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Eleven Kansas students named NSPA contest finalists

Students from Shawnee Mission East, Skyline, Blue Valley Northwest, Kapaun Mt. Carmel, Blue Valley West and Shawnee Mission North have been named finalists in the National Scholastic Press Association’s Photo of the Year, Design of the Year, Story of the Year and Broadcast of the Year contests. The NSPA will announce other finalists on their site through the next several days.

The Kansas finalists, their respective media and schools, and the category:

  • Sam Kozvan, The Harbinger, Shawnee Mission East, Sports Story;
  • Patrick Mayfield, The Harbinger, Shawnee Mission East, Environmental Portrait;
  • Alexis Mesmer, Thunderbird, Skyline, Feature Picture;
  • Tyler Roste, Hauberk, Shawnee Mission East, News Picture;
  • Eric Zoeller, Indian, Shawnee Mission North, Sports Action Photography;
  • Rachel English, The Harbinger, Shawnee Mission East, Sports Reaction Photography;
  • Kirsten Robinson, The Express, Blue Valley NW, Newspaper Page One;
  • Kayla Mitchell, Paladin, Kapaun Mt. Carmel, Newspaper Page/Spread;
  • Andrew Dickinson, Indian, Shawnee Mission North, Yearbook Page/Spread; and
  • Brittyn Fuller (Blue Valley NW) and Ty Grosshuesch (Blue Valley West), BVTV, Broadcast Feature and Broadcast News.

These 11 students are among 130 students nationwide chosen as finalists in these four categories.

The NSPA will announce winners and places at its semi-annual conference in Washington, D.C., Nov. 14 (the conference runs Nov. 12-15).

C. Dow Tate is the journalism adviser at Shawnee Mission East; Skyline students are advised by Judy Hampel, who is a KSPA Area 5 representative; Blue Valley Northwest students are advised by Jim McCrossen, who also serves as president of KSPA; Ashley Perkins teaches journalism at Kapaun Mt. Carmel; and Becky Tate is the adviser at Shawnee Mission North.

On the broadcast side, Blue Valley Television students earned finalist recognition from the NSPA for two video news packages the students produced earlier this year for BVTV, Channel 18 in Johnson County.

Reporter Brittyn Fuller and photographer Ty Grosshuesch were named finalists for Broadcast Feature Story for their package on a child born with a congenital heart defect.

The same duo earned finalist status for a news package on texting while driving, a package that also won an award in this year’s Kansas Association of Broadcasters student contest.

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