September 20, 2016 / News

Mexico High adviser Williams chosen Special Recognition by Dow Jones

Written by Evan Blackwell, CJE

Jami Williams, the yearbook and publications adviser at Walsworth Yearbooks school Mexico High School in Mexico, Missouri, was named a Special Recognition Adviser today when the Dow Jones News Fund announced its annual award recipients.

Lori Keekley, an English teacher and media adviser at St. Louis Park High School in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, was named the 2016 High School Journalism Teacher of the Year.

Williams was one of four Special Recognition Advisers chosen by Dow Jones. Williams has been an adviser at Mexico High since 2009. Prior to that she built a background in magazine feature writing, editing and newspaper reporting before becoming a teacher. She is also a past contributor to Walsworth’s Idea File magazine.

Four advisers were chosen as Distinguished by Dow Jones this year, including:

  • Terry Cassreino, St. Joseph’s Catholic School, Madison, Mississippi
  • Patrick Johnson, Antioch Community High School, Antioch, Illinois
  • Dave Riggs, Wenatchee High School, Wenatchee, Washington
  • Leslie Shipp, Johnston High School, Johnston, Iowa

The other advisers chosen for Special Recognition, included:

  • Cherie Burgett, Staley High School, Kansas City, Missouri
  • Mark Harrison, T.C. Roberson High School, Asheville, North Carolina
  • Teresa Scribner, Cleveland High School, Seattle, Washington

All the Dow Jones winners will be honored at the upcoming JEA/NSPA Fall National High School Journalism Convention in Indianapolis, Nov. 10-13.

Evan Blackwell, CJE

Evan Blackwell, CJE, is a Web Content Specialist for walsworthyearbooks.com and yearbookhelp.com, as well as a regular contributor to Idea File magazine. He's been a writer and editor for Walsworth Yearbooks for the past 13 years, and is the author of the Yearbook Suite's "The Art of the Interview" unit. Prior to joining Walsworth, Blackwell spent five years as an award-winning newspaper and magazine journalist. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Kansas.