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2014-2015 KSPA Membership Open

Advisers can fill out our online membership form to enjoy all of the great KSPA benefits for the coming school year....

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New executive director named

Eric Thomas, a former high school media adviser and teacher from Kansas City, has been appointed as the next executive director of KSPA. Thomas advised online, yearbook and newspaper students at St. Teresa’s Academy, where students earned top national, state and regional awards. His time at KU will be split…...

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Executive director says goodbye

I officially accepted an offer this morning, Tuesday, Aug. 6, from the University of Colorado at Boulder to become the director of the CU News Corps and an instructor in their journalism program. My last day as KSPA’s executive director will be Saturday, Aug. 17, when the board of directors meets…...

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Middle school students earn awards in KSPA contest

The results are in for KSPA’s annual spring middle school contest, and students from all over the state have won awards in several categories. The mail-in contest was coordinated by Mary Patrick, the adviser at Maize South MS and the middle school liaison to the KSPA Executive Board. She was…...

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Lots of ties in April Photo of the Month contest

A three-way tie for first in sports photography set the tone for a month of ties in the April KSPA Photo of the Month contest. Joseph Anderson of Lawrence, Marisa Walton of Shawnee Mission East and Jordan Reinhardt of Blue Valley Northwest shared first place by scoring 47 of 50…...

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Blue Valley Northwest adviser wins Jackie Engel Award

Jim McCrossen, journalism teacher and adviser at Blue Valley Northwest High School in Overland Park, has won a prestigious journalism teaching award for 2013. McCrossen is this year’s recipient of the Jackie Engel Award, sponsored by the Kansas Collegiate Media, and named in honor of Jackie Engel, a former journalism…...

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Amy DeVault wins first Friend of KSPA Award

Amy DeVault from Wichita State University has been named the first winner of the Friend of KSPA Award, which was established this year as a way to honor professionals and others who have contributed so much to the organization. DeVault, an assistant professor in the Elliott School of Communication at…...

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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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