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KSPA Executive Board welcomes six new members

Election results for the KSPA Executive Board have been finalized, and the Board is happy to welcome these six new members to two-year terms that end in May 2014. Area 1: Kathy Habiger, Mill Valley HS Area 2: Erica Rickard, Newton HS Area 3: Jessica Bowman, Canton-Galva HS Area 4:…...

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23 News Publications earn All-Kansas; 3 more earn web and video honors

The spring All-Kansas critiques are in, and 26 news publications, websites and video news programs from 23 schools earned All-Kansas honors for 2012. The list is led by Chapman (Class 4A), Mill Valley (Class 5A) and Shawnee Mission East (Class 6A), which each won two All-Kansas plaques. Chapman and adviser…...

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Brandi Stout of KC Washington wins 2012 Sunflower

Kansas City Washington adviser Brandi Stout has been named the winner of the 2012 Sunflower Award, given annually by KSPA to a relatively new adviser (first four years) who has already made a significant contribution to scholastic journalism in Kansas. Stout, who will be honored at the annual KSPA State…...

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Wichita SE adviser Susan Gray wins Ad Astra Award

Susan Gray, the publications adviser at Wichita Southeast High School, has earned KSPA’s 2012 Ad Astra Award, which honors teachers who continually improve their journalism programs and make significant contributions to the advising profession. Gray received nominations from two peer advisers, three students at Southeast and a former student who…...

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Canton-Galva principal wins Administrator of the Year award

Canton-Galva Principal Jack Koehn has been named the 2012 KSPA Administrator of the Year because of his full understanding of the Kansas Student Publications Act and his proper application of the statute at his school. In her nomination letter on behalf of Koehn, Canton-Galva journalism adviser Jessica Bowman describes an…...

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Mill Valley student wins national JEA award

Kansas’ Journalist of the Year has proven herself one of the nation’s top scholastic journalists. Sarah Darby, a senior at Mill Valley High School in Shawnee, earned $2,000 by being named a runner-up in the Journalism Education Association’s Journalist of the Year competition. Last month, Kansas named Darby its 2012…...

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Kansas schools clean up at NSPA awards show

SEATTLE — Four Kansas publications from three schools earned Pacemaker Awards Saturday afternoon at the National Scholastic Press Association’s awards ceremony at the Washington State Convention Center. Shawnee Mission East led by earning Pacemakers for the Harbinger Online website and the Hauberk yearbook. Yearbooks from Shawnee Mission North (The Indian)…...

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Board of Directors 2012 election set for April 16-22

The 2012 KSPA election will take place the week of April 16 concluding on Sunday, April 22, at midnight. On April 16, 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. All…...

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Satanta teacher named top journalism adviser

Jennifer Hanson, business teacher and publications adviser at Satanta High School in Satanta, Kan., was named the 2012 recipient of the Jackie Engel Award, which honors the best of high school journalism advising in Kansas. Hanson has been the journalism adviser at Satanta for 12 years. Previously, she worked as…...

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Stories about storytelling, male cheerleaders earn top honors for March

Rachel Anderson’s story about male cheerleaders at Blue Valley North, along with Erin O’Neill’s feature about Blue Valley Northwest’s Storytelling program led the winners in the March Story of the Month contest. Here’s a list of the winners with links to their stories: News 1st Place — Rachel Anderson, Blue…...

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