The Michigan Interscholastic Press Association held their annual awards ceremony on Thursday, April 21. MIPA gives out several types of awards, ranging from individual awards in specific categories, to award for overall excellence of the publication.
The Nexus yearbook was chosen as one of the fifteen books in the state awarded a Spartan Award. The Inland Lakes group had one of the smallest number of staffers attending the day’s presentations.
“The amount of people on our team is enough to get done what another team of like 50 or 60 does,” senior Ian Dickson said. “That’s pretty amazing.”
Unfortunately adviser Tim Morley was not chosen for this year’s Golden Pen Award. Mr. Jim Woehrle from Midland High School received the honor.
“I was very sad that Mr. Morley didn’t get the Golden Pen,” junior Kelly Boughner said. “He really deserves it.”
For first time attendees sophomore Jenny Shank and freshman Ashley Gleason, it was a very new experience.
“I enjoyed it, and I want to go to more MIPA events,” Shank said.
Morley’s goal when taking staff members to state and national events is to help show them that, even though Inland Lakes is a small, rural school, we are still a big deal in the scholastic journalism world.
“I thought it was a great experience,” Gleason said.
IL360 was also evaluated for overall excellence and earned a Bronze rating. Staffers look forward to this completing this year’s book and sharing it with the community and friends from around the country.