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NSPA/JEA Convention Awards Round-up

Returning from the national semi-annual high school journalism convention this weekend was made more difficult by extra baggage for KSPA member schools: lots of awards!

From Nov. 6-9 in Washington DC, the NSPA and JEA hosted a convention at the Wardman Park Marriott. The National Scholastic Press Association handed out many of its top honors.

NSPA Pacemakers

Pacemakers were awarded for newspapers and news magazines for their work during the 2013-2014 academic year. The three winning Kansas schools?

  • Tabloid 16 or fewer pages:  Free Press, Free State HS, Lawrence, Kan. Hannah Moran, editor // Laurie L. Folsom, adviser
  • Tabloid 17 or more pages:  The Harbinger, Shawnee Mission East HS, Prairie Village, Kan.Andrew McKittrick, Katie Knight, editor // Dow Tate, adviser
  • Tabloid 17 or more pages:  The Northwest Passage, Shawnee Mission Northwest HS, Shawnee, Kan.Grace Amundson, editor // Susan Massy, adviser

NSPA Best of Show

Best of Show awards were earned by publications who sent at least one staff member to the convention and entered the contest. NSPA has posted a full list of winners. Check out these winners from Kansas:

  • Newspaper Special Edition:  3rd place:  The Northwest Passage, Shawnee Mission Northwest HS, Shawnee, Kan.
  • Yearbook 224 or Fewer Pages:  7th place. Echoes, Wichita East HS, Wichita, Kan.
  • Yearbook 224 or Fewer Pages:  8th place . Purple & White, Pittsburg HS, Pittsburg, Kan.
  • Yearbook 224 or Fewer Pages: 10th place. Cub, Humboldt HS, Humboldt, Kan.
  • Yearbook 225-274 Pages:  8th place. The JAG, Mill Valley HS, Shawnee, Kan.
  • Yearbook 225-274 Pages: 10th place. The Talon, Free State HS, Lawrence, Kan.
  • Yearbook 275-324 Pages: 7th place. Panther, Derby HS, Derby, Kan.
  • Yearbook 325 or More Pages:  2nd place. Indian, Shawnee Mission North HS, Overland Park, Kan.
  • Yearbook 325 or More Pages:  5th place. Lair, Shawnee Mission Northwest HS, Shawnee, Kan.
  • Yearbook 325 or More Pages: 10th place. Hauberk, Shawnee Mission East HS, Prairie Village, Kan.
  • Publication Website Small School:  9th place. Budget, Lawrence HS, Lawrence, Kan. http://lhsbudget.com
  • Publication Website Large School:  5th place. The Harbinger, Shawnee Mission East HS, Prairie Village, Kan. http://smeharbinger.net
  • Publication Website Large School:  7th place. Epic, Shawnee Mission West HS, Overland Park, Kan. http://smwest.com
  • Newspaper Broadsheet:  5th place. The Booster Redux, Pittsburg HS, Pittsburg, Kan.
  • Newspaper Tabloid 17 or More Pages:  1st place. The Harbinger, Shawnee Mission East HS, Prairie Village, Kan.

NSPA Individual Awards

The NSPA also showcased the best individual student work from high school journalists during the 2013-2014 academic year. From all around the country, journalists entered their best work. NSPA has posted all of the winners. Among thousands of entries, these Kansas high school students won big.

