ILPC newspaper awards

For The Sidekick newspaper


The Interscholastic League Press Conference (ILPC) SpringJournalism Convention was last weekend at UT-Austin. ILPC is the largestscholastic journalism organization in Texas, as it is part of the UIL.Basically, our students entered contests in February and our newspaper andwebsite was judged against schools and students across the state. Winners wereannounced on Sunday.

Once again, our student journalists did very well! TheSidekick received a Silver Star Award (second highest ranking) and CoppellStudent Media  received a Gold Star Award(highest ranking). It marks the 2nd straight year received aGold Star and the first time for The Sidekick to receive a Silver Star, as ourprint edition received Bronze Stars the past two years. This is truly an honorfor the entire staff as all students played a role in these honors!

The newspaper and website also received Awards ofDistinguished Merit from ILPC, the highest level of recognition.

Individually, our students entered both print and onlinecategories and competed against other Class 5A students across the state.Students placing in the top 3 will receive medals and honorable mentionrecipients receive ribbons from the ILPC.

Online winners

1st place– Kimberly Del Angel (News Feature); Kristen Shepard (Entertainment Featureand Sports Column); Thomas Hair (Personal Opinion Column), Rowan Khazendar(Portrait); Thomas Hair (Blog)

2nd place– Jodie Woodward (General News Photo); Brian Hwu (Photo Story and ComputerArt)

3rd place– Mary Whitfill (Sports Feature); Sarah Police (Feature Writing); SammyRobben (Sports Column); Jodie Woodward (Feature Photo)

Honorable Mention – MadisonFord (Entertainment Feature); Trevor Stiff (General News Photo, Sports ActionPhoto and Sports Feature Photo); Jodie Woodward (Sports Action Photo andFeature Photo), Rachel Bush (Portrait)

Newspaper winners

3rd place –Michelle Pitcher (Personal Column, Personal Opinion Column, In-DepthNews/Feature Story), Lauren Ussery (In-Depth News/Feature Story), RowanKhazendar (Portrait)

Honorable Mention – Wren Culp (Entertainment Review), Brian Hwu (Editorial Review)

A link to all winners can be found at:

Congratulations to all individual winners and all members ofThe Sidekick staff! Thank you parents for your support!



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