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Sterling High School students win Courage in Journalism Award

The Kansas Scholastic Press Association congratulates Madison Lackey, Ashlyn Spangenberg, Riley Richter, Megan Roelfs, Abby Riffel and Courtney Ball of Sterling High School. They have earned the second annual Courage in Journalism Award from KSPA, an award founded in 2019 on the 50th anniversary of the monumental Tinker v. Des…...

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Chris Botts named 2020 Administrator of the Year

Dr. Chris Botts has been named KSPA’s 2020 Administrator of the Year, which recognizes secondary school administrators who have stood up for the First Amender and his/her students. Botts is principal at Maize High School in Maize, Kansas. Students and Maize staff spoke highly of Botts’ support of the journalism…...

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Heather Springer wins 2020 Sunflower Award

Heather Springer has been named the 2020 winner of the Sunflower Award, which recognizes a new adviser who shows enthusiasm and dedication to building a strong journalism program. Springer currently advises newspaper and photojournalism at Olathe South High School, where she has been since 2018. In her time at Olathe…...

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Congratulations to the February monthly contest winners!

With eight awards Shawnee Mission East High School brought the heat in February and received the most awards. Mill Valley High School was right behind earning five awards. Video 1st Place: Grace Roberts, Katie Pittman from Blue Valley Southwest High School 2nd Place: Sydney Holmes, Madeline Wilkinson, Brady Hoyt from…...

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KSPA cancels 2020 Middle School Contest

Due to the school closures announced yesterday, it is with great sadness that we have decided to cancel the 2020 Middle School Mail-In Contest. As schools are closed, we worry that teachers will not have access to files, prints, school finances and so much more that they rely on to…...

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State Contest modified for COVID-19

Our board and staff have been closely monitoring the spread of COVID-19 and discussing how KSPA can provide support for student journalism while keeping you and your students safe. At critical times like these, I am so grateful to have a board of directors made up of such thoughtful advisers…...

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2020 Regional Contest Results

Congratulations to the students who submitted thousands of entries for the KSPA Regional Contests and won the awards below. A REGIONAL RUNDOWN Over the past month, 85 Kansas high schools submitted more than 2,166 entries to the KSPA Regional Contest. Here are your winners! 1A/2A Results PLAINS REGIONAL: ¬†Full results…...

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Congratulations to the December-January monthly contest winners!

It is a three-way tie for Blue Valley Northwest, Mill Valley High School and Shawnee Mission Northwest in December- January with each earning six awards each. Blue Valley West was on their tails with five awards. Video 1st Place: Sydney Holmes, Megan Ta, Victor Nguyen, Trey Green from Maize Career…...

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Henschel of Shawnee Mission East earns Kansas Student Journalist of the Year

The Kansas Scholastic Press Association congratulates Shawnee Mission East senior Ben Henschel on winning the statewide honor of the 2020 Kansas Student Journalist of the Year. Henschel leads the Harbinger Online, the school’s news website, as editor-in-chief and broadcast editor. The overall winner is chosen among the winners of three…...

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Congratulations to the November monthly contest winners!

Mill Valley High School School took top honors and earned ten awards in November. They earned two first place, four second place and four third place wins. Shawnee Mission East High School earned second place with six awards. Video 1st Place: Sydney Williams from Shawnee Mission East High School 2nd…...

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