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Rich Township Journalism Team Writing History in State Competition

teenager member of the journalism team standing next to Dr. Johnnie Thomas with his arm around the student
Student Eyitayo Awe, who will be competing in the Journalism Finals in Bloomington on April 30th, is pictured with RTHS District 227 Superintendent Dr. Johnnie Thomas. (RTHS Staff)

Rich Township-(ENEWSPF)- Rich Township High School District 227 journalism team competed in the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Journalism Sectionals on Saturday, April 9, 2022. Eyitayo Awe was the top performer placing 3rd in the News Writing competition and he has qualified to compete in the IHSA State Journalism Finals being held on April 30, 2022, in Bloomington, IL.

Seven students in total competed, and in addition to Awe, six students from the journalism team received IHSA recognition placing in the top 6 (recognition is given for 1st – 6th place): Kendra Harrison – 4th Place in Newspaper Design, LaMya Henderson – 6th Place in Sports Writing, James Mack – 6th place in Yearbook Copy Writing, Fered Yousuf – 6th place in Caption Writing, Jenny Nguyen – 6th place in Copy Editing.

“We are excited and so proud of the accomplishments of this group of students,” said head Journalism advisor Kelly Gochenour. “They certainly made Rich Township proud!” Special thanks to Andrea Clark and Jenn Bjork, assistant Journalism advisors, for helping prepare the students for this competition.

High School District #227 serves the residents of Country Club Hills, Matteson, Olympia Fields, Park Forest, Richton Park, a small section of Chicago Heights, and adjoining rural areas in South Cook County. The district was formed from non-high school territory in 1949. Construction of the East Campus of Rich Township High School, financed by a $1,600,000 bond issue, began in September 1952. Twelve months later it was operating as a four-year high school. During the 1952-53 school year, a ninth-grade school was operating in the Faith United Protestant Church in Park Forest, Located on a 55-acre site donated by American Community Builders, Inc., the original building accommodated approximately 750 students.

The East Campus was formally dedicated in December 1953 by the Secretary of Health, Education, and Safety; Mrs. Oveta Club Hobby. It was fully accredited by both the North Central Association and the State of Illinois during the initial year of operation. In 1954, it won, for the municipalities which it serves, the All-American City award, the first ever to be awarded by a school.

This journalism team news is from Rich Township High School District 227.

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