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Six schools win sweepstakes titles at KSPA state contest

Shawnee Mission East, Andover, Piper, Caney Valley, Humboldt and Western Plains high schools won sweepstakes titles at Saturday’s KSPA state contest at the Kansas Union at the University of Kansas in Lawrence.

More than 1,000 students from 95 schools competed in carry-in and on-site contests. More than 50 judges pored over the 1,277 entries. First-place entries earned 5 points, second-place entries earned 4, third-place 3 and all honorable mentions earned 1 point each.

Individual winners have been posted all day on the KSPA Twitter account. Here are the spreadsheets of the winners:

Here are links to watch the three winning video news package entries:

Here are the school totals:

Class 6A

Shawnee Mission East 42, SM North 18, Wichita East 18, Olathe South 12, Lawrence 9, SM West 7, Goddard 6, Blue Valley West 5, Maize 5, SM Northwest 4, Manhattan 3, Wichita NW 1, SM South 1, Lawrence Free State 1, Olathe NW 1, Blue Valley NW 1.

Class 5A

Andover HS 40, Mill Valley 28, Blue Valley HS 22, Salina Central 17, Hays 15, Andover Central 10, Kapaun Mt. Carmel 8, Bishop Carroll 7, McPherson 6, Blue Valley SW 6, Newton 2, Topeka West 2, Salina South 1, Pittsburg 1.

Class 4A

Piper 37, Chanute 33, Bonner Springs 30, Girard 25, Louisburg 13, Holton 8, Ottawa 6, DeSoto 6, Nickerson 5, Russell 5, Baldwin 5, Chapman 5, Rose Hill 4, Paola 4, Smoky Valley 2, Pratt 1, Buhler 1.

Class 3A

Caney Valley 19, The Independent School 15, Phillipsburg 13, Ellsworth 13, Silver Lake 11, Rock Creek 8, Norton 6, Burlington 4, Sterling 4, Osage City 3, SE of Saline 3, Beloit 2, Frontenac 1, Neodesha 1.

Class 2A

Humboldt 50, Canton-Galva 47, Chase County 38, Troy 25, Kiowa County 24, St. Francis 18, Onaga 14, Nemaha Valley 12, Skyline 12, Hill City 10, Cimarron 5, Republic County 5, Lincoln 4, Doniphan West 3, Burlingame 2, Ellis 1.

Class 1A

Western Plains 10, Claflin 7, Burrton 7, Yates Center 5, Satanta 3.

Saturday’s other highlights included the presentation of a variety of awards already announced by KSPA:

  • High School Journalist of the Year, Tanner Maxwell from Goddard HS;
  • 3A/4A High School Journalist of the Year, Riley Mortensen from Bonner Springs HS;
  • All-Kansas yearbooks, news publications, video news programs and news websites;
  • Jackie Engel Award (adviser of the year), Amy Morgan from Shawnee Mission West HS;
  • Ad Astra Award, Jane Wagner, Russell HS;
  • Sunflower Award, Michelle Wilmes, Ottawa HS;
  • KSPA Hall of Fame, Derius Mammen, Jostens;
  • KSPA Hall of Fame, Michael Dunlap, Blue Valley West HS.

Here is the video of the speech by Jackie Engel Award winner Amy Morgan or you can watch on YouTube:

Here is the video of the KSPA Hall of Fame inductions of Michael Dunlap and Derius Mammen or watch on YouTube:

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