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6 MIHS Students Place at Annual WJEA Competition

6 MIHS Students Place at Annual WJEA Competition
MISD Communications

Mercer Island, WA, March 11, 2024 – Six Mercer Island High School journalism and yearbook students placed at the annual Washington Journalism Education Association (WJEA) write-off completion, which was held this year on Saturday, March 9 at Arlington High School.

The students competed against high school students from around the state and placed in all but one of the categories they entered.


  • Jordan Balousek - New Writing
  • Ashwin Krishnaswamy - News Feature Writing


  • Kyle Gerstel - Editorial Writing

Honorable Mention

  • Maddie Gaspers - News Photography
  • Mischa Gregory - Yearbook Photography
  • Taylor Holshouser - News Layout

In addition to competing, students attended breakout sessions led by industry professionals, including a session conducted by Lee Hardisty from the MIHS Class of 2022.

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