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KSDE funding decision under media spotlight

KSPA’s ad hoc CTE committee has made an impact on the public’s awareness of the Kansas State Department of Education’s decision to cut journalism funding effective 2012. Led by Karen Ford of Holton HS, committee members have lobbied state media to write about the decision, and they’ve lobbied KSDE decision-makers…...

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Journalism should satisfy KSDE pathway requirements

Lawrence Free State adviser Laurie Folsom, also a member of the KSPA’s ad hoc Career and Technical Education action committee, wrote a blog post for the Lawrence Journal-World that brilliantly articulates KSPA’s position on journalism’s place in the CTE curriculum. In a message she sent to the JEA listserv, Laurie…...

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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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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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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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SM Northwest student wins state t-shirt contest

Stephanie Spicer, Shawnee Mission Northwest, is the winner of the 2010 state t-shirt contest.  Her design was selected out of 15 unique entries, and she will receive an award of $50 for her efforts. Spicer is the newspaper design editor for the SMNW Passage and assistant yearbook designer for the…...

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Journalism scholarships available to students entering college

Here is a short list of journalism scholarships available to high school seniors. Some are for seniors wishing to study journalism as a college student and others acknowledge the work that students have done as a journalist. Make sure you pay attention to due dates, and good luck. Quill and…...

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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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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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Here’s to better weather

It’s not a very nice Sunday here in Lawrence, with wet snow falling and the temperature hovering around 32 degrees. A quick check of the forecast for regional contests, however, appears to give us all a break around Kansas, and clear sailing to your regional. Pittsburg: Clear Wednesday night, with…...

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