Kaneland student earns prestigious journalism honor

By on June 23, 2014

KANELAND—Kaneland High School student Nick Boose earned a prestigious journalism honor this past school year.

Boose, a Sugar Grove resident who will be a KHS senior this fall, is editor-in-chief for the Kaneland Krier, the school’s newsmagazine. He’s also one of 12 Illinois students named to the Illinois All-State Journalism Team.

“It’s a really big honor to receive,” Boose said. “I wouldn’t say we are necessarily the best. It’s just journalists that put in the most time and effort behind the scenes.”

Recently, Boose and the other All-State team members headed to Springfield to dine at the Executive Mansion. He also received an award for his accomplishment.

Boose’s editor-in-chief responsibilities at the Krier include overseeing “day-to-day operations,” approving PDFs and story ideas, copy editing stories and seeing that deadlines are followed.

“I just kind of oversee the Krier as a whole,” Boose said.

Kimberly Reese, journalism teacher at Kaneland High School and advisor for the Kaneland Krier, nominated Boose to be on the state team.

“Nick is one of those students who has a real, true passion for journalism,” Reese said. “He has a passion for finding news and sharing it with his readership.”

She noted that the article he co-wrote about bullying, published in 2012, was a “quintessential piece” for Boose.

Boose’s article, “Marks of forgotten memories,” took readers inside the tough world of a student who had experienced bullying, and it showed feedback from Kaneland staff on what steps the Kaneland School District would take to deal with bullying.

Nick’s mom, Penny Boose, has some ideas on what makes Nick special.

“Well, for me, it’s (that) he’s got a big heart,” Penny said. “He sees the good in people. And he’s a real go-getter.”

Nick has been interested in writing since he was in elementary school. He would create made-up stories and always kept a “little notebook” by his bed. And as a high school student, he would write story ideas in his notebook.

Boose will attend a seven-day conference next month with other American top journalists at George Mason University and learn from journalists from publications including the New York Times and Washington Post.

The accolades for Kaneland journalism don’t end there, either, as the Krier recently received a bronze certificate for Excellence in Journalism from the Northern Illinois School Press Association.

As for Boose, he plans on studying at University of Iowa, where he will double major in journalism and education. His career aspiration is to become a high school journalism teacher.

He said that he has been in contact with four journalism advisors.

“The motivation that they instill in me and just their passion and the way that they come across being has had a huge affect,” Boose said. “And I want to take what they’ve given me and my passion and pass it on to a new generation of journalists.”