Penn Points Named Finalist in National Journalism Competition

By Robert Henry

In its first year, Penn Points was named one of the 13 finalists in the National Scholastic Press Association’s annual Online Pacemaker award. The Pacemaker award is somewhat equivalent to an Oscar except for high school journalism. Penn Manor’s Penn Points is the only Pennsylvania Online newspaper finalist for the N.S.P.A. and one of few from the east coast.

This year Portland Oregon will be hosting the N.S.P.A. Convention in April where the award ceremony will be held along with seminars and journalism speakers. Other awards that will be given out are Yearbook/ Magazine Pacemaker, Best of Show award, J.E.A. write-off award, Journalist of the Year award, Aspiring Young Journalist award and Investigative Journalism award.

According to N.S.P.A. the Online Pacemaker competition has seen a 70 percent  rise in entries since last year’s 2009 competition. This year, 132 high school websites entered into the category. All together the finalists include:


The Feather Online, Fresno Christian HS, Fresno, Calif.
Suzanna Quiring, editor
Greg Stobbe, adviser

The Chronicle Online, Harvard-Westlake School, North Hollywood, Calif.
Jamie Kim, editor
Kathleen Neumeyer, adviser

The Saratoga Falcon, Saratoga HS, Saratoga, Calif.
Mira Chaykin, Brian Kim, editors
Mike Tyler, adviser, American Heritage HS, Plantation, Fla.
Arthur Yidi, editor
Diana Adams, adviser

Online Gargoyle, University Laboratory HS, Urbana, Ill.
Danny Ge/Hadley Hauser/Maritza Mestre/Laura Dripps/Katherine Allen/Sindha Agha/Diana Liu, editors
David Porreca, adviser

Patriot, John Carroll School, Bel Air, Md.
Kate Froehlich, editor
Mark Ionescu, adviser

The Rockville High School Rampage, Rockville HS, Rockville, Md.
Michaela Karem, Olivia Parker, editors
Peter Daddone, adviser

Wayland Student Press Network, Wayland HS, Wayland, Mass.
Melanie Wang, Dave Ryan, editors
Janet Karman/Mary Barber, advisers

Communicator, Community HS, Ann Arbor, Mich.
Kerry Fingerle, Alia Persico-Shammas, & Cody Pan, editors
Tracy Rosewarne, adviser

Knight Errant, Benilde-St. Margaret’s School, St. Louis Park, Minn.
Katie McClurg, editor
Jason Wallestad, adviser

Dart News Online, St. Teresa’s Academy, Kansas City, Mo.
Sydney Deatherage, editor
Eric Thomas, adviser, Francis Howell North HS, St. Charles, Mo.
David Hoehn, Katie O’Neil, editors
Aaron Manfull, adviser

Penn Points, Penn Manor HS, Millersville, Pa.
Robert Henry, editor
Susan Baldrige, adviser

By Robert Henry

7 thoughts on “Penn Points Named Finalist in National Journalism Competition”

  1. While I very much enjoy reading articles on Penn Points, I wish it did not enforce such strict commentary censorship. Regardless, congratulations to the Penn Points staff on the top 13 finish.

  2. The stories in Penn Points are well written, interesting, timely, and in some notable instances, extremely cutting edge – but appropriate – for high school journalism. Congratulations on this honor!

  3. This website needs a classier name. I think that’s what would put us even higher on the list.

  4. Congratulations to the entire Penn Points staff, Editor Henry and Advisor Baldrige!
    Change is hard but you tackled the challenge of an online newspaper with enthusiasm.
    To be recognized for the quality of your efforts in your inaugural year is, indeed, an accomplishment. The only PA online newspaper finalist!
    I check your website every week and look forward to reading about what’s happening at the high school. This format enables parents and community members to be better informed about their school. You should all be very proud of the impact and success of your efforts!

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