Eiman Mir, a senior at Brookfield East High School, was awarded 2024 Wisconsin Journalist of the Year by the Wisconsin Journalism Education Association.

The association, which connects and supports scholastic journalism programs statewide, praised Mir for “exceptional leadership, dedication to keeping students informed, community outreach and commitment to diversity in journalism.”

In a news release, the association noted Mir’s accomplishments at Brookfield East’s newspaper, the Spartan Banner, as well as her launch of a podcast at the school.

“Judges were particularly impressed with Eiman’s initiative in creating lesson materials, implementing a summer writing workshop and organizing a recruitment trip to a local middle school, fostering excitement about journalism among 8th graders,” the association said.

“I am very grateful for this recognition and am humbled to have the opportunity to share the excitement that comes with this honor,” Mir said in a statement. “This award motivates me to continue to pursue journalism beyond high school and continue to share the stories of people around me while highlighting important issues.”

Mir said she plans to study public health and biology in college with a minor degree in journalism.

“I am interested in learning more about the role of effective communication in public health initiatives and seeing how I can make a difference. I also look forward to continuing to write for the college newspaper,” she said.

As part of her award, Mir receives a $1,000 scholarship from the MPC Endowment and qualifies for the National High School Journalist of the Year Competition with the possibility of a $3,000 scholarship.

MPC Endowment is the independent charitable affiliate of the Milwaukee Press Club and has been supporting journalism excellence since 1973. For more information about the Endowment, go to MPCendowment.org.

To learn more about the Wisconsin Journalism Education Association, go to WisJEA.org.