Ong has been on the staff of Conestoga’s monthly newspaper, The Spoke, since 2014. This year he serves as Managing Editor, and in previous years he has been the Center Spread Editor and Co-Student Life Editor. One of the judges noted, "Ian worked to shed light on those not normally in the spotlight and worked to bring awareness to his school community."
The Pennsylvania Student Journalist of the Year award was named for Dr. Jane Blystone in 2011, and includes a $500 scholarship for the winner. The Pennsylvania scholarship winner moves on to the national JEA SJOY competition. Winners will be announced at the National High School Journalism Convention in San Francisco this April.
Please visit the JEA SJOY page for information about preparing a portfolio. Sample portfolios from last year's state winners are posted on JEA's site. Portfolios for the 2019 Student Journalist of the Year will be due in early spring 2019.