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Pulitzer winner, Hays workshops highlight Fall Conference slate

A Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial writer and a new conference format for Hays highlight the KSPA Fall Conference schedule for 2010. Salina native and University of Kansas graduate Colleen McCain Nelson will deliver keynote addresses at the first two conferences, set for Monday, Sept. 20 at KU in Lawrence, and for…...

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KSPA plans busy 2010-2011 calendar, so join now

The 2010-2011 schedule of activities and contests for the Kansas Scholastic Press Association could very well be the busiest ever, and it will culminate, as always, with regional and state competitions next spring. Fall Conferences are already being planned for Lawrence, Manhattan and Hays, the second Statehouse Reporter Day in…...

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Eight Kansas students win awards in national NFPW contest

Kansas entries placed in eight categories in the National Federation of Press Women high school journalism contest. Winners were announced this week by the NFPW. Kansas winners included: Rachel Ferencz, Rachel Avery and Lauren Komer, Shawnee Mission Northwest, First Place, News Story; Ian Wiseman, Shawnee Mission East, Second Place, Sports…...

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Baseball photo wins April contest for SM Northwest freshman

Brittany Bonsignore‘s baseball photo caught the eye of University of Kansas journalism faculty in April, and the Shawnee Mission Northwest freshman won KSPA’s final Photo of the Month contest for 2009-2010. Judges were impressed with Bonsignore’s exploration of depth of field, her apparent understanding of tight cropping, the captured moment…...

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SM Northwest designer creates winning ‘Warcraft’ page

Annie Unruh of the Lair yearbook at Shawnee Mission Northwest High School has won the April Story of the Month contest, which focused on yearbook page design. Unruh’s winning work, which will be pages 20-21 of the Lair when it’s distributed this month, focuses on SMNW student Cormac Prosser and…...

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KPC announces winners in Write-Off Competition

Students from Phillipsburg, Shawnee Mission Northwest, Shawnee Mission East, Blue Valley Northwest and Lawrence High School won first place in the Kansas Professional Communicators and KSPA All-Kansas Write-Off Competition for 2009-2010. View the results in this link. All first-place winners in national categories are forwarded for competition in the National…...

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Twenty news publications earn All-Kansas distinction

Twenty high school news publications — at least one from every classification in the state — earned All-Kansas distinction from the KSPA All-Kansas judging and critique service for 2010. The winners will receive All-Kansas plaques at the State Contest, scheduled for Saturday at the Kansas Union in Lawrence. Schools with…...

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Help a Kansas school earn a visit from President Obama

Blue Valley Northwest has a chance to hear President Barack Obama speak at the school’s 2010 commencement ceremony, and you can help make it happen. Voting begins at 7 a.m. CDT, Monday, April 26, for the winner of the first annual Race to the Top High School Commencement Challenge. Voting…...

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Kansas students shine at JEA/NSPA convention in Portland

Students from Andover High School, Goddard, Shawnee Mission East, Shawnee Mission Northwest and Shawnee Mission West won several awards this past weekend at the JEA/NSPA national convention in Portland, Ore. Foremost among the winners was East’s Tim Shedor, the Kansas High School Journalist of the Year. Shedor was one of…...

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