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HS Journalist of the Year competition deadline approaching

Kansas high school journalists have an opportunity to showcase their talents through the High School Journalist of the Year competition. Students who wish to enter the contest must submit an application form as well as a portfolio that will explain to the judges who he or she is as a student journalist.

The deadline is Feb. 15, 2012, and schools are limited to no more than two student applications.

To download the application form and view requirements for the portfolio, go to the KSPA website: https://www.kspaonline.org/awards/ or find the link “Journalist of the Year” on the right side of this page.

The competition begins at the state level, and the Kansas student chosen as a state winner will have his or her portfolio sent to the national committee for the chance to win one of seven scholarships. The national winners will be announced at the spring NSPA convention, April 15-18, in Portland. The first place winner will receive a $5,000 scholarship and the six runner-ups will each receive a $2,000 scholarship. The winner from Kansas will also receive a $1,000 scholarship.

To qualify for the scholarships, the student must be a high school senior, have at least a 3.0 GPA, have been involved in high school journalism for at least two years, been a state winner, submitted a portfolio and be a student of a JEA member adviser.

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