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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, who is also a copy editor for the Knightly News.

Hill’s work was selected from a selection of seven applications. Hill and Haley will both be recognized during KSPA’s online award ceremony May 2.

“This year we had seven contestants and all of them had strong applications,” said Mary Patrick, long-time Maize South Middle School adviser and Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, who the contest was named after. “Overall judges were impressed with student essays and student work samples.”

Hill earns a scholarship to a summer journalism workshop in Kansas during her time in or before high school. Hill also has the opportunity to submit her application materials to the national conference.

Mary Patrick Aspiring Journalist Nora Hill (right), and Mary Patrick Aspiring Journalist Runner-Up Ashlyn Haley (left), in their journalism classroom.

Nora Hill: Mary Patrick Aspiring Young Journalist

  • School: Indian Hills Middle School
  • Adviser: Rachel Basden

Ashlyn Haley: Mary Patrick Aspiring Young Journalist Runner-Up

  • School: Indian Hills Middle School
  • Adviser: Rachel Basden

The board and staff of KSPA congratulate Hill and Haley on their award-winning application and portfolio.

We also wish Hill the best of luck as she enters her work into the national competition.

“Thank you to you and your students for their dedication to journalism,” Patrick said. “It will be fun to follow their careers in high school.”

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