The high school newspaper, THE PIRATE PRESS, earned numerous state awards from the Iowa High School Press Association.
Hudson won the top two awards in the Feature Photography division. Senior Emily Adams won second place for her photo entitled "Red-Handed," featured on the January 2012 cover. Senior Olivia Wright won first place for her "The New Face of Football" photo which was published in the October 2011 issue, featuring senior quarterback Cale Henke. Wright also won first place in the Sports Photography division with this photo.
Newcomer Haylee Green, a sophomore, won a first place award for Hudson in the editorial cartoon category for her drawing entitled "The Little Things."
In the writing categories, Hudson won five awards. In Personality Profile, Hudson students took two of the possible four awards with 3rd place going to newcomers Casey Miles and Erin Rustad for their collaborative efforts on an article entitled "Teachers As Coaches." Taking first place in this category was another collaboration by sophomore Tatayana Brietkruez and senior Rachael Bair over sophomore Sara Fread entitled "Do You See What I See?". Yet another collaboration proved successful for Hudson. Sophomores Abby Hillmer and Courtney Petersen won 2nd place in the In-Depth Reporting category with an article over changes at Hudson entitled, "Times, They Are A Changin'." Fellow sophomore Jason Hawkins brought home Hudson's only award in the sports writing division with a third place award for his piece over football coach Barry Scott entitled, "Keeping The Drive Alive." Hudson alum Jamie Miller, Class of 2011, rounded up Hudson's writing awards with a first place award in the news writing division for her piece over Hudson's inaugural Robotics Club.
Fellow Class of 2011 graduate Adrian Thompson won a third place award for Hudson in the Illustration division for her tribute to the Class of 2011, a replica of the board game, "Life" appropriately entitled "The Game of Life".
Finally, The Pirate Press won 1st place in the Graphics division, a testament for its overall look. This award was earned by managing editor Juliann Finn for her efforts on a redesign of the paper and fellow designers for the months of December 2011 and March 2012: Rachael Bair, Kelly Budreau, Juliann Finn, Jason Hawkins, Jordan Kelly, Casey Miles, Erin Rustad, Alexis Shock, Shelby Wiebers, and Olivia Wright.