Keating Competition 2020

Archive of previous years’ contests

2020

34th Annual Keating Competition

Assignment:

We were unable to gather in person during the COVID pandemic and instead asked students to submit their best published writing on the past year’s most pressing topics: the pandemic, social justice, the election or campus news.

Winners:

  • Mary Claire Molloy, Indiana University
  • Jordan Smith, Purdue University
  • Erica Irish, Franklin College
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2019

33rd Annual Keating Competition

Prizes Awarded:
$6,000

Assignment:

Downtown Indianapolis – Behind the Scenes

Winners:

  • Erica Irish, Franklin College
  • Cameron Drummond, Indiana University
  • Riley Eubanks, Ball State

Other Finalists:

  • Mary Bernard, University of Notre Dame
  • Lydia Gerike, Indiana University
  • Tierra Harris, Ball State University
  • Lexi Haskell, Indiana University
  • Abigail King Goshen College
  • Gabe Miller, Goshen College
  • Kelli Smith, University of Notre Dame

Speaker:
Samantha Schmidt, gender and family issues reporter at the Washington Post and 2014 Keating Competition winner.

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2018

32nd Annual Keating Competition

Assignment:

Events at the the Indiana State Fairgrounds

Winners:

  • Dana Lee, Butler University
  • Laurel Demkovich, Indiana University
  • Shelby Mullis, Franklin College

Other Finalists:

  • Lauren Fox, University of Notre Dame
  • Mary Freda, Ball State University
  • Lydia Gerike, Indiana University
  • Emma Jones, Hanover College
  • Brynn Mechem, Ball State University
  • Maria Manuela Mendez, DePauw University
  • Emily Sabens, Ball State University

Speaker:
Margaret Sutherlin, social media manager for Bloomberg in New York City and a 2009 Keating winner.

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2017

31st Annual Keating Competition

Assignment:

Veterans Day

Winners:

  • Jack Evans, Indiana University
  • Madison Dudley, DePauw University
  • Taylor Telford, Indiana University

Other Finalists:

  • Sarah Bahr, IUPUI
  • Courtney Becker, University of Notre Dame
  • Austin Candor, DePauw University
  • Laurel Demkovich, Indiana University
  • Tyler Fenwick, IUPUI
  • Dana Lee, Butler University
  • Sarah Verschoor, Indiana University

Speaker:
Rachel Podnar, now a news editor at The Washington Post Express, is a previous Keating winner and graduated from Ball State University in 2016.

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2016

30th Annual Keating Competition

Assignment:

Stories involving wheels

Winners:

  • Taylor Telford, Indiana University
  • Carley Lanich, Indiana University
  • Hannah Alani, Indiana University

Other Finalists:

  • Amanda Belcher, Ball State University
  • Alan Hovorka, Ball State University
  • Brody Miller, Indiana University
  • Grace Palmieri, Indiana University
  • Casey Smith, Ball State University
  • Briana Susnak, Indiana University
  • Matthew VanTryon of Butler University

Speaker:
Eric Bradner, a CNN Politics reporter fresh off the 2016 campaign, shared stories from the campaign trail and the night of the election.​

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2015

29th Annual Keating Competition

Assignment:

Circle Centre Mall

Winners:

  • Grace Palmieri, Indiana University
  • Anicka Slachta, Indiana University
  • Annie Garau, Indiana University

Finalists:
Dakota Crawford, Ball State University
Hannah Fleace, Indiana University
Annie Garau, Indiana University
Danielle Grady, Ball State University
Alison Graham, Indiana University
Kaitlin Lange, Ball State University
Grace Palmieri, Indiana University
Anicka Slachta, Indiana University
Mary Katherine Wildeman, Indiana University

Speaker:
Michael J. Sanserino, a two-time Keating winner and Sports Editor at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

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2014

28th Annual Keating Competition

Assignment:

Indianapolis’s Old Northside

Winners:

  • Samantha Schmidt, Indiana University
  • Michael Majchrowicz, Indiana University
  • Ryan Howe, Ball State University

Other Finalists:

  • Hannah Fleace, Indiana University
  • Danielle Grady, Ball State University
  • Evan Hoopfer, Indiana University
  • Alexandra Kincaid, Ball State University
  • Kathryn Moody, Indiana University
  • Jacob Rund, Franklin College
  • Anicka Slachta, Indiana University
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2013

27th Annual Keating Competition

Assignment:

Indianapolis Cultural Trail

Winners:

  • Michael Auslen, Indiana University
  • Evan Hoopfer, Indiana University
  • Jessica Contrera, Indiana University
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2012

26th Annual Keating Competition

Assignment:
Fountain Square Historic District

Winners:

  • Katie Mettler, Indiana University
  • Victoria Ison, Ball State University
  • Claire Wiseman of Indiana University

Speaker:

Jeffrey H. Smulyan, chairman, president and CEO of Emmis Communications, spoke about how the media need to find new business models for their products.

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2011

25th Annual Keating Competition

Winners:

  • Lauren Sedam, Indiana University
  • Michael Auslen, Indiana University
  • Danielle Paquette, Indiana University

Other Finalists:

  • Claire Aronson, Indiana University
  • Elizabeth “Biz” Carson, Indiana University
  • Margaret Ely, Indiana University
  • Lindsey Erdody, Indiana University
  • Lindsey Gelwicks, Ball State University
  • Sean Morrison, Indiana University
  • MaryJane Slaby, Indiana University
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2010

24th Annual Keating Competition

Winners:

  • RachelStark, Indiana University
  • CJ Lotz, Indiana University
  • Christine DiGangi, DePauw University

Other Finalists:

  • Brittany Brownrigg, Franklin College
  • Renee Bruck, Franklin College
  • Elizabeth “Biz” Carson, Indiana University
  • Julie Crothers, Franklin College
  • Caitlin Johnston, Indiana University
  • Andrew Maddocks, DePauw University
  • Sean Morrison, Indiana University
  • Charlie Scudder Indiana University
  • Avi Zaleon, Indiana University

Speaker:
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Tom French

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2009

23th Annual Keating Competition

Winners:

  • Margaret Sutherlin, DePauw University
  • Sarah Hutchins, Indiana University
  • Lana Kunz, University of Southern Indiana

Other Finalists:

  • Natalie Avon, Indiana University
  • Travis Braun, Franklin College
  • Lauren Clason, Indiana University
  • Stephanie Doctrow, Indiana University
  • Amanda Junk, Ball State University
  • Sean Morrison, Indiana University
  • John Seasly, Indiana University

Speaker:
New York Times White House Correspondent Jeff Zeleny