Spotlight earns three firsts from WPCI


staff report

The Spotlight earned three first place awards in the Woman’s Press Club of Indiana annual high school journalism contest. The contest covers material published from Feb. 1, 2021 to Jan. 31, 2022.

First place awards went to 2021 graduate Denise Gimlich for an editorial she wrote about mental health issues. Current senior Drake Johnson also earned first in review writing and junior Taubah Elebute won first place for opinion column writing. First place winners advance to national competition and also are up for Best of Indiana, which will be announced in June.

Other winners included:

Chelsea Hughes — Third place in opinion writing for “Social media plays huge role in teenage mental health”
Anaiah Wright — Third place in news writing for “She declined so quickly”
Brentton Wharton — Second place in sports writing for “A Hoosier legend”
Jalen Flowers — Third place in sports writing for “All about the fun”
Ricardo Torres — Second place in feature photo for “Band leader”
Drake Johnson — Third place in review for “Deathloop is quick but challenging”
Atzel Nunez — Honorable mention in graphics for “Pop culture”
Atzel Nunez — Honorable mention in graphics for “Being thankful”
Raelynn Hughes — Second place in page design for “Marching to their own beat”
Karla Toledo — Third place in yearbook design for “Remote drumming”
Karla Toledo — Second place in yearbook feature for “Band Davis”