Hudson Journalism Students Win State Accolades

Pictured: Sophomore Payton Sherwood, junior Erin O’Malley, junior Grace Jorgensen, junior Olivia Kolterman, junior Hailey Elder, (back row) junior Abby Lashbrook, junior Katelyn Pint, junior Caleb McCullough, and junior Aubrey Gronoski hold their awards from the Iowa High School Press Association for their work on the school newspaper. In all, Hudson won 26 awards. (Not pictured: freshmen Morgan Hansen and Grace Schwenneker, Journalism I students, who also won awards for work published in The Pirate Press.)

The Hudson High School newspaper, THE PIRATE PRESS, has been named an All-Iowa News Team Finalist by the Iowa High School Press Association (IHSPA).

This is the first year for this competition. The top five newspapers in Class A, Class B, and Class C, determined by school population, was named a finalist based on points earned in the annual Spring Newspaper Sweepstakes. Based on point totals from that competition, Hudson is entering the final round of competition in second place, behind Mount Vernon.

Hudson’s points were earned by winning 23 awards: 10 of the 12 possible awards in design, nine writing awards, two art awards, and two photography awards.

Individual awards will be listed on the school website at The awarded entries can be viewed in their entirety on the student newspaper’s new website, in June.

In addition to those publication awards, three Hudson students received special recognition by IHSPA. Junior Olivia Kolterman won third place in the “Writer of the Year” competition. Junior Grace Jorgensen won Honorable Mention in the “Designer of the Year” competition while junior Abby Lashbrook placed third.

This contest was open to schools in any class size. Others placing in this competition, which required students to create an online portfolio, included students from Johnston, Iowa City, and Cedar Falls.

Earlier this spring, Lashbrook was also named  a 2017 Emerging Journalist, one of only ten in the state. Jorgensen and junior Caleb McCullough were named finalists in this competition.

The school newspaper is a class project created by students in the Journalism 2/3/4 course at Hudson High School.

In addition to creating this award-winning newspaper, these students also make the district yearbook. Both publications are advised by Joletta Yoder.

Submitted by Mrs. Yoder