Tony Willis, faculty moderator for Cathedral High School’s newspaper and yearbook, announced this week that both the Megaphone and Cathedran are 2016 Hoosier Star finalists. Out-of-state judges evaluate high school yearbooks and newspapers for the press association, he says, which is located at Franklin College, to determine Indiana’s top student publications based on criteria that include the quality of writing, editing, photography, coverage, and design.
This marks the third consecutive year the newspaper, the Megaphone, and the yearbook, the Cathedran, have earned Hoosier Star finalist status. Based on another round of judging, Hoosier Star winners will be announced at the state high school press convention on Nov. 10 at Franklin College.
With its newspaper and yearbook earning honors, Cathedral is one of only five high schools in Division II to have both its student publications recognized.
Cathedral’s publications enter Division II for schools with enrollments between 1,001 and 2,000. Other high school newspaper Hoosier Star finalists include Floyd Central, Greenwood, Munster, Plainfield and Roncalli. Yearbooks from Greenwood, Mooresville, Munster, Plainfield, Richmond and Roncalli join Cathedral’s yearbook in being named a finalist.
“Cathedral journalism students earned these honors due in large part to their hard work and commitment to excellence as well as the support they receive from Cathedral teachers and administrators,” stated Willis.