Emerging Journalist Finalists 2019


IHSPA seeks to identify and acknowledge emerging talent in newspaper, yearbook, and digital media students in member high schools. The opportunity is open to students in 9th, 10th, or 11th grade. These students will be the backbone of their respective schools’ publications for the upcoming year.

Each adviser may nominate three students per publication: If an adviser supports two publications, then six students may be nominated total, as long as there are only three nominations for each publication (three for newspaper, and three for yearbook).


  • Submit 3 examples of work — Newspaper, Yearbook, and Digital Media all apply.
  • Submit 1 Letter of Recommendation from the Adviser
  • Resume
  • Work must be submitted online using PDFs or links.
  • All work must have been published or posted March 5, 2018 and March 8, 2019 by current students at IHSPA member schools.

Ten Emerging Journalists will be selected based on the overall quality of their work, the impact on their school and community, the students’ understanding of the fundamentals of journalism, and the level of experimentation.

Below are the 2019 Emerging Journalist Finalists for 2019.!

All finalists listed below receive a certificate from IHSPA, recognizing this achievement.

Name (First)Name (Last)School
ReaganPellettAtlantic High School
DannanMathisenAtlantic High School
Ariel ClarkAtlantic High School
HaylieHandelAtlantic High School
SaraHoltamDavenport Central High School
JulissaChavezDavenport Central High School
RyleighHayworthDes Moines East
FabianaCentenoDes Moines East
KaytlynAndrewsDes Moines East
LauraSquiersDes Moines East
KadeDolphinDes Moines East
ShelbyAlstedDes Moines East
TemiraGoodsDes Moines Hoover High
ElyseHiskeyDes Moines Hoover High
EmilyDobberkeDes Moines North High School
SaraPerdueDes Moines North High School
BriannaCobbDes Moines North High School
IsaacGomezGeorge Washington High School
ParisMcNuttGeorge Washington High School
Abigail "Abby"ThrondsonGeorge Washington High School
TaraJochumsenHudson High School
NatalieKatzIowa City West High
JessicaMoonjelyIowa City West High
NatalieDunlapIowa City West High
AlexandraCarlonIowa City West High
JillianPrescottIowa City West High
AdaBasicJohnston High School
CarolineChristensenJohnston High School
ElizabethJonesJohnston High School
TarynMockJohnston High School
AmberYeutsyJohnston High School
ZoeCardPella Community High School
LilyPumphreyPella Community High School
ZandraSpikerPella Community High School