Today, the MIPA Board of Directors chose the 2017 recipients of its three service awards, Contributing Medium, Taft and Knight awards. Oak Park High School's Christina Geabhart is the recipient of this year's Knight Award!
With the Knight, MIPA wishes to honor a person, or people, who have provided outstanding service to scholastic or minority journalism and/or who have furthered student freedom of expression in Missouri. Board members selected journalism teacher Christina Geabhart of Oak Park High School as the 2017 Knight Award winner for her work supporting scholastic journalism in our state over the years and in supporting the national website, SchoolJournalism.org this past year.
The nominator wrote, “Christina has worked her rear off for MIPA. I've watched her give up many precious hours so that the students our organization serves get the best possible experience she can give them. She's organized, intelligent, and driven. She often keeps us (board members) on task and reminds us what all we are supposed to be doing. I appreciate that SO MUCH about her. Besides all that she does for MIPA, she also has taken any crazy idea I have about SchoolJournalism.org and made it happen...a new look/design? Sure, she can do that! She gives so much of herself to MIPA, SchoolJournalism.org, etc. that I cannot imagine where either would be without her.”
These service award recipients will be recognized at the annual Journalism Day on Wednesday, March 29, at the University of Missouri-Columbia.
For more information on these awards, please read: