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Congratulations to the October 2022 monthly contest winners!

The October monthly contest had 182 entries submitted. The school earning the most awards is Shawnee Mission East High School with a total of six awards.  Maize Career Academy came in second with five total awards. Video News 1st Place: Natalie Partridge, Stahley Sears, Spencer Rich, Adrian Sanders from Maize…...

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Congratulations to the August/September 2022 monthly contest winners!

The August/September monthly contest had 151 entries submitted. The school earning the most awards is Shawnee Mission East High School with a total of seven awards. Wow, a four-way tie between Blue Valley Northwest High School, Lawrence High School, Maize Career Academy and Olathe South High School with six awards…...

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Congratulations to the April 2022 monthly contest winners!

The April monthly contest had 113 entries submitted. The school earning the most awards is Shawnee Mission East High School with a total of nine awards. Mill Valley High School came in second with six awards. Video 1st Place: Bianca Salazar from Trinity Catholic High School 2nd Place: Noah Byer,…...

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Announcing the 2022 All-Kansas publications

Congratulations to the following KSPA-member staffs for earning All-Kansas status for their news publications, news websites and video news publications during the 2021-2022 academic years. This year, our judges critiqued a total of 20 news publications, 12 news websites and 3 video news publications. Twenty of those publications were awarded…...

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Members approve constitutional changes unanimously and elect new board members

This week, the voting finished for the KSPA board election and the proposed revisions to the KSPA constitution. A total of 52 members voted from all five areas of the KSPA map. Please see below for the elected candidates from the board elections:  MEMBER AT LARGE: Julie Barker of Augusta…...

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Congratulations to the March 2022 monthly contest winners!

The March monthly contest had 100 entries submitted. Schools earning the most awards are Mill Valley High School and Maize Career Academy. Mill Valley earned a total of seven awards. Maize Career Academy came in as a close second with six earned awards. Video 1st Place: Trey Reisman, Curtis Wellborn,…...

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USD 383 Manhattan High Administration Team named 2022 Administrator of the Year

A team of administrators from Manhattan High School has been named KSPA’s 2022 Administrator of the Year, an award which recognizes secondary school administrators who have stood up for the First Amendment and advocated for journalism students. The recipients from USD 383 are Superintendent Marvin Wade, Assistant Superintendent Eric Reid,…...

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Remembering Dana Leibengood

On Saturday, Dana Leibengood, the first director and one of the founding members of KSPA passed away at the age of 89.  Along with Jackie Engel, Dana Leibengood began the Kansas Scholastic Press Association and remains one of only five directors in the history of the association.  In 1995, Leibengood…...

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Olathe West student wins Courage in Journalism Award

The Kansas Scholastic Press Association congratulates the winner of the 2022 KSPA Courage in Journalism Award: Emily Harter of Olathe West High School. Harter’s nomination materials describe how she wrote an opinion piece, published in December 2021, that recommended her school abolish a hand gesture that was used as a…...

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Tucker Love wins 2022 Sunflower Award

KSPA congratulates the 2022 Sunflower Award winner: Tucker Love from Shawnee Mission South High School. The Sunflower Award recognizes new advisers who show enthusiasm and dedication to building a strong journalism program and aims to encourage those teachers to remain in the profession.  Love advises The Patriot Online news website,…...

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