Congratulations to the students who provided hundreds of entries for our very first digital KSPA State Contest and won the awards below. Despite school closures and being in the midst of crisis our state contest GREW this year! Kudos to all of the amazing journalism students who still participated in the contest, despite these unforeseen circumstances. You are rockstars!

Thank You!

Our staff thanks the board of directors for all of their help in reprogramming the contest in the midst of crisis. This year’s contest would not be possible without the help of . . .

  • Judges from all over the country
  • Volunteers and judges from the University of Kansas William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications
  • KSPA assistants Kerry Navinskey, Kailey Curtis and Nicole-Marie Konopelko
  • The KSPA board, who helped accommodate for the changes to the contest in the midst of crisis.
  • The advisers who helped to organize their students and all of the logistics for the contest.

Correction Request

If you believe that there has been a mistake in the reporting of results, please do not email our normal account or tweet at us. Please fill out this form. Thanks!

Official Results

Sweepstakes Results

1A Champion: St. Francis Community High School

Runner up: Burrton High School

Saint Francis Community High School 42
Burrton High School 25
Satanta Jr.-Sr. High School 18
Central Plains High School 16
Lincoln Junior Senior High School 14
Hope High School 8


2A Champion: Chase County Jr./Sr. High School

Runner up: Sterling High School

Chase County Jr.-Sr. High School 86
Sterling High School 40
Wabaunsee High School 32
Flint Hills Christian School 27
Hillsboro High School 25
Conway Springs High School 22
Kansas City Christian School 21
Ellis High School 20
Hill City High School 19
Ellsworth Jr./Sr. High School 17

3A Champion: Humboldt High School

Runner up: Phillipsburg High School

Humboldt High School 51
Phillipsburg High School 49
Burlington High School 15
Rock Creek High School 14
Silver Lake High School 12
Caney Valley High School 8
Jefferson West High School 6

4A Champion: Chanute High School

Runner up: Piper High School

Chanute High School 85
Piper High School 56
Holton High School 34
Bishop Miege High School 26
Baldwin High School 25
Girard High School 24
Augusta High School 17
Buhler High School 16
Paola High School 13

5A Champion: Salina Central High School

Runner up: Hays High School

Salina Central High School 29
Hays High School 18
Bonner Springs High School 17
Maize High School 14
Andover Central High School 12
Blue Valley Southwest High School 11
De Soto High School 10
Kapaun Mt. Carmel Catholic High School 9
Pittsburg High School 8
Eisenhower High School 5
Salina High School South 4
Newton High School 3

6A Champion: Mill Valley High School

Runner up: Shawnee Mission East High School

Mill Valley High School 48
Shawnee Mission East High School 38
Blue Valley Northwest High School 32
Olathe West High School 21
Lawrence High School 19
Blue Valley West High School 13
Olathe South High School 13
Shawnee Mission Northwest High School 13
Olathe Northwest High School 12
Blue Valley High School 9
Lawrence Free State High School 9
Shawnee Mission South High School 8
Olathe North High School 5
Blue Valley North High School 4
Manhattan High School 4
Shawnee Mission North High School 4
Topeka High School 4
Derby High School 1
Gardner Edgerton High School 1
Wichita North High School 1

Certificates, Entries and Rubrics

All materials from the State Contest (including certificates for winners, copies of the student entries in on-site contests and judging rubrics for digital and on-site contests) will be mailed after advisers and students have a chance to request corrections in KSPA results (see above). Any schools who have yet to pay membership or State Contest fees will have those materials withheld from mailing.

Information for a Press Release

If you are interested in showcasing the success of your students, consider using the document here to send to your principal, your school district or parents. Be sure to replace some of the bolded content as it is meant to be customized to your school.

2020 Simply Better Winners

Each year, KSPA publishes the winning entries from the State Contest to showcase the best journalism by member schools. The 2020 digital state contest at the University of Kansas was split into two parts: digital submission contests and “previously on-site” contests. Below is a gallery of the winning digital submission and Editorial Cartoon On-Site Contest entries. Click here for a full list of all 2020 State Contest Winners.

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  • Editorial Cartoon
  • Academics Photography
  • Advertising
  • Headline Writing & Design
  • Infographics
  • News Page Design
  • Photo Illustration
  • Sports Photography
  • 2020 State Contest Winners
  • Yearbook Layout
  • Yearbook Theme & Graphics
  • Multimedia Storytelling
  • Online Photo Gallery
  • Social Media