Adviser Update Adviser Update Fall 2017 - Page 16

Raphy Gendler, who won a $1,000 Dow Jones News Fund Scholarship, talks with fellow senior Kirby Goodman concerning the results of a staff activity. Photo by Lori Keekley Four Students Win Scholarships to Pursue Journalism By Heather Taylor T he Dow Jones News Fund will award $2,500 in scholarships to four recent high school graduates who will pursue journalism in college this fall. The scholarship recipients were selected in honor of the 2016 National High School Journalism Teacher of the Year and three Distinguished Advisers through writing contests organized by the teachers at their high schools in April and May. The top scholarship recipient is Raphael Gendler of St. Louis Park (Minnesota) High School, where Lori Keekley, 2016 Teacher of the Year, teaches and advises The Echo. Gendler will receive a $1,000 scholarship to attend Cornell University in the fall. Gendler covered a presentation by Abby Simons, Public Safety Team Leader for the Minneapolis Star Tribune, whose team of seven reporters covers crime and courts in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area. She directed coverage in the aftermath of the police shooting of Philando Castile. Simons spoke to students about police shootings and journalism in the age of Twitter. Gendler was selected by a panel of four judges: Simons; Laura Widmer, executive director of the National Scholastic Press Association; Charles Sennott, founder and executive director of The GroundTruth Project; and Rick Sennott, a retired Star Tribune photographer.