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Selah Journalists Unleash Their Journalism Skills

Natalie Keller Honored as Unleashed Reporter of the Year and Photographer of the Year

Mary-Frances Ballew and Indians Hilmes Also Honored for Their Journalism Work!

A trio of Selah High School students used to reporting on the news are now making headlines for their work as members of the Yakima Herald Republic’s Unleashed Team.  Selah’s featured newsmakers include Natalie Keller, Mary-Frances Ballew, and Indiana Hilmes

Keller, who recently completed her sophomore year, was honored as the program’s Reporter of the Year for her work during the 2020-2021 campaign.  This is the second year Keller has earned the top reporting award.  In earning the prestigious honor, Keller produced the overall highest quality of written work among the teen news staff.  Among Keller’s other Unleashed honors for the past year, she was also recognized as Photographer of the Year by producing the best overall quality and volume of photographs within the program.  Keller similarly received this award last year as a freshman.  Additionally, Keller was recognized for Most Contributions among Unleashed reporters, as well as for Best Business Story.

In addition to Keller, Ballew and Hilmes also earned Unleashed journalism recognition.

Ballew, a senior this past year and a two-and-a-half-year Unleashed member was honored with multiple awards including, Spirit of Unleashed Award, a special recognition each year presented to one graduating senior for overall contributions to the journalism program.  Ballew was recognized for her supportive leadership to the group during the past year as well as for sharing her community involvement activities through Unleashed and for her expanded sense of writing since returning to the program following her involvement as an overseas exchange experience in Sweden.  Additionally, Ballew was recognized with Best Book Review, and Staff Choice Award for Favorite Review as well as for Best Staff Bio.

Hilmes, a freshman reporter in 2020-2021 and first-year member of the Unleashd Program was awarded Best Personality Feature.   

Further, the team of Keller, Ballew, and Hilmes also collectively received the Superstar School Award for their collective high-achieving excellence in writing, photography, and production throughout their contributions to this past year’s Unleashed pages.

The Yakima Herald’s teen journalism program is supported through a co-op administered by ESD 105 involving students from the region’s schools.

Congratulations Unleashed students for headlining the story!

Natalie KellerMary-Frances BallewIndiana HilmesThe Selah trio earn Unleashed Superstar School Award.