Plainfield, Joliet high school students place 1st at state competition

Students did especially well in review writing, infographic category and copy writing

Plainfield East High School junior Laine Cibulskis is a journalism state champion first place in the review writing category at the Illinois High School Association state competition on April 28, which was held virtually, according to a news release from District 202 in Plainfield.

Cibulskis also competed in editorial writing at state.

PEHS senior Savannah Downing earned fifth place in yearbook caption writing at the state competition.

Nineteen student journalists from Plainfield High School – Central Campus, and Plainfield South, North, and East high schools also took part in the virtual state competition.

Cibulskis hopes to attend Northwestern University in Evanston and major in journalism with an emphasis on investigative reporting.

Christine Torres, PEHS math teacher, yearbook, and East Side News advisor and Donna Hornik, PEHS English teacher and East Side News Advisor, said in the release that they are proud of Cibulskis.

Joliet West High School seniors Kiersten Jordan and Kelly Rappaport are also journalism state champions. They competed in the IHSA journalism state competition on April 29, according to a news release from Joliet Township High School District 204.

Jordan won state in the infographic category and Rappaport won state for copy writing.

West, as a team, took 11th in state with a three-way tie for 10th place.

Other Joliet West students that competed at state include Madison Horvat, Sophia Delgadillo, Kelly Rappaport, Kiersten Jordan, Megan Krok, Haley Maser, Lawson Sizemore and Louie Mendoza.

Journalism advisor is Jennifer Galloy.

Denise M. Baran-Unland

Denise M. Baran-Unland is the features editor for The Herald-News in Joliet. She covers a variety of human interest stories. She also writes the long-time weekly tribute feature “An Extraordinary Life about local people who have died. She studied journalism at the College of St. Francis in Joliet, now the University of St. Francis.