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High School Journalists Earn National Awards
Posted 12/06/2017 02:27PM
Journalism students from North Kansas City, Oak Park, Staley and Winnetonka high schools attended the JEA/NSPA Fall National High School Journalism Convention last week in Dallas, Texas. They competed on the national stage in contests held by the Journalism Education Association, and awards ran from Superior to Excellent to Honorable Mention.
Individual students earned: 

North Kansas City High School
  • Junior Corrine Bucksner-Hall, Honorable Mention in Commentary Writing
  • Junior Bryce Johnsen, Honorable Mention in Broadcast Package
  • Junior Emanuel Rodriguez, Honorable Mention in Broadcast Package

Oak Park High School

  • Junior Ashton Berry, Excellent in Portrait Photo
  • Sophomore Angelina Garcia, Honorable Mention in Themed Photo
  • Freshman Bridget Johnsen, Honorable Mention in Broadcast Newswriting
  • Sophomore Cheyenne McGowan, Honorable Mention in Literary Magazine: Photography
Staley High School
  • Senior Caroline Bonacorso, Excellent in Yearbook Copy/Caption: Academics
  • Junior Grace Duddy, Honorable Mention in Themed Photo
  • Senior Emilie Kerr, Honorable Mention in Photography Portfolio
  • Junior Haley Anne Mahusay, Honorable Mention in Graphic Design: Infographics
  • Senior Leidy Venegas, Honorable Mention in Newsmagazine Layout

Winnetonka High School
Winnetonka junior Katie Bullock was recognized for her feature story selected as Honorable Mention for NSPA’s Story of the Year from the national nominations received during the summer. The story was “Saving Superman” and featured on Tonka News Online. The award was announced in September but the recognition and award was given at the national convention.

During the national convention, Best of Show awards were ranked by the National Scholastic Press Association to the top 10 publications in newsmagazine, yearbook, online and broadcast.

Overall publications earned:

Winnetonka High School

  •, Eighth Place Best of Show for Publication Website Small School
In addition to the competitions, students had their choice of more than 300 class sessions taught by award-winning journalists, advisers and others. A trade show included college representatives and other vendors. Students also heard about the career of photographer Erin Grace Trieb who began her career photographing in Israel and the Palestinian territories and freelancing for newspapers in Texas.
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