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2021 NSPA INDIVIDUAL AWARD FINALISTS

NSPA has announced the finalists for the 2021 individual awards. Kansas publications are finalists in 9 out of the 12 categories. Scroll below to see the finalists and their entries. According to NSPA, winners will be announced virtually at 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13.

Congratulations to all of the students representing the Sunflower state in the NSPA competitions!

Additionally, the following schools were named as Pacemaker finalists in Newspaper or New Magazine:

  • The North Star of Blue Valley North High School
  • The Express of Blue Valley Northwest High School
  • The Harbinger of Shawnee Mission East High School
  • The JagWire of Mill Valley High School
  • The Northwest Passage of Shawnee Mission Northwest
  • The Paladin of Kapaun Mt. Carmel Catholic High School

CARTOON OF THE YEAR

COMICS JOURNALISM

“Opinions on Debate”
Natalie Scholz
The Harbinger
Shawnee Mission East High School
Prairie Village, Kansas


EDITORIAL CARTOON

“Stay Home”
Natalie Scholz
The Harbinger
Shawnee Mission East High School
Prairie Village, Kansas


DESIGN OF THE YEAR

NEWSPAPER FRONT PAGE

“Practice (And Payments) Make Perfect”
Catherine Erickson, Julia Percy, Trevor Paulus, Sarah Golder
The Harbinger
Shawnee Mission East High School
Prairie Village, Kansas


NEWSPAPER PAGE/SPREAD

“It’s Time to Break the Silence”
Catherine Erickson
The Harbinger
Shawnee Mission East High School
Prairie Village, Kansas


NEWSMAGAZINE COVER

“Generation of Growth”
Mitri Krishna, Erin Reece
The Express
Blue Valley Northwest High School
Overland Park, Kansas

 

“A Blow to the Budget”
Siri Chevuru
The Standard
Blue Valley Southwest High School
Overland Park, Kansas


NEWSMAGAZINE PAGE/SPREAD

“Smile, You’re On Camera”
Catherine Erickson
The Harbinger
Shawnee Mission East High School
Prairie Village, Kansas


LITERARY/SPECIALTY MAGAZINE PAGE/SPREAD

“Common culture”
Mia Rice
The Tiger Print
Blue Valley High School
Overland Park, Kansas


YEARBOOK SPREAD

“All hyped-up”
Matthew Cunningham
Indian
Shawnee Mission North High School
Overland Park, Kansas

 

“Mahika Meesa”
Katie Forsen
Illumination
Blue Valley West High School
Overland Park, Kansas

 

“Power of Fifteen”
Katheryn Nachtigal, Camille Dissel
The Hauberk
Shawnee Mission East High School
Prairie Village, Kansas


YEARBOOK THEME PACKAGE

“yeah, this is kinda”
Evan Whitaker
Indian
Shawnee Mission North High School
Overland Park, Kansas


INFORMATIONAL GRAPHIC

“Tech Issues”
Carlos Mata
Indian
Shawnee Mission North High School
Overland Park, Kansas

 

“Hot Takes”
Rebecca Suku
The Standard
Blue Valley Southwest High School
Overland Park, Kansas


ILLUSTRATION

“Losing Myself”
Madison Graff, Teagan VanBlarcom
The Lair
Shawnee Mission Northwest High School
Shawnee, Kansas

 

“Close Call”
Sammi Meeks, Ayrianna Smith, Katey Bustamante
The Lair
Shawnee Mission Northwest High School
Shawnee, Kansas


DIGITAL STORY OF THE YEAR

BLOG

“Coronavirus Chronicles”
Claire Powell
The Tiger Print
Blue Valley High School
Overland Park, Kansas


PHOTO OF THE YEAR

NEWS PHOTO

“Sports Rally”
Claire Powell
The Tiger Print
Blue Valley High School
Overland Park, Kansas


SPORTS GAME/ACTION PHOTO

“Baseball”
Charlie Trent
The Tiger Print
Blue Valley High School
Overland Park, Kansas

 

“Flying High”
Lucy Hartman
The Hauberk
Shawnee Mission East High School
Prairie Village, Kansas


SPORTS FEATURE PHOTO

“Celebrate”
Laney Turner
Regal Red
Maize High School
Maize, Kansas

 

“Soccer regional champs”
Ella Mills
BV Tiger News
Blue Valley High School
Overland Park, Kansas

 

“A Disagreement on the Field”
Rachel Sarff
The Express
Blue Valley Northwest High School
Overland Park, Kansas


ENVIRONMENTAL PORTRAIT

“Art of the Body”
Grace Davis
The Express
Blue Valley Northwest High School
Overland Park, Kansas


STORY OF THE YEAR

NEWS STORY

“SMN Mascot plans to retire during 2020-21 school year”
Anna Miesner
The Mission
Shawnee Mission North High School
Overland Park, Kansas

 

“FBI opens civil rights investigation into 2018 police shooting of BVNW student”
Emma Johnson
BVNWnews
Blue Valley Northwest High School
Overland Park, Kansas


FEATURE STORY

“Living Through Fear”
Maddie Oliver, Lizzie Lively, Erin Reece, Mitri Krishna
The Express
Blue Valley Northwest High School
Overland Park, Kansas


OPINION

“Fridays at the Club”
Morgan Tate
The Northwest Passage
Shawnee Mission Northwest High School
Shawnee, Kansas


SOCIAL JUSTICE REPORTING

SOCIAL JUSTICE NEWS STORY

“Blue Valley Bigotry”
Claire Powell, Charlie Trent, Tymber Moody, Stephanie Kontapanos
The Tiger Print
Blue Valley High School
Overland Park, Kansas


PORTFOLIO OF THE YEAR

ARTISTS OF THE YEAR

Natalie Scholz

The Harbinger
Shawnee Mission East High School
Prairie Village, Kansas

Complete entry


BROADCAST JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

Lanie Wolf

OneMa1ze Broadcasting
Maize Career Academy
Maize, Kansas

Complete entry


PHOTOJOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

Mitri Krishna

The Express
Blue Valley Northwest High School
Overland Park, Kansas

Complete entry

 

Sarah Golder

The Harbinger
Shawnee Mission East High School
Prairie Village, Kansas

Complete entry


WRITER OF THE YEAR

Rose Kanaley

The Harbinger
Shawnee Mission East High School
Prairie Village, Kansas

Complete entry


BEST USE OF SOCIAL MEDIA

SOCIAL MEDIA REPORTING

“Social Media Coverage Throughout the 2020-21 School Year”
Lola Shipman, Jonny Isaacson, Jack Nitz, Mitri Krishna, Rachel Sarff
BVNWnews
Blue Valley Northwest High School
Overland Park, Kansas


COVID-19 COVERAGE

ONLINE: NEWS OR FEATURES

“New Way of Nursing”
Campbell Wood
The Harbinger
Shawnee Mission East High School
Prairie Village, Kansas


PRINT: NEWS OR FEATURES

“The Mental Mixup”
Emily Moser, Erin Reece, Mitri Krishna
The Express
Blue Valley Northwest High School
Overland Park, Kansas


YEARBOOK: SPREAD

“Masked Up”
Hannah Ford, Mary Breau, Ella Hutnik
Horizon
Blue Valley Northwest High School
Overland Park, Kansas

 

“COVID-19”
Lauren Harrell
Indian
Shawnee Mission North High School
Overland Park, Kansas

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