The Kansas Scholastic Press Association congratulates Andover Middle student Kate Burdette on winning the 2021 Mary Patrick Aspiring Young Journalist Award. This award encourages Kansas junior high/middle school students to continue with journalistic studies in high school and rewards their hard work.
The runner-up for the award is Avery Vogt, also a student at Andover Middle.
Burdette’s impressive work was chosen from a selection of outstanding entries. All three judges for this contest noted that this was the finest pool of applicants they’ve seen yet.
The Kansas Scholastic Press Association would also like to recognize Mari Griffin from Andover Middle as second runner up and Heather Mowdy from Pittsburg Middle as third runner-up. There were only three points separating the 1st and 5th place entries.
Burdette, Vogt and the other placers will be honored during KSPAs online ceremony on May 1.