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Claire McInerny, KSPA Assistant Director

Claire McInerny is a senior at the University of Kansas and the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications. Claire is a graduate of Blue Valley Northwest High School, where she learned from adviser Jim McCrossen much of what she needed to learn about great journalism. Claire’s main…...

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Mill Valley student wins national JEA award

Kansas’ Journalist of the Year has proven herself one of the nation’s top scholastic journalists. Sarah Darby, a senior at Mill Valley High School in Shawnee, earned $2,000 by being named a runner-up in the Journalism Education Association’s Journalist of the Year competition. Last month, Kansas named Darby its 2012…...

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March Photo winners announced

Students from Maize South, Sterling, Blue Valley West, Blue Valley North, Shawnee Mission North, Olathe Northwest, Blue Valley and Blue Valley Northwest earned first place finishes in the March Photo of the Month contest. Here’s the complete list of winners: Academics 1st Place (tie) — Jaden Hilgers, Maize South 1st…...

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February Photo of the Month winners announced

Students from Shawnee Mission East, Blue Valley West, Blue Valley North and Olathe Northwest are the winners in KSPA’s February Photo of the Month contest. Our photo contest judge chose a portrait of Shawnee Mission East lacrosse players taken by Grant Kendall as the top overall photo for the month.…...

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February Story of the Month winners announced

Chris Heady from Shawnee Mission East and Lily Lieberman from Blue Valley North lead a group of seven students cited by KSPA as winners in the February Story of the Month competition. Heady’s feature story about a former East student whose parents died within six months of each other tied…...

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KSPA State T-shirt Design Contest Deadline Approaching

Each year, the KSPA selects a student design for the state contest t-shirt.  The deadline for the 2012 KSPA state t-shirt design contest is Friday, March 9. For specifics on entry requirements and how to enter, download this pdf. Good luck!...

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Six schools win sweepstakes titles at KSPA state contest

Shawnee Mission East, Andover, Piper, Caney Valley, Humboldt and Western Plains high schools won sweepstakes titles at Saturday’s KSPA state contest at the Kansas Union at the University of Kansas in Lawrence. More than 1,000 students from 95 schools competed in carry-in and on-site contests. More than 50 judges pored…...

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Kansas students bring home awards from JEA/NSPA contests

Once again, students from Kansas high schools and middle schools brought home more than their share of honors at the JEA/NSPA national convention in Anaheim, Calif. Saturday’s National Scholastic Press Association awards ceremony was laden with mentions of winners from the Shawnee Mission district. NSPA Executive Director Logan Aimone paused…...

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Goddard student wins Kansas High School Journalist of the Year award

Tanner Maxwell of Goddard High School has been named the 2011 Kansas High School Journalist of the Year. Maxwell has been editor in chief of The Lion’s Roar newspaper for the past two years, during which time the paper has received both a national Best in Show at the spring…...

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Newton HS photo wins January contest

Shannon Ahlstedt of Newton High School won the Sports Photography contest and was judged Best in Show in KSPA’s January Photo of the Month contest. Ahlstedt’s photograph of NHS wrestler Hugh McConnell captured the judges’ eye because of its clarity and focus, but also because it captured a pivotal moment…...

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