  • Newsmagazine Cover:  First Place: Sophie Tulp, Morgan Krakow: The Harbinger, Shawnee Mission East HS, Prairie Village, Kan.
  • Newspaper Page/Spread:  Fourth Place: Phoebe Aguiar, Caroline Kohring: The Harbinger, Shawnee Mission East HS, Prairie Village, Kan.
  • Newspaper Page/Spread:  Honorable Mention: Delaney La Fon The Express, Blue Valley Northwest HS, Overland Park, Kan.
  • Yearbook Page/Spread:  Honorable Mention: Madison VanBurkleo Panther, Derby HS, Derby, Kan.
  • Magazine Page/Spread:  First Place: Hannah Hills, Devan Horning Red Feather, Maize HS, Maize, Kan.
  • Infographic:  Honorable Mention Andrew McKittrick, Phoebe Aguiar: The Harbinger, Shawnee Mission East HS, Prairie Village, Kan.
  • Illustration:  Fourth Place Nate Compton: Lair, Shawnee Mission Northwest HS, Shawnee, Kan.
  • Feature Story:  Honorable Mention: Julia Poe The Harbinger, Shawnee Mission East HS, Prairie Village, Kan.
  • Sports Story:  Third Place: Julia Poe The Harbinger, Shawnee Mission East HS, Prairie Village, Kan.
  • Diversity:  Honorable Mention: Afton Apodaca Hauberk, Shawnee Mission East HS, Prairie Village, Kan.
  • News Picture:  Honorable Mention: Bridget Wray Indian, Shawnee Mission North HS, Overland Park, Kan.
  • Feature Picture:  Second Place: Maxx Lamb Hauberk, Shawnee Mission East HS, Prairie Village, Kan.
  • Sports Action:  Fifth Place: Carleigh Whitman Lair, Shawnee Mission Northwest HS, Shawnee, Kan.
  • Sports Action:  Honorable Mention: Alaina Gustafson Panther, Derby HS, Derby, Kan.

 JEA Certifications

The Journalism Education Association also certified and re-certified teachers in its Certified Journalism Educators program. Three Kansas Advisers earned the distinction:

  • Emily Smith of Pittsburgh High School was certified
  • Gail Carpenter of Olathe North High School was certified
  • Julie Calabro of Andover Central High School renewed her certification

JEA Write-Off Awards

JEA also hosted the Write-Off contests, a chance for students to showcase what they know during on-site contests. The categories range from headline writing to feature photography. Here are the 73 winners from Kansas including 7 Superiors.

