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KSPA Board of Directors election set April 8-14

The 2013 KSPA election will take place the week of April 8 concluding on Sunday, April 14, at midnight. On April 8, KSPA will send an email to members that includes a link on where to access the proper ballot and instructions on how to submit an electronic ballot. The…...

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Andover’s Chad Phillips named 2013 Kansas HS Journalist of the Year

Chad Phillips, a senior at Andover High School, has been named the 2013 Kansas High School Journalist of the Year, and Sophia Templin from De Soto High School has been named the Class 3A/4A Kansas High School Journalist of the Year. Phillips, editor-in-chief of the award-winning Trojan Bluestreak yearbook, will receive…...

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Three Kansas student websites earn Pacemaker finalist distinction

Student news websites from Lawrence Free State, Mill Valley and Shawnee Mission East were named Pacemaker finalists Tuesday by the National Scholastic Press Association. NSPA Online Pacemaker contest judges waded through 252 student news websites from across the country and winnowed that list down to 50 finalists, three from Kansas.…...

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ESU and KSU report regional contest winners

KSPA wrapped up its most hectic regional contest season Tuesday with the release of results for both the Emporia State (ESU) and Kansas State (KSU) regionals. Because of Winter Storm “Q” and the blizzard that it spawned, both regionals had to be canceled on Thursday, Feb. 21, their scheduled dates,…...

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Four sites report regional results early; KSU and ESU results now in

The Feb. 21-22 blizzard moved five KSPA regionals off-site, but judges from all of those regionals have completed their tasks — despite an additional delay caused by storms just four and five days later in eastern Kansas. Below are results from the Pittsburg State, Fort Hays State, Wichita State and…...

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Students from Blue Valley, BV North, Lawrence and SM North earn February photo prizes

Four students earned first place in the February Photo of the Month contest sponsored by KSPA. Bailey Outlaw (Blue Valley), Alex Scimecca (Blue Valley North), Joseph Anderson (Lawrence) and Megan Alford(Shawnee Mission North) impressed this month’s photo judge with their photos and photo illustrations. Here’s the complete list of winners…...

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WSU regional contest is fifth regional to move off-site

Winter Storm Q has caused the fifth of six KSPA journalism regional contests to be moved from a college campus back to individual high schools. The latest victim is the regional scheduled Friday for Wichita State University. Contest coordinator Amy DeVault and KSPA Executive Director Jeff Browne made the decision…...

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Blizzard of ’13 blows KU regional off-site

Winter Storm Q — which may be remembered as the Blizzard of ’13 — has forced KSPA to move its Lawrence regional scheduled for Friday from the University of Kansas to individual schools. Each of the schools scheduled to participate in the KU regional will now mail its carry-in contests ASAP to KSPA…...

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KSU, ESU and FHSU regionals are now off-site contests

The 2013 regional contests scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 21 at Kansas State University, Emporia State University and Fort Hays State University have been changed to off-site contests because of heavy snow that is already plaguing much of Kansas. Students registered for contests in Manhattan, Emporia and Hays will now compete…...

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January contest honors three winning designs

Students from Maize, Shawnee Mission East and Lawrence High School won first place honors in the January Design of the Month contest. Below are the winning entries. (Click on the school name to see the design.) Yearbook Spread Anna Weaver, Regan Schenck and Jennifer Terrell / Maize High School Perri…...

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