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Newspaper staff earns coveted award from Quill and Scroll

Several student journalists interviewing retirees at a luncheon in their honor
The Mustang staff interviews retired teachers about how MHS has changed over the years. This was at a breakfast in their honor. The information gathered was used to create a "Dancing Through the Decades" centerspread. It won a first-place award from IJEA.

The staff of the Mundelein High School student-produced school newspaper, The Mustang, has received an International First Place Award from the 2020 Quill & Scroll News Media Evaluation.

Despite ending the year in remote learning and producing two newspaper issues during the COVID-19 pandemic, the staff earned superior ratings in four of the five evaluation categories for general practices, coverage, writing & editing and digital media. The staff received an excellent rating in the fifth category for visuals.

“This was the first year we requested an evaluation of our online presence, so we were pleasantly surprised to see the staff headed in the right direction with its online news site,” said Michelle Didzbalis, The Mustang advisor.

“The staff and advisor are to be commended for all the hard work that was put into the publication,” one of the judges commented. “This was a difficult year for the staff, but the quality of the publication and media site stayed strong.”

The student-produced newspaper can also be viewed online at

The 2019-2020 newspaper staff was led by Editor-in-Chief Kylie Carrier and Assistant Editor-in-Chief Hannah Stanley. Other editors included Sarah Parduhn, MacKenzie Stewart, Ashley Cline and Tress Dorfler. Dylan DeBord, Isabella Marotti and Ryan Wilson worked for the newspaper as staff reporters.

"Great news and  congratulations!  This is a huge honor and achievement for you, the staff and the school,” said MHS Principal Dr. Anthony Kroll.  “Way to go!”

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 advisors with resources to do great work and to have it evaluated. Whether it is through stories, contests, evaluation service, scholarships or pins and graduation paraphernalia, Quill and Scroll salutes great scholastic journalism at their charter schools.

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