP Gold Medallions awards. Download the entry form here. Deadline for All State publications contest. Download the entry form here.

Sept. 25, 2010: Local Committee meeting for 2011 JEA/NSPA National High School Journalism Convention, Hyatt Minneapolis, 9 a.m.

Oct. 12, 2010: State Convention: Coffman Memorial Union, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. Download the registration form here.

Nov. 11-14, 2010: National High School Journalism Convention, Kansas City, Mo. Download the promo brochure here.

The Minnesota High School Press Association has presented its 2010 Journalism Educator of the Year honor to Lori Keekley of St. Louis Park High School and adviser to the Echo newspaper. Keekley was recognized during the newspaper class at the school on May 24, 2010. She has been teaching at St. Louis Park High School since 2002.

Selection criteria for the award include teaching/advising preparation, experience and ability; relationships with students and others; contributions to the profession; promoting appreciation for journalism and as a career; and support for the First Amendment.

The newspaper program at St. Louis Park has long been among the top in Minnesota and in the nation. The Echo is an avenue for free expression for students and a vehicle showcasing outstanding reporting, writing and design both in print and online. Recent awards for the staff of the Echo include Second Place in the Best of Show contest at the national convention in Washington, D.C., in November 2009. In 2007, the paper was a finalist for the top national award, the Pacemaker, from the National Scholastic Press Association, and in 2006, it earned a Gold Crown from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association. Individual students have also earned numerous honors.

One of her colleagues, Laurie Hansen of Stillwater Area High School, the 2008 Journalism Educator of the Year, nominated Keekley for the award. “It has been satisfying and exciting to share time with a person of her caliber and talent, and I am merely one teacher of many who has had the privilege of working with her.” Other journalism teachers from around Minnesota shared the praise for Keekley.

Keekley is an accomplished educator and recently earned certification as a Master Journalism Educator through the Journalism Education Association. She teaches editorial leadership at the summer workshop sponsored by the National Scholastic Press Association at the University of Minnesota. She has also taught workshops and convention seminars around the nation.

Keekley holds a master’s degree in journalism education through the University of Missouri, Columbia, and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Indiana University, where she was a copy editor for the newspaper and editor in chief of the yearbook. She taught high school journalism for three years in Indiana, before joining the staff of the National Scholastic Press Association in Minneapolis as its director of national contests and critiques from 1998-2000.

Congratulations to the students selected as the 2010 MHSPA North Star Editors, North Star Journalists and Distinguished Journalists. The MHSPA North Star Awards recognize student journalists who have excelled as journalists, leaders and scholars.

North Star Editors served on their publication’s staff for at least two years, including one year in an editorial position, and achieved at least a 3.75 grade point average on a 4.0 scale.

North Star Journalists served on their publication’s staff for at least one year and achieved at least a 3.75 grade point average on a 4.0 scale.

Distinguished Journalists served on their publication’s staff for at least two years and achieved at least a 2.75 grade point average on a 4.0 scale.

2010 North Star Editors:

Alana Patrick, Minnehaha Academy, Minneapolis, Minn.

Anne Hart, St. Paul Academy and Summit School, St. Paul, Minn.

Devon Sandberg, St. Paul Academy and Summit School, St. Paul, Minn.

Katie Sauer, Minnehaha Academy, Minneapolis, Minn.

Laura Gengler, Eastview HS, Apple Valley, Minn.

Leah Sorensen, St. Paul Academy and Summit School, St. Paul, Minn.

Liga Krievans, Minnehaha Academy, Minneapolis, Minn.

Mackenzie Pacovsky, Orono HS, Long Lake, Minn.

Maddie Butler, St. Paul Academy and Summit School, St. Paul, Minn.

Molly Placeway, Eastview HS, Apple Valley, Minn.

Rosalind Mowitt, St. Paul Academy and Summit School, St. Paul, Minn.

2010 North Star Journalists:

Allison Wang, St. Paul Academy and Summit School, St. Paul, Minn.

Breanna Schlegel, Eastview HS, Apple Valley, Minn.

Brigid Kelly, Minnehaha Academy, Minneapolis, Minn.

Edward Xie, St. Paul Academy and Summit School, St. Paul, Minn.

Holly Johnson, Minnehaha Academy, Minneapolis, Minn.

Jennifer Gardner, Orono HS, Long Lake, Minn.

Lyly Nguyen, Columbia Heights HS, Columbia Heights, Minn.

Meera Goswitz, Minnehaha Academy, Minneapolis, Minn.

Mollie Day, Eastview HS, Apple Valley, Minn.

Rachel Kinney, St. Paul Academy and Summit School, St. Paul, Minn.

Rebecca Xu, St. Paul Academy and Summit School, St. Paul, Minn.

Rob Wietecha, Eastview HS, Apple Valley, Minn.

2010 Distinguished Journalists:

Alex Wieber, Columbia Heights HS, Columbia Heights, Minn.

Amy Palmby, Eastview HS, Apple Valley, Minn.

Andrew Melroe, Eastview HS, Apple Valley, Minn.

Anna Eskola, Orono HS, Long Lake, Minn.

Anthony Sicoli, Minnehaha Academy, Minneapolis, Minn.

Ashley Engstrom, Eastview HS, Apple Valley, Minn.

Averi Haugesag, Eastview HS, Apple Valley, Minn.

Ben Paulus, Eastview HS, Apple Valley, Minn.

Brian Patten, Eastview HS, Apple Valley, Minn.

Cristina Anfang, Minnehaha Academy, Minneapolis, Minn.

Gabbi Stienstra, Minnehaha Academy, Minneapolis, Minn.

Genevieve Cossette, Orono HS, Long Lake, Minn.

Grace Haugen, Minnehaha Academy, Minneapolis, Minn.

Hayley Trace, Eastview HS, Apple Valley, Minn.

Iman Jafri, St. Paul Academy and Summit School, St. Paul, Minn.

Jordan Wipf, Eastview HS, Apple Valley, Minn.

Joseph Goldfarb, St. Paul Academy and Summit School, St. Paul, Minn.

Joseph Nelson, Eastview HS, Apple Valley, Minn.

Julia Mitrenga, Eastview HS, Apple Valley, Minn.

Katelyn Schnobrich, Eastview HS, Apple Valley, Minn.

Katrina Harper, Columbia Heights HS, Columbia Heights, Minn.

Kelly Uhrich, Eastview HS, Apple Valley, Minn.

Lauren Panzer, Orono HS, Long Lake, Minn.

Libby Kruse, Orono HS, Long Lake, Minn.

Liz Hawkins, Eastview HS, Apple Valley, Minn.

Madeline Karon, St. Paul Academy and Summit School, St. Paul, Minn.

Maggie Ellis, Orono HS, Long Lake, Minn.

Marissa Hernandez, Orono HS, Long Lake, Minn.

Matthew Mittelsteadt, Eastview HS, Apple Valley, Minn.

Melinda Mataya, Eastview HS, Apple Valley, Minn.

Nadja Leonhard-Hooper, St. Paul Academy and Summit School, St. Paul, Minn.

Naja Harvey, Orono HS, Long Lake, Minn.

Nicholas Sinn, Eastview HS, Apple Valley, Minn.

Nicole Trummer, Eastview HS, Apple Valley, Minn.

Rachel Wilensky, St. Paul Academy and Summit School, St. Paul, Minn.

Samantha Anderson, Eastview HS, Apple Valley, Minn.

Scott Sikich, Eastview HS, Apple Valley, Minn.

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