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Kara Lynch named new interim executive director

The Kansas Scholastic Press Association has received a new interim executive director! Kara Lynch was appointed to the position on September 2, 2013.  She will serve as the interim executive director for the 2013-14 academic year while a national search is underway for a permanent executive director. Lynch has taught…...

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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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Six schools win the 2013 state journalism sweepstakes

On a cold, wet May day, six schools came out on top at Saturday’s Kansas Scholastic Press Association State Contest in Lawrence. The winners included: Class 1A: St. Francis Class 2A: Chase County   Class 3A: Humboldt Class 4A: Bonner Springs Class 5A: Mill Valley Class 6A: Shawnee Mission North Students competed in 20 categories (11 carry-in contests…...

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19 news publications, 5 websites and 2 video programs earn All-Kansas dinstinction

Twenty-six high school news organizations earned All-Kansas distinction from the KSPA All-Kansas judging and critique service for spring 2013. The winners will receive All-Kansas plaques at the State Contest, scheduled for Saturday, May 4, 2013, at the Kansas Union in Lawrence. Schools with news publications sent three issues of their publication…...

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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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KSPA membership renewal now available

Kansas high school journalism programs can now renew their Kansas Scholastic Press Association membership for the 2013-2014 year here. New members are also welcome to register at the link. As a member of KSPA, advisers and students have access to contests, conferences and scheduled activities to further their journalism education…...

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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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