Newspapers from 21 schools named finalists

The 2019 newspaper Hoosier Star finalists feature 21 schools from three divisions according to school enrollment. All finalists will undergo an additional round of judging to determine the overall contest winners, which will be announced Friday, Oct. 18 during the 2019 state convention at Franklin College.

The Indiana High School Press Association is proud to announce the finalists for the newspaper Hoosier Star Award.

IHSPA provides this opportunity for annual critique as a way for staffs to gain detailed feedback about their publication. Because our judges are able to provide specific comments on a number of important topics, newspaper staffs can use this evaluation as a way to measure progress, discuss strengths and weaknesses and set goals for improvement. Staffs are encouraged to use this in planning future issues.

All newspapers achieving “superior” or “excellent” ranking based on this guidebook are considered finalists in the IHSPA Hoosier Star competition and will be recognized Oct. 18 at Franklin College during the 2019 state convention.

Newspaper Hoosier Star Finalists* 
Division I (under 1,000 enrollment)
Bishop Chatard HS – Trojan Matters
Paoli Jr-Sr HS – Paolite
Scottsburg HS – The Booster

Division II (1,000-2,000 enrollment)
Cathedral HS – The Megaphone
Floyd Central HS – The Bagpiper
Munster HS – Crier
New Albany HS – The Blotter
Plainfield HS – Quaker Shaker
Plymouth HS – Ye Pilgrim

Division III (above 2,000 enrollment)
Ben Davis HS – Spotlight
Carmel HS – HiLite
Center Grove HS – Trojaneer
Columbus North HS – The Triangle
Crown Point HS – Inklings
Fishers HS – Tiger Topics: N The Red
Lake Central HS – Scout
Lawrence Central HS – Cub Reporter
Lawrence North HS – North Star
Noblesville HS – Mill Stream
Southport HS – The Journal
Zionsville Community HS – Harbinger

*Finalists are listed in alphabetical order by school name and do not indicate contest ranking.

A separate judge evaluates all finalists to determine winners, which are announced each fall during the morning awards ceremony at the IHSPA state convention. Publications earning Hoosier Star status are consistent with the IHSPA core values of truth, courage, integrity and freedom.

Those schools interested in submitting newspapers for next year’s critique may access the entry form here.

For more information, please contact IHSPA Executive Director Ryan Gunterman at

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