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Congratulations to the November monthly contest winners!

Blue Valley Northwest High School was the overall winner with six awards. Lawrence High School, Mill Valley High School and Shawnee Mission East High School tied for second place earning five each. Video 1st Place: Kelli Marshall, Katie Pittman from Blue Valley Southwest High School  2nd Place: Lawder DeSantis from…...

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Congratulations to the October monthly contest winners!

Blue Valley Northwest High School hit it out of the park in October with 12 awards. Mill Valley High School was next with six awards. Video 1st Place: Katie Charest, Shreya Bhatia, Jessica Bell from Blue Valley Southwest High School  2nd Place: Grace Roberts, Gabe McGee, Kelli Marshall from Blue…...

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Congratulations to the August-September monthly contest winners!

Blue Valley High School earned the most awards in August-September with eight awards. Shawnee Mission East High School was right behind earning seven awards. Video 1st Place:  Sydney Williams from Shawnee Mission East High School  2nd Place: Nityanta Saripalli from Blue Valley Southwest High School 3rd Place: Molly Wenzel from…...

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ADVISERS: please respond to our new year

A letter from executive director Eric Thomas During our most recent KSPA board meeting, the board members were joking about the cliches that have come from this pandemic. Events are “unprecedented.” Every organization is “pivoting” and then finding “the new normal.” When events can’t be “socially distanced,” they must be…...

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Congratulations to the April monthly contest winners!

Blue Valley Northwest High School earned the most awards in April with ten awards. Mill Valley High School was right behind earning seven awards. Video 1st Place: Lily Torres from Blue Valley Northwest 2nd Place: Ethan Schenkel, Victor Nguyen, Megan Ta from Maize Career Academy 3rd Place: Aaron Avery from…...

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Jeffrey Welch wins 2020 Jackie Engel Award

Jeffrey Welch, Wichita South High School’s journalism adviser, has been named the 2020 winner of the Jackie Engel Award, which recognizes the top Kansas high school teachers for their excellence in publications advising. Welch has advised Wichita South’s student magazine, “The Torch,” and yearbook, “Sceptre,” since 2007. He is also…...

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Announcing the 2020 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. This year, our judges critiqued a total of 29 news publications, 12 news websites and four video news publications. 19 of those publications were awarded with All-Kansas distinction. Completed electronic…...

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Indian Hills student earns 2020 Mary Patrick Aspiring Young Journalist Award

The Kansas Scholastic Press Association congratulates Indian Hills Middle School student Nora Hill on winning the statewide honor of the 2020 Mary Patrick Aspiring Journalist Award. Hill is a copy editor for her online and print publication, the Knightly News. The runner-up for the award is her classmate, Ashlyn Haley,…...

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2020 KSPA Board Elections

The voting for KSPA board positions finished April 20 with eleven candidates competing for the six open board positions. Three new members of the board will be joining KSPA’s leadership in August 2020. Please see the list of elected representatives below: Area 1: Jessica Augustine of Hays High School  …...

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Congratulations to the March monthly contest winners!

With nine awards each Blue Valley Northwest High School and Shawnee Mission East High School tied for most awards received in March. Lawrence High School was right behind earning eight awards. Video 1st Place: Sydney Holmes, Brady Hoyt, Madeline Wilkinson from Maize Career Academy  2nd Place: Mia Robinson from Lawrence…...

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