Retired journalism adviser and ardent supporter of students' rights to free speech Konnie Krislock will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from JEA in Anaheim at the Spring National High School Journalism Convention. Krislock, along with nine other recipients, will receive her honors at the luncheon to be held on Saturday, April 27.
From JEA's website: Konnie Krislock, Newport Beach, California, has known for years how to get the best out of her students and how to make that possible for new advisers wanting the same thing. As a JEA mentor, Krislock not only provided educational support to her mentees, but also a force to be reckoned with when it came to scholastic press rights. “When school started, Konnie came in to work with my students and we arranged a meeting with my new principal,” nominator Jessica Young, MJE, said. “Not one to mince words, Konnie immediately informed my principal of his role in MY program. I knew I had someone in my corner, ready to answer my questions, support my choices and cheer me on as I faced new challenges.” Krislock has provided that same support system to numerous other teachers, helping them navigate the world of advising through her Newspapers2 Workshop in Southern California and also helping write the California Free Expression Law in 1977.