Byline: Jenny Mitrenga
Gaining prestige among high school writers across the state, Wheeling High School senior Jason Ball has been commended for publishing award-winning writing chosen by judges at high school and statewide levels.
Ball, Wheeling High School's sports editor and an aspiring sports columnist, recently was presented with a third-place honor in column writing in a high school journalism contest. Sponsored by the Illinois Press Women Association, the contest included entries from all over the state.
"It's a great honor to have my writing recognized by professional journalists," Ball said.
Ball received the award for column writing. Other categories judged were feature, review and editorials. Student writers had to submit three columns written during the 1995-96 school year.
Ball was unaware that his newspaper adviser, Susan Tantillo, had submitted his columns to the competition. When the results of the contest were mailed, Ball was completely shocked.
"It came as a big surprise for me because I didn't know I had been entered," Ball said.
"When I opened the envelope, I was really excited for Jason, and also glad to see that my evaluation of Jason's writing was accurate and that other people share my opinion as well," Tantillo said.
"If I decide to pursue journalism as a career after college, I feel these awards will help boost my confidence and help me get my foot in the door when applying for jobs," Ball said. …