Shane Hogan received first-place honors at the 2017 National Federation of Press Women High School Communications Contest for his entry “Football Interview” in the radio/television interview or talk show category.  The student at Homewood-Flossmoor High School in Homewood, Illinois, won first place in the same category in the Illinois Woman’s Press Association’s High School Contest.

All first place winners at the state level participated against entries submitted by some of the nation’s outstanding student communicators.

“Excellent! Relaxed, confident voice of the host comes through clearly–engaging the listener,” said the judges about Hogan’s entry. “Listener attention is masterfully retained via insightful, informed questions with deft lead-in set-ups. Congratulations on a first-class production on par with ESPN!”

In addition to a certificate, Hogan will receive a $100 prize for winning first place in his category.

Other IWPA participants who also won honors in the national contest include:

  • Environment, 2nd Place, “The heat: growing concern,” Ava Mandele, Erika Leeper, Caitlyn Rawers, Kaneland High School, Maple Park, Illinois
  • Sports Story, 3rd place, “Showing the boys who’s boss,” Natalie Trzeciak, Huntley High School, Huntley, Illinois
  • Opinion, Honorable Mention, Sanha Lim, “Moving Forward,” Maine West High School, Des Plaines, Illinois
  • Video Feature Story, Honorable mention, Anna Lane, “Eva Kor,” Homewood-Flossmoor High School.
  • Video Sports Story, Honorable Mention, Liam O’Connor and Ronnie Simon, “Field Hockey,” Homewood-Flossmoor High School.

The IWPA and NFPW High School Communications Contest inspire students to do outstanding work in their quest for excellence.  The NFPW Contest is one of the few national competitions for aspiring high school communicators.