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SM Northwest adviser to enter KSPA Hall of Fame

Susan Massy, the long-time adviser at Shawnee Mission Northwest High School, has been selected for induction into the KSPA Hall of Fame. KSPA will honor Massy as the 37th member of the Hall of Fame during the annual State Contest Brunch and Members Meeting, Saturday, May 4, 2013, in the…...

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Shawnee Mission West principal named KSPA Administrator of the Year

Dr. Charles McLean, the principal at Shawnee Mission West High School, has been named KSPA’s Administrator of the Year for 2013. McLean is in the final year of a 44-year career in education, the last eight of which have been spent at West. Prior to his time at West, McLean…...

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Jessica Bowman, Barbara Tholen win KSPA adviser awards

Jessica Bowman of Canton-Galva High School has won the 2013 Ad Astra Award and Barbara Tholen of Lawrence High School has won the 2013 Sunflower Award, the two annual awards given by KSPA. A third award, the Jackie Engel Award, is determined by Kansas Collegiate Media and will be announced later…...

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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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