Scholars 2022


The IHSPA is honoring 17 upcoming graduates as 2022 Scholars.

The IHSPA Scholar is an academic honor for the state’s top journalism students. This recognition awards students with a certificate and a pin to wear at graduation.


• Minimum 3 semesters of journalism in high school. The final semester of senior year can count toward the three semesters.

• Minimum 3.0 cumulative high school GPA at time of application.

• 5 hours of community service, approved by the adviser. This requirement is included in the spirit of journalists serving the communities in which they live. It is the adviser’s decision on what counts as community service.

• A 500-word essay by the student explaining lessons they’ve learned as a high school journalist.

• The school attended by the nominee must be in good IHSPA membership standing.

Students do not need to have declared a college journalism major to qualify.

Pin awarded to IHSPA Scholars
First nameLast nameSchoolCity
ArianaAponteNorthwest High SchoolWaukee
MarisolArgueta-HernandezDes Moines EastDes Moines
McKennaDolphinDes Moines EastDes Moines
CallieGarciaHoover High SchoolDes Moines
LillyJohnsHoover High SchoolDes Moines
SageJohnsonHoover High SchoolDes Moines
HanahKitamotoIowa City West High SchoolIowa City
IsabellaLopezDes Moines EastDes Moines
CarolineMascardoIowa City West High SchoolIowa City
CarolinaMendoza-MedranoDes Moines East High SchoolDes Moines
EmilyRundellClear Creek Amana High SchoolTiffin
MadisonSerovyClear Creek AmanaNorth Liberty
JuliaStuartTheodore Roosevelt High SchoolDes Moines
ColsonThayerNorthwest High SchoolWaukee
EthanUdrovichTheodore Roosevelt High SchoolDes Moines
CharlesWalkerHoover High SchoolDes Moines
BeccaYoungersDowling Catholic High SchoolWest Des Moines