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Humboldt, Mill Valley and Blue Valley students lead the way at Statehouse Day

Students from Humboldt, Mill Valley and Blue Valley earned top honors in the writing and video news contests sponsored by KSPA after the first Statehouse Reporter for a Day, Jan. 28 in Topeka.

More than 40 students from 15 schools converged on Topeka on a cold Kansas morning, and they spent the day in pursuit of a story about an issue facing the state legislature in its 2010 session, an issue specifically dealing with K-12 education. In the midst of the ongoing recession, all schools focused on K-12 funding.

Fourteen of the 15 schools submitted written stories, and four other schools turned in video news stories after the event. Judges from the University of Kansas School of Journalism honored the following schools:

Class 1A to 4A: Humboldt High School; story written by Alexis Hosack and Valerie Weilert.
Class 5A and 6A: Mill Valley High School; story written by Sarah Darby and Sarah Fulton.
Video Story (above): Blue Valley High School; story produced by Matt Hamblin and Josh Montague.

Each of the winning entries will split a $50 prize offered by the Kansas Families for Education Foundation, which also provided six KSPA member schools with travel stipends.

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