Honorable Mention Graphic Design: Infographics Bethany Snow Andover Central High School KS
Honorable Mention Newsmagazine: Layout Quinn O’Connor Andover Central High School KS
Honorable Mention Editorial Writing Helen Soultanian Andover Central High School KS
Honorable Mention News Editing / Headline Writing Lauren Roman Andover Central High School KS
Honorable Mention Newswriting Sarah Kohman Andover Central High School KS
Excellent Sports Writing Kaylee Gunzelman Andover Central High School KS
Excellent Graphic Design: Advertising Brooke Dreiling Andover Central High School KS
Honorable Mention Graphic Design: Photo Illustration Sierra Swenson Andover Central High School KS
Superior YB Layout: Inside Pages Mackenzie Penny Andover Central High School KS
Honorable Mention News Editing / Headline Writing Megan Curry Andover High School KS
Honorable Mention Newsmagazine: Layout Addyson Maples Andover High School KS
Honorable Mention Commentary Writing Brittiany Clark Andover High School KS
Honorable Mention Graphic Design: Infographics Abby Wenninger Andover High School KS
Honorable Mention Feature Writing Monica Goldberg Andover High School KS
Excellent Photo Portrait Paige Schlitter Andover High School KS
Superior Newswriting Ashli Ellerman Andover High School KS
Honorable Mention Sports Writing Grant Cohen Andover High School KS
Honorable Mention Photography Portfolio Meg Plank Andover High School KS
Honorable Mention Newswriting Natasha Vyhovsky Blue Valley Northwest High School KS
Honorable Mention Review Writing Claudia Chen Blue Valley Northwest High School KS
Excellent Sports Writing Greyson Woerpel Blue Valley Northwest High School KS
Honorable Mention Feature Writing Laney Breidenthal Blue Valley Northwest High School KS
Honorable Mention Broadcast News Story Ryan Burger Blue Valley Northwest High School KS
Excellent Yearbook Sports Photography Mira Ahluwalia Blue Valley Northwest High School KS
Honorable Mention First-Year Photo Emily Staples Blue Valley Northwest High School KS
Honorable Mention Graphic Design: Logo Leah Joseph Blue Valley Southwest High School KS
Excellent Editorial Writing Madison Leighty Blue Valley Southwest High School KS
Honorable Mention Newswriting Lexi Tarter Blue Valley Southwest High School KS
Excellent Feature Writing Ananda Bhatia Blue Valley Southwest High School KS
Honorable Mention Sports Writing Margo Johnson Blue Valley Southwest High School KS
Excellent Photography Portfolio Alaina Gustafson Derby High School KS
Honorable Mention Photo Portrait Myah Coberly Derby High School KS
Honorable Mention Photo Story Claire Lathrop Derby High School KS
Honorable Mention YB Layout: Inside Pages Rheagen King Derby High School KS
Honorable Mention Literary Magazine: Photography Sarah Brown Eisenhower High School KS
Excellent Broadcast Commentary Jaden Brown Eisenhower High School KS
Honorable Mention Editorial Cartooning Madeline Deabler Eisenhower High School KS
Honorable Mention Newswriting Katherine White Mill Valley High School KS
Honorable Mention Newspaper Sports Photography Karissa Schmidt Mill Valley High School KS
Honorable Mention Feature Writing Justin Curto Mill Valley High School KS
Excellent Sports Writing Tori Aerni Mill Valley High School KS
Excellent Newspaper News/Feature Photography Kaitlyn Kidd Pittsburg High School KS
Honorable Mention Commentary Writing Josh Lee Pittsburg High School KS
Excellent Newspaper Sports Photography Macy Frasco Pittsburg High School KS
Superior Newsmagazine: Layout Reagan Rink Pittsburg High School KS
Excellent Photo Portrait Abby Harris Pittsburg High School KS
Honorable Mention Graphic Design: Advertising Kailey Curtis Pittsburg High School KS
Superior Editorial Writing Ethan Hawn Pittsburg High School KS
Honorable Mention Yearbook Sports Photography Aspin Durbin Pittsburg High School KS
Honorable Mention Literary Magazine: Layout Grace Palmer Pittsburg High School KS
Excellent Photo Story Miranda Moore Pittsburg High School KS
Honorable Mention YB Layout: Inside Pages Chase Curtis Pittsburg High School KS
Honorable Mention First-Year Photo Myla Turner Pittsburg High School KS
Honorable Mention Sports Writing Alli Baden Pittsburg High School KS
Honorable Mention YB Cover / Endsheets Sam Bollinger Pittsburg High School KS
Honorable Mention Graphic Design: Logo Jake Webb Pittsburg High School KS
Excellent First-Year Photo Katharine Chester Shawnee Mission East High School KS
Honorable Mention News Editing / Headline Writing Katharine Swindells Shawnee Mission East High School KS
Superior Yearbook Student Life Photography Olivia Seabaugh Shawnee Mission East High School KS
Honorable Mention Review Writing Aiden Epstein Shawnee Mission East High School KS
Superior Sports Writing Julia Poe Shawnee Mission East High School KS
Honorable Mention Yearbook Sports Photography Bryce Rex Shawnee Mission Northwest HS KS
Honorable Mention Yearbook Student Life Photography Savannah Kelly Shawnee Mission Northwest HS KS
Honorable Mention Editorial Writing Jack Lynch Shawnee Mission Northwest HS KS
Superior YB Copy/Caption: Clubs Jordan Arnold Shawnee Mission Northwest HS KS
Excellent YB Copy/Caption: Student Life Kaleigh Schreiber Shawnee Mission Northwest HS KS
Excellent Review Writing Josh Sherfy Shawnee Mission Northwest HS KS
Honorable Mention Feature Writing Sylvia Bryan Shawnee Mission West High School KS
Honorable Mention Sports Writing Drake Mattis Shawnee Mission West High School KS
Honorable Mention Newswriting Logan Peterson Shawnee Mission West High School KS
Honorable Mention Editorial Writing Austin Ellis Topeka High School KS
Excellent Sports Writing Brittan Brenner Wichita East High School KS
Honorable Mention YB Layout: Inside Pages Lyly Nguyen Wichita East High School KS

Congratulations!

What a great weekend of competition, learning and travel. Be sure to thanks your adviser for all of the hard work that he or she did for you. And be sure to start planning for the upcoming conventions in Denver (April 2015) and Orlando (November 2015).

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