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ETHS Student Newspaper Named Best Overall Publication by Illinois Journalism Educators Association

May 19, 2023  3:50pm CT


Cover page of the March 15, 2023 issue of The Evanstonian.
Issue of The Evanstonian student newspaper (March 15, 2023)


The Evanstonian, Evanston Township High School’s (ETHS) official student newspaper, was named best overall publication (for schools with over 2,700 students) in the Illinois Journalism Educators Association’s (IJEA) 2022-23 Newspaper and Digital News Media Contest.


The IJEA contest recognized the work Illinois high school journalists produced from March 2022 to March 2023. In all, The Evanstonian received 31 awards: 11 first-place awards, nine second-place awards, seven third-place awards, and six honorable mentions:


1st place (11)


Best overall publication, The Evanstonian

Best hybrid publication, The Evanstonian

Best feature story, Jilian Denlow & Isabella Martinez — Soup for the Soul

Best in-depth story, Jessica Sehgal, Bridget Baker, Marin Ubersox, Milo Slevin — A historical tug of war

Best multimedia story package, Sadie Dowhan & Jordin Kadiri — Kadiri’s Kitchen: Boba!

Best personality profile, Mae Luning — Pep-pering jokes from YAMO, to SNL, to Boom Chicago

Best photo story, Isaac Suarez Flint, Tanya Weisman, Ahania Soni — When do we want it? Now

Best sports commentary, Jeremy Schoen — The Bears’ plan to move to Arlington Heights will improve fan experience

Best sports feature story, Jessica Sehgal — Athletic trainers: the backbone of ETHS sports

Best staff editorial, Jessica Sehgal — In addressing safety, ETHS must center student experience

Best use of social media, Sadie Dowhan — ETHS Instagram


2nd place (9)


Best alternative storytelling, Ahania Soni — Campbell talks new role, fresh vision

Best editorial cartoon, Nina Ferrer Pipeline

Best front-page design, Ahania Soni, Kupu Sumi, Jessica Sehgal, Meg Houseworth, Jillian Arnyai — Evanstonian March issue cover

Best humorous commentary, Leah Johnson — Brunching in Evanston: the divine right of humankind

Best personality profile, Jilian Denlow & Izabella Paracuelles — Serving validation, connection … and caffeine

Best sports commentary, Alexis Rogers — Gender discrimination plagues athletes, even 50 years after Title IX

Best sports news story, Alexis Rogers — Girls basketball celebrates 50 years of Title IX after loss to Hersey in E-Town Showdown

Best staff editorial, Jessica Sehgal — Students, community must support measures to protect teaching truth, critical thought in schools

Best video story, Sadie Dowhan, Jordin Kadiri — Kadiri’s Kitchen: Boba!


3rd place (7)


Best editorial cartoon, Ahania Soni — White-washed

Best infographic, Mack Jones — Massacres in the U.S. - 1864-1868

Best news or feature photo, Stella Hansen — Page 2 of December issue

Best news story, Milo Slevin — Evanston concludes year-long search for City Manager

Best photo gallery, Isaac Suarez Flint & Tanya Weisman — Six months of climate action in Chicago

Best serious commentary, Sophia Sherman — ‘NIMBY’ in Evanston

Best website, Mack Jones —


Honorable mention (6)


Best alternative storytelling, Sadie Dowhan — Taylor Swift songs to listen to when…

Best centerspread story package, Jessica Sehgal, Kupu Sumi — Just a 30-minute cab ride away

Best front-page design, Ahania Soni, Jessica Sehgal, Meg Houseworth, Kupu Sumi — Evanstonian October issue front cover

Best infographic, Ahania Soni — City of Evanston by grocery store

Best review, Clara Gustafson — Bagel Art Cafe

Best sports news story, Owen Chiss — Adams dominates paint on both ends in boys basketball win over GBN


For more information about the contest winners, visit the IJEA website.