CoJMC recognizes Omaha's top high school communicators

CoJMC recognizes Omaha's top high school communicators

Monday, November 17, 2014 - 6:00pm
Best and Brightest
Best and Brightest

Omaha’s best and brightest aspiring high school communicators were honored Nov. 11 at a recognition event sponsored by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Journalism and Mass Communications and The Omaha World-Herald.

The high school seniors and their parents attended a dessert reception at the Omaha World-Herald, 1314 Douglas St., where the students were honored for their scholastic accomplishments.  They were nominated by their high school teachers or guidance counselors.

This is the second year of the event, which recognizes high-achieving and motivated students who are interested in careers in advertising, broadcasting, journalism and public relations. 

Speakers at the event included World-Herald Executive Editor Mike Reilly, College of Journalism and Mass Communications Dean Maria B. Marron and Alissa Skelton, an Omaha native and 2011 UNL graduate who is a breaking news reporter at the World-Herald.

Students and parents had the opportunity to talk with UNL faculty and students about the college’s nationally recognized program and to speak with Omaha World-Herald editors and reporters about newspaper careers. The event ended with tours of the newspaper’s newsroom.

The College of Journalism and Mass Communications is a nationally recognized, award-winning college, where more than 1,000 undergraduate and graduate students have hands-on experiences from day one in advertising, broadcasting, journalism, and public relations, guided by a top-notch faculty. The CoJMC offers a robust education abroad program, a student ad agency, a statewide news service, a sports communications program and many other innovative learning opportunities. 

Students recognized were:

 CASSIDY ADOLPH
Papillion-LaVista South

MARISSA ANDERSEN
Papillion-LaVista South

CAYSIE ASHTON
Millard West

GRADE BRADFORD
Omaha Marian

JAZMYN BROWN
Bellevue East

JAICIE BYERS
Omaha North

SAMANTHA CHANEY
Omaha Marian

ELIC CHISAM
Bellevue East

ANDRE COOPER-HANSON
Millard South

KALYNN COPENHARVE
William Jennings Bryan

JONATHAN DORMADY
Gretna

LEONA DUNN
Harry A. Burke

JOSHUA ESTABROOK
William Jennings Bryan

BRITTANY HAMOR
Millard South

MADISON HEBNER
Elkhorn South

HARRISON HOHMAN
Mount Michael Benedictine

RYAN HOVLAND
Millard North

JOSHUA HUNKE
Bennington

JOSEPH JOHN
Omaha North

ALYSSA KAISER
Bennington

JACKSON KRATINA
Gretna

ELISSA KROEGER
Papillion-LaVista

ALEXANDRA LAING
Westside

ALEXANDRA LORENSEN
Mercy

ALEXIS MATTAN
Harry A. Burke

LAUREN MYRBERG
Elkhorn

KATHY NGUYEN
Elkhorn

JULI OBERLANDER
Omaha Central

PAIGE OURADA
Skutt Catholic

YOUNG-JOON PARK
Mount Michael Benedictine

RACHEL PODRAZA
Skutt Catholic

STHEPHANIE SANCHEZ
Benson

SHILOH SCHMID
Elkhorn

TIA SPEARS
Omaha Central

ADAM TURNER
Creighton Prep

BRANDON TVRDY
Millard South

IMANI VAUGHAN-JONES
Millard South

GRETCHEN WILLIAMS
Benson

ETHAN WOLBACH
Papillion-LaVista

MARIAH ZAMBUTO
Millard North

The College of Journalism and Mass Communications partners with the Omaha World-Herald to offer a unique fellowship program for college juniors and seniors. The first part of the program is a 15-week class, in which students learn from a different World-Herald staff member each week about topics such as editing, interviewing and other aspects of the news. Each semester, four of the students in the class are chosen through an application process to be Omaha World-Herald fellows the following semester. They write and report for the newspaper and its website, while earning a salary and college credit.