MHS Mirror

The MHS Mirror newspaper has placed first in Illinois in its division for the last five out of six years (placing second the remaining year) through the Illinois Journalism Education Association Newspaper Contest. To see more editions of the MHS Mirror newspaper, visit its ISSUU site.

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The online presence of the MHS Mirror —


At far right is Sarah Foster, the Illinois Journalist of the Year Runner-Up and former managing editor of the MHS Mirror. She is now majoring in journalism at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.


Amanda Bright, center, talks about photos in the Journal Gazette with students Bailee Rainwater and Alyssa Staton at Mattoon High School during fall semester. Kevin Kilhoffer/Staff Photographer for the Mattoon Journal-Gazette



The MHS Mirror and Riddle staffs for 2016 placed second at IHSA Journalism Sectionals, taking a record-setting 10 categories to state. Two students placed at state — 6th in copy editing and 3rd in sports writing.


The sectional competition team for spring 2015 made up of 17 members of the MHS Mirror and MHS Riddle staffs waits for the opening ceremony to start at Illinois State University. Five students went on to compete at the state level that year, with three placing in the top six in Illinois.


From left, Shannon Helmuth, Austin Keating, Hayden, and Javiera Green read various issues of the MHS Mirror newspaper in the journalism room at MHS. Helmuth and Keating have gone on to major in journalism at the University of Illinois, after all four competed at the state level in journalism through IHSA.


The MHS chapter of Quill and Scroll was revived in order to induct (from left) Kaylie Homann, Kinsey Stapleton, Riley Trotter, Emma Diltz, Lane Plummer, and Sarah Foster into its ranks. Four of the six students went on to pursue degrees or work in journalism.


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Students in Journalism I, Newspaper Production, and Yearbook all learned how to create interview reels, voice-overs, and multimedia packages. View more student projects at or on the Vimeo channel.



MHS Mirror staff members reported for and designed an annual magazine for the Mattoon Rotary Club, which allowed the staff to partner with the community.

Rotary Publication 2014-2015

Rotary Publication 2015-2016