Congratulations to the students who provided hundreds of entries for our second digital (and socially distant!) KSPA State Contest. Despite remote school, masks galore and so many other challenges, you did it! Kudos to all of the amazing journalism students who still participated in the contest, despite these unforeseen circumstances. Your Epic Wins are . . . well . . . Epic!

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 and Katie Gross
  • 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: Saint Francis Community High School

Runner up: Burrton High School

Saint Francis Community High School 60
Burrton High School 20
Lincoln Junior Senior High School 9
Satanta Jr.-Sr. High School 6
Central Plains High School 4
Wheatland High School 1

2A Champion: Humboldt High School

Runner up: Chase County Jr./Sr. High School

Humboldt High School 134
Chase County Jr.-Sr. High School 96
Hillsboro High School 55
Ellis High School 41
Wabaunsee High School 28
Hill City High School 14
Flint Hills Christian School 6
Conway Springs High School 5

3A Champion: Phillipsburg High School

Runner up: Burlington High School

Phillipsburg High School 62
Burlington High School 44
Rock Creek High School 33
Silver Lake High School 23
Jefferson West High School 16
Colby High School 7
Ellsworth Jr./Sr. High School 5
Girard High School 3

4A Champion: Chanute High School

Runner up: Bishop Miege High School

Chanute High School 102
Bishop Miege High School 101
Paola High School 43
Augusta High School 21
Baldwin High School 19
Eudora High School 11
Louisburg High School 6
Buhler High School 4
McPherson High School 2


5A Champion: Mill Valley High School

Runner up: Salina Central High School

Mill Valley High School 63
Salina Central High School 50
Hays High School 44
Maize High School 31
Maize South High School 23
Kapaun Mt. Carmel Catholic High School 16
Spring Hill High School 9
De Soto High School 9
Blue Valley Southwest High School 8
Salina High School South 7
Andover High School 5
Pittsburg High School 4
Andover Central High School 3
Piper High School 1

6A Champion: Blue Valley Northwest High School

Runner up: Shawnee Mission East High School

Blue Valley Northwest High School 57
Shawnee Mission East High School 55
Lawrence High School 27
Blue Valley North High School 23
Olathe West High School 15
Blue Valley High School 15
Shawnee Mission North High School 14
Shawnee Mission Northwest High School 12
Lawrence Free State High School 11
Olathe North High School 9
Derby High School 6
Manhattan High School 4
Blue Valley West High School 3
Olathe Northwest 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.

Coming soon: Simply Better showcase

The KSPA staff will be working during the coming weeks to create our annual “Simply Better” showcase of student work in the KSPA contest. Please check back or keep your eye on our Twitter account for the finished gallery of winning entries.