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Salina South grad wins a Pulitzer Prize

Colleen McCain Nelson, 1992 graduate of Salina South High School, has won a 2010 Pulitzer Prize for her work as an editorial writer for the Dallas Morning News. McCain Nelson, along with editorial colleagues Tod Robberson and William McKenzie, was awarded the Pulitzer for an ongoing series of editorials examining…...

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Mill Valley teacher wins 2010 Jackie Engel Award

Kathy Hill Habiger, the journalism adviser for Mill Valley High School, Shawnee, has won a prestigious journalism teaching award for 2010. Habiger is this year’s recipient of Jackie Engel Award, sponsored by the Kansas Associated Collegiate Press and named in honor of Jackie Engel, a former journalism teacher at McPherson…...

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SM Northwest student wins March contest with swim photo

Hannah Williams of Shawnee Mission Northwest won Best in Show in the March Photo of the Month contest with her shot of a fellow Northwest student practicing the butterfly stroke at a swim team practice. Judges commended Williams’ ability to capture the moment (a difficult thing to do when the…...

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‘Amigos’ layout wins design contest for SM East students

Katie Kulaga and Gaby Thompson’s two-page news magazine spread depicting students’ summer volunteer  work in Honduras was judged Best in Show and won the Shawnee Mission East students the next-to-last Story of the Month contest, which focused on news publications design. The spread ran in The Harbinger, East’s award-winning student…...

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CSPA honors three Kansas advisers with Gold Keys

Three Kansas advisers were awarded Gold Keys from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association at the CSPA’s annual conference this month in New York, and a fourth Kansan was awarded the Charles R. O’Malley Award. Linda Drake from Chase County High School, C. Dow Tate from Shawnee Mission East and Rebecca…...

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Five Kansas publications win CSPA Gold Crowns

Yearbooks from Maize South Middle School, Shawnee Mission Northwest High School and Shawnee Mission East High School, along with Web sites from both SM Northwest and SM East, earned Gold Crown awards from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association. The awards were announced at CSPA’s annual spring convention in New York,…...

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BV West, SM East named online Pacemaker finalists

Two Kansas student Web publications earned Online Pacemaker finalist designation Thursday from the National Scholastic Press Association. BVWNews.com from Blue Valley West High School and The Harbinger from Shawnee Mission East High School earned the distinction. Only 13 publications nationwide from schools with 1,500 or more students were so honored.…...

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Blue Valley’s Allison Kohn wins column writing contest

Allison Kohn, a senior from Blue Valley High School, won the February Story of the Month contest for her personal column about taking a self-defense class. The class was started in memory of a former BVHS student who was assaulted and murdered in 2002 while working at a Leawood, Kan.,…...

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East’s Tim Shedor named Kansas HS Journalist of the Year

Senior Tim Shedor from Shawnee Mission East High School has been named the Kansas 2010 High School Journalist of the Year. Shedor is the co-editor-in-chief of East’s award-winning newspaper, The Harbinger. “I do journalism because I have not found a class that can teach me, reprimand me, and correct me…...

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SM South digital yearbook earns national recognition

The 2009 yearbook from Shawnee Mission South High School was named a Pacemaker finalist by the National Scholastic Press Association in its “Digital Yearbook” category. Jack Hochman served as editor of the book, and Linda Barber is the adviser at South. South’s digital yearbook is an addition to the regular…...

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