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Plainfield East HS students win first at state journalism competition --Twenty-one D. 202 students competed at state

Plainfield East High School juniors Alexandra “Lexie” Rudolph and Julia Nawa, earned first place in Yearbook Theme Development at the Illinois High School Association state journalism competition.

In all, 21 student journalists from Plainfield East and South high schools and Plainfield High School – Central Campus participated at the state event, held April 26, 2019 at Heartland Community College in Normal, Ill.

These five students from Plainfield High School-Central Campus and PEHS took top 10 honors at the competition:

  • PEHS: Delaney Drummond, senior, earned fourth place in Photo Storytelling.
  • PHSCC: Elizabeth Hsieh, senior, second in Editorial Writing; Paige Gieske, junior, and Jude Mendoza, senior, second in Video News; and Iris Wright, senior, fifth in Copy Editing.

District 202’s state participants included:


  • Hannah Kopek, junior
  • Hannah Darbro, senior
  • Stephanie Wallace, junior
  • Isabel Taylor, junior
  • Stephanie Wallace, junior
  • Raven Easterly, sophomore


  • Mia Emerson, sophomore
  • James Dralle, senior
  • Emily Sherrill, senior
  • Juvenal “Juve” Angulo, sophomore
  • Alicja Stec, senior


  • Jarod Obando, senior
  • Natalie Hua, sophomore
  • Shania Zavadsky, senior