State College Area High School senior Casey McCracken is the 2013 recipient of the Bill Welch Award for Excellence in Journalism.
McCracken, editor-in-chief of the Lions’ Digest at State High and a volunteer writer for the State College-based newspaper Voices, was selected for the award by the high school’s journalism faculty. The honor is named for late State College Mayor Bill Welch, who was a reporter and executive editor of the Centre Daily Times. It was created by the Young Writers of America, of which Welch was a longtime member.
The daughter of Janet McCracken and Jeff Hayes, Casey McCracken also is the the treasurer of the LEO Club at State High. A lifelong State College resident, she hopes to attend Ithaca College, to major in journalism or documentary studies. A guitar player, she also enjoys mountain biking, backpacking, camping and running. She has two brothers, Joe and Kyle.
McCracken formally received the award in a recent ceremony held at the Allen Street Grill in State College. In addition to a plaque, she was presented with a book on journalism specially selected by Nadine Kofman, wife of the late mayor. McCracken’s name has been added to a plaque that hangs in the high school.
Sign Up and Save
Get six months of free digital access to the Centre Daily Times
As Welch awardee, she will undertake an internship at the Centre Daily Times, gaining firsthand experience under the mentorship of the newspaper staff.