The Illinois Woman’s Press Association proudly celebrates the winners of the 2020 High School Contest.

This year, IWPA will move 12 first-place winners, representing three Illinois High Schools, on to compete in the National Federation of Press Women High School contest.

Those students, categories and their schools are:

Nick Decatoire, Broadcast or Video-Best Newscast, Huntley High School

Kayla Yakimisky, Yearbook Layout, Huntley High School

Victoria Smolen, Yearbook Photo, Huntley High School

Talia Duffy Yearbook Copywriting, Huntley High School

Ben Hilgen, Broadcast or Video-Radio/Television Interview, Homewood-Flossmoor High School

Eliana D’Astici, Broadcast or Video-Radio Prepared Report, Homewood-Flossmoor High School

Langston Johnson, Broadcast or Video-Video Feature Story, Homewood-Flossmoor High School

Ben Hilgen, Broadcast or Video-Video News Story, Homewood-Flossmoor High School

Harrison Linden, Graphics-Photo Illustration, Metea Valley High School

Leland Pan, Writing-Feature Story, Metea Valley High School

Myra Bajwa, Writing-News Story, Metea Valley High School

Jose Collado, Writing-Sports Story, Metea Valley High School.

Huntley High School captured the 2020 IWPA Silver Pen Award having accumulated the most points in the competition scoring four 1st -Place, five 2nd-Place, five-3rd Place and one Honorable Mention.

Here is the full list of winners:

CategoryRankFirst NameLast NameSchool
Best Newscast1st PlaceNickDecatoireHuntley High School – Raider Nation News
Radio / Television Interview or Talk Show1st PlaceBenHilgenHomewood-Flossmoor High School
Radio / Television Interview or Talk Show2nd PlaceJacobHabelHuntley High School – Raider Nation News
Radio Prepared Report1st PlaceElianaD’AsticiHomewood-Flossmoor High School
Radio Prepared Report2nd PlaceJackieKlupchakHomewood-Flossmoor High School
Radio Prepared Report3rd PlaceEthanEisenbergHomewood-Flossmoor High School
Radio Prepared ReportHonorable MentionAderemiKasaliHomewood-Flossmoor High School
Video Feature Story1st PlaceLangstonJohnsonHomewood-Flossmoor High School
Video Feature Story2nd PlaceNickDecatoireHuntley High School – Raider Nation News
Video News Story1st PlaceBenTurnquestHomewood-Flossmoor High School
Video News Story2nd PlaceLillyDonkelHomewood-Flossmoor High School
Video News Story3rd PlaceNickDecatoireHuntley High School – Raider Nation News
Video Sports Story2nd PlaceBenHamerHomewood-Flossmoor High School
Graphics / Photo Illustration1st PlaceHarrisonLindenMetea Valley High School
Feature Story1st PlaceLelandPanMetea Media/Stampede
Feature Story2nd PlaceLillieGeorgeLion Newspaper
Feature Story3rd PlaceClaireWilliamsLyons Township High School
News Story1st PlaceMyraBajwaMetea Valley High School
News Story2nd PlaceKatrinaViloriaMetea Valley High School
News Story3rd PlaceLillieGeorgeLion Newspaper
News StoryHonorable MentionJessicaVelazquezMetea Valley High School
Review3rd PlaceMaggieRhoadsBenet Herald
Sports Story1st PlaceJoseColladoMetea Valley High School
Sports Story3rd PlaceAlexBedoreMetea Valley High School
Sports StoryHonorable MentionTylerPerryMetea Valley High School
Yearbook Copywriting1st PlaceTaliaDuffyHuntley High School Harmony Yearbook
Yearbook Copywriting2nd PlaceTaliaDuffyHuntley High School Harmony Yearbook
Yearbook Copywriting3rd PlaceKaylaYakimiskyHuntley High School Harmony Yearbook
Yearbook CopywritingHonorable MentionKaylaYakimiskyHuntley High School Harmony Yearbook
Yearbook Layout1st PlaceKaylaYakimiskyHuntley High School Harmony Yearbook
Yearbook Layout2ndKaylaYakimiskyHuntley High School
Yearbook Layout3rdNicholasPrattHuntley High School Harmony Yearbook
Yearbook Photo1stVictoriaSmolenHuntley High School Harmony Yearbook
Yearbook Photo2nd VictoriaSmolenHuntley High School Harmony Yearbook
Yearbook Photo3rd MeganSpoerleinHuntley High School Harmony Yearbook