Emerging journalist finalists 2021


Pin awarded to top 10 Emerging Journalists

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).

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 30 Emerging Journalist Finalists for 2021.!

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


Name (First)Name (Last)School                  
JayneAbrahamPleasant Valley High School
AayushaAdhikariPleasant Valley High School
ChristineAukesAdel DeSoto Minburn High School
ErinBaileyWebster City High School
MayaChuIowa City West High
BryleighDe JongPella High School
KendylFeltsWebster City High School
CallieGarciaHoover High School
SachikoGotoIowa City West High School
AlainaGreenleeIowa City West High School
CamilleGretterIowa City West High School
LailaHasanovicJohnston High School
LillyJohnsHoover High School
SageJohnsonHoover High School
MadisonLaymanJohnston High School
CarolineMascardoIowa City West High
CaitlynMcCrackenPella High School
SabrinaMcGuireJohnston High School
ZohraeMcLaskeyIowa City West High
RemyMerrillMount Vernon High School
ErikMitchellJohnston High School
AllisaPanditPleasant Valley High School
AmeliaPoePella High
CydneySchmidtWebster City High School
NormaSpikerPella High School
EdinaSuljicJohnston High School
RachelSwackIowa City West High
TatumTierneyPella High School
MelissaUcIowa City West High School
VictoriaVerdeJohnston High School