The Knight (Yearbook)

Moderators: Mrs. Melissa Kunkle and Mrs. Pam Zurliene

The yearbook, The Knight, is a student-managed publication.  The staff members are responsible for taking pictures, designing layouts, and writing articles and captions. The staff holds meetings on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm (staff members are asked to attend as often as possible). In addition, because students complete the pages online, they are able to work both at school and at home.

The Knight  has continually received awards at the annual Southern Illinois School Press Association (SISPA) Convention, including receiving the prestigious “Golden Dozen” award in 2011, recognizing the 2009 – 2010 yearbook as one of the twelve best at the convention.

All Mater Dei students are welcome to join the staff of The Knight at any time throughout the year.

Latest News for The Knight (Yearbook)

“The Knight” Earns Golden Dozen Award

Pictured after earning a Golden Dozen Award at the 2017 SISPA Convention are the current “The Knight” yearbook editors (left to right) Sarah Maller, Sarah Schriewer and Annie Kuenstler.

At the 2017 Southern Illinois School Press Association (SISPA) Convention held on February 22 at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, The Knight yearbook earned the prestigious Golden Dozen Award.  This award recognizes the 2015-2016 Lights, Camera, Action yearbook as one of the twelve best at the convention.  The 2015-2016 editors were Lindsay McCray and Taylor Padak, both members of the class of 2016.  Mrs. Melissa Kunkle and Mrs. Pam Zurliene serve as moderators for the yearbook.

MD LANCE and KNIGHT Publications Win Awards


The Knight Yearbook and Lance Newspaper won the top journalism awards at the recent S.I.S.P.A. Convention. Twenty-one members of the yearbook and newspaper staffs, along with newspaper advisor Mrs. Donna Goetz, attended the Southern Illinois School Press Association’s Spring Convention at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale on February 27. While there, students participated in onsite journalism and writing contests or attended workshops. The Lance received the Blue Banner Award for excellence in newspaper production, while the Knight received the Golden Dozen award for outstanding yearbook. The Knight also received first place for Theme, and Honorable Mentions for Graphics and Dividers. Students placing in the onsite contests are Adam Holbrook, Honorable Mention for Review Writing; Hannah Albers, Second Place for Editorial Writing; Zoe Timmermann, First Place for Editorial Writing.

The Southern Illinois School Press Association helps student journalists and advisers as they publish their schools’ newspapers and yearbooks. Through the support of the SIU Carbondale’s School of Journalism, the organization offers support, critique services, workshops, and much more to high schools and junior highs in Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri and Indiana.

Knight Staff Service Project


Knight staff members Alyssa Hollenkamp, Natalie Horstmann, and Paris Hempen place various items into the last care package to be sent to Marines serving in Afghanistan. As its service project, the yearbook staff collected items that were boxed and mailed overseas.

The Knight (yearbook) staff recently completed a service project when it packaged items to send to a soldier, Sgt. Matt Copus, who is serving a tour of duty in the chilly mountains of Afghanistan. As Mater Dei strives to help others, the Knight staff, along with the freshman class, brought items such as magazines, snack foods, hand warmers, and various toiletries for Sgt. Copus and his platoon. In an overwhelming response, student brought in more than enough items to fill 14 boxes that were shipped overseas. Furthermore, the yearbook members held a Halloween candy bar fundraiser to help defray the costs of mailing these care packages to our country’s heroes.

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