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Looking for seniors planning media majors

Are you a graduating high school senior planning to major in journalism or a mass communications area?

Quill and Scroll International Honorary Society for High School Journalists wants you to apply for one of its scholarships. Postmark deadline is May 10.

Eight freshmen attended colleges and universities across the country this year after receiving Quill and Scroll scholarships that ranged from $500 to $1,500. We anticipate awarding a similar number of scholarships in that monetary range for the 2014-15 school year.

Sweepstakes and National winners of the Quill and Scroll Yearbook Excellence and the International Writing and Photo contests, winners of the Blogging Competition as well as Quill and Scroll Honor Society members are eligible to apply in their senior year.

Recipients will be notified in July, and scholarships are deposited in college accounts at the start of the school year after the awardees submit required information, a photo for promotional materials and an essay on the select topic.

More information and the application are available on the Quill and Scroll website.


Congratulations to 2012 Yearbook Excellence Contest Winners

Winners of the 2012 Yearbook Excellence Contest, sponsored by Walsworth Yearbooks and Quill and Scroll International Honorary Society for High School Journalists, have been announced.

Judges commended the heightened creativity of the winners. The judges also commented on the fine reporting, in-depth captions, and strong visual packages of the winning pieces. In addition, the theme development winners were cited for their unique designs and diligent work in producing creative yearbooks.

A total of 36 Sweepstakes Winners and 266 National Winners in 18 divisions were selected – one for each school category – from more than 2,000 entries. The categories are based on enrollment; class A is comprised of schools with 750 or more students and class B schools have 749 or fewer.

Sweepstakes Winners receive a plaque and National Winners receive Gold Keys. As seniors, all winners have the opportunity to apply for Quill and Scroll scholarships.

A complete list of Yearbook Excellence Contest winners has been posted.

2013 Writing and Photo Contest Features Blogging

A Blogging Competition for high school students has been added to the Quill and Scroll International Honorary Society Writing and Photo Contest. Other changes include a separate Writing and Photo Contest for Middle School and Junior High School students, and the addition of Photo Illustrations and Infographics categories in the high school contest.

Enter the Writing and Photo Contest and at the same time register for the 2013 News Media Evaluation to receive the 2012 NME Gallup Award winners PowerPoint presentation CD and save money. The full NME evaluation package is $65 and the ratings-only package is $50.

Entries should be postmarked no later than Feb. 5. The 2013 contest is co-sponsored by and

Quill and Scroll featured in Summer 2012 Adviser Update


Quill and Scroll International Honorary Society for High School Journalists was featured in an article in the Summer 2012 issue of Adviser Update, published by the Dow Jones News Fund.

The article, “Add a touch of class to your media program,” was written by Karen Flowers, who is director of the Southern Interscholastic Press Association and the South Carolina Scholastic Press Association.

Flowers offers ideas of how to best utilize Quill and Scroll resources to enhance scholastic journalism programs.

Download a copy of the article. Or read the entire issue! The cover story “Cultural interaction’s power” is written by Alan Weintraut, journalism teacher at Quill and Scroll member-school Annandale HS in Virginia, who recounts his involvement in the Student Journalism in China Program along with his students.


Read the Article Herecheck out the website here

Q&A: Advisers, why do you do what you do? By Mark Newton, JEA President

In his Fall 2012 JEA Column of Quill & Scroll magazine, Mark Newton shared his joys as a journalism adviser. He also shared those of other journalism teachers:

I love watching students carry real, honest and important conversations onto the page.” — Adam Dawkins, Regis Jesuit High School, Aurora, Colo.


Answers the current buzz ‘authentic learning’ with a slam dunk. Doesn’t get anymore authentic than a real product. Plus, journalism kids rock.” —Mitch Eden, Kirkwood High School, Kirkwood, Mo.


One of my students said, ‘Ms. Lawrenz, you teach your hobbies all day long.’ That is why I do it. I love my content and craft. I want others to as well.” —Heather Lawrenz, Blue Valley Southwest High School, Overland Park, Kan.


Personally, I have a passion for journalism and playing an important role in a free society. I get to share that passion with kids.” —Brad Lewis, Harrisonville High School, Harrisonville, Mo.


I love that there is always something happening. Love that it’s always changing. Love that it teaches skills beyond the book.” —Aaron Manfull, Frances Howell North High School, St. Charles, Mo.


I love how it is so easy to bring the world outside of the school walls into the classroom. Students learn applicable skills too!” —Beth Ramach Phillips, Frances Howell North High School, St. Charles, Mo.


I get to teach the subject that I’m most passionate about. And my students’ ‘homework’ can make a change.” —Matt Rasgorshek, Westside High School, Omaha, Neb.


No other class, activity or club offers students the opportunity to practice real-world skills and produce a valuable product.” —Tracy Anne Sena, Convent of the Sacred Heart High School, San Francisco.


Journalism teaches students to be people who seek out knowledge and truth and it has the ability to change the world.” —Matthew Schott, Frances Howell Central High School, St. Charles, Mo.


Journalism satisfies my own constant curiosity, and I love watching kids become more aware/connected to the world in the years I have them.” —Michael Snead, Colonial Forge High School, Stafford, Va.


I love working with motivated kids who actually feel a sense of responsibility and purpose.” —Jim Streisel, Carmel High School, Carmel, Ind.


I love to see students drive their own learning and fuel others to augment their perspectives. It enhances my hope in the future.” —Karen Wagner, Eaglecrest High School, Aurora, Colo.


Nothing quite like watching the pride and passion of students as they see their work come to life. Also, every day’s a new adventure.” —Nicole Wilson, Carmel High School, Carmel, Ind.

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