The Indiana Professional Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists is pleased to announce its 2010 scholarship winners, Michelle Hu of Carmel High School and Emily Theis of Southport High School.
Hu and Theis were chosen based on a combination of their grades, extra-curricular media activities and an essay on the topic, “As a future journalist, how do you think journalists can make a difference?”
Each earns a one-time scholarship of $2,500. The chapter’s scholarships are funded by proceeds from the annual Best in Indiana Journalism competition.
Michelle Hu is a senior in the top three percent of her class at Carmel High School. She was a National Scholastic Press Association Multimedia Story of the Year finalist. In 2009, she was one of 42 attendees of J Camp, a prestigious multicultural experience for aspiring high school journalists sponsored by the Asian American Journalists Association. Michelle has worked for three years in leadership roles on Carmel’s student newspaper, HiLite. This year she served as editor-in-chief, overseeing an 80-member staff. She is also Youth Director and editor for Y-Press, a youth news media outlet. James Streisel, Michelle’s newspaper adviser at Carmel, says this about her: “She understands the news and, more importantly, the role of the media in covering that news. She understands her audience and what that audience needs and wants to know to be informed, educated and entertained.
Emily Theis is a senior at Southport High School, where she ranks seventh out of 480 students. She spent a year as a features reporter on her school paper and was promoted to managing editor of content this year. She has attended the National Scholastic Press Association’s national convention in Washington D.C. as well as Ball State University’s annual J-Day convention. Last year, Emily received not one, but two first place awards in a contest sponsored by the Women’s Press Club of Indiana. The awards were for coverage of the environment and feature writing. Her journalism teacher at Southport, Mike Klopfenstein, says Emily is one of the best student writers he’s ever advised: “She writes with impressive mastery of language and flow, and she takes pride in her ability to tackle big projects, constructing complex pieces of writing that require synthesis of massive amounts of information.”
Here are their winning essays:
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