Mundelein High School Senior Carson Beck was recently declared a National Winner in the Quill and Scroll 2018 International Writing, Photo and Multimedia Contest. He won in Sports Writing (23 winners of 173 entries). This makes him eligible for scholarships through Quill and Scroll.
Beck is currently the assistant sports editor for the MHS school newspaper, The Mustang. The sports story that won him the scholarship was titled Sports Culture Bias Takes Work to Balance.
“A strong desire to perform to the best of his abilities sets Carson apart from his peers,” said Michelle Didzbalis, student newspaper advisor. “He always seeks feedback on his work and asks questions on how he could make his work better. He is willing to come in before or after school to work on his material, and clearly these steps have paid off with a prestigious award,” she said.
In addition to his work on the newspaper Beck managed the boys varsity basketball team, served as manager for the entire football program for four years and is entering his third year being the baseball program public address announcer. He is a die-hard Iowa Hawkeyes fan with his other major sports teams being the Chicago Cubs, Oakland Raiders, Golden State Warriors and the Chicago Blackhawks. He also has a deep interest in American politics and is first chair bass clarinet for the MHS Honors Wind Ensemble.
“I’ve been in band since fifth grade when I started with the soprano clarinet,” he said.
Beck will study journalism at the University of Iowa.
For 92 years, Quill and Scroll has been honoring the best work done by student journalists around the world. The organization provides students and their advisers with resources to do great work and to have it evaluated. Whether it’s through stories, contests, evaluation service, scholarships or pins and graduation paraphernalia, Quill and Scroll salutes great scholastic journalism at their charter schools.