CROWN POINT | Two editors of Inklings, Crown Point High School’s student newspaper, were honored at the Indiana State House during the Indiana High School Press Association’s First Amendment Symposium this spring. Co-editor-in-chief Maggie Gelon, a senior, was one of six finalists for Indiana’s Student Journalist of the Year, and sports editor Alaa Abdeldaiem, a junior, took first in the sports writing competition.
The First Amendment Symposium featured speeches on different freedoms that the First Amendment protects, including one by keynote speaker Mary Beth Tinker, the defendant in a landmark U.S. Supreme Court case that protected students’ rights to free speech.
Gelon applied for Journalist of the Year by submitting letters of recommendation, a written essay and a portfolio of her three years of work on the Inklings staff. She joined Journalist of the Year Carley Lanich, Lawrence Central High School; Nicholas Jordan, Portage High School; Daniel Kleschick, North Central High School; Ashley Shuler, Ben Davis High School; and Jamie Zega, Lake Central High School; as a finalist.
“I was really honored to be considered a finalist. It was such an established group, and it meant a lot to be a part of that,” Gelon said.
Abdeldaiem attended an Indianapolis Pacers event in April for a taste of life as a professional sportswriter after earning first place in the sports writing competition, based on three published pieces of her work. “I can’t even begin to express how honored I am,” she said.