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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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23 yearbooks earn All-Kansas honors for 2012

Twenty-three 2012 yearbooks earned All-Kansas distinction in the annual critique service and contest. This year, 55 schools participated in All-Kansas Yearbooks. Judges from around the country judged the books and are thrilled with the improvements on the books from last year to this year. The winners are listed below in order of…...

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Personal video ‘column’ from SM Northwest student wins November contest

A personal video column produced by Travis Calvin and Jaylen Jenks earned this month’s top prize in KSPA’s Multimedia of the Month contest. The two students attend Shawnee Mission Northwest High School. (Scroll down to see the video.) The video that earned second place — produced by Hannah Reichle of…...

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JEA announces new guidelines for High School Journalist of the Year

The Journalism Education Association released its new guidelines and rubric for its Journalist of the Year contest. KSPA administers the JOY contest for Kansas, then forwards the state winner to JEA to compete in the national competition. The 2013 JOY contest allows for students to present a digital portfolio —…...

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Kansas students win 58 JEA Write-Off awards

Kansas students won 58 of 679 national awards in the Journalism Education Association’s Write-Off Contests at the NSPA/JEA national convention last weekend in San Antonio. Of those 58 winners, 11 were rated “Superior,” 15 earned “Excellent” and 32 earned “Honorable Mention.” Andover High School had 10 winners, Pittsburg 9, Derby…...

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SM East graduate wins national Story of the Year contest

Chris Heady, a 2012 graduate of Shawnee Mission East High School, was awarded first place in the Sports Story category of the National Scholastic Press Association’s 2012 Story of the Year contest. Heady, now a freshman at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, won the award for his story chronicling SME head…...

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Two Kansas news publications win NSPA Pacemakers; 14 more publications earn Best of Show awards

The Pirates’ Log from Piper High School and The Tiger Print from Blue Valley High School on Nov. 17 earned Newspaper Pacemaker awards from the National Scholastic Press Association at the semi-annual NSPA/JEA national convention in San Antonio, Texas. The Pirates’ Log won its Pacemaker — considered the Pulitzer of…...

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SM Northwest video wins September contest

A video on how local bands make it in Kansas City earned McKinnon Walsh of Shawnee Mission Northwest first place in the September KSPA Multimedia of the Month contest. The winning video, despite having no traditional voice-over from a reporter, is logically organized and features great interviews, fun graphics, excellent…...

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