Journalism competes well at regionals

The Sterling High School journalism program saw success in the Kansas Scholastic Press Association 3A journalism regional contest. The team competed 19 events including on-site and digital submission. This included nine onsite events and 10 digital submission categories. The onsite categories involved more writing and editing events, and the digital submission categories consisted of photography and design done ahead of time. The journalism students were supposed travel to the 3A/4A regionals, Thursday Feb. 22 at Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas but do to inclimate weather has to be done another time. Prompts for each event were sent online and were set up to be proctored.

In the on-site category, placing first in Sports Writing and Yearbook Sports Writing was senior Taya Wilson, sophomore Shelby Drier in Yearbook Copy Writing, also winning her category junior Kaylie Zimmerman in Cultine Writing. Taking home second place was Andy Norez in Feature Writing and in Editorial Writing. Bringing home third place for the team included Zimmerman in Copyediting, senior Raegan Mantz in Yearbook Copy Writing, and junior McKiah San Miguel in Editorial Writing.

The student journalists also brought home awards in the Honorable Mention category. In Sports Writing, freshman Courtney Ball; in Editorial Cartoon, freshman Shawna Britton and San Miguel, in Copyediting junior Natalie Nichols, in Feature Writing junior Grace Rowland, and Drier in Cutline Writing.

Judging from the results of on-site competition the program has been successful this year with so many new members. The staff added seven new members between the two classes, yearbook and magazine. New member Drier, who is part of the yearbook staff, competed well in regionals winning the first competition she has ever competed in.

“I think just being in yearbook for a year it has really helped my writing skills,” Drier said. It has showed through the competition that I entered in, that I got first in and that really shows in the work that we have done in journalism class.”

The journalism students were supposed travel to the 3A/4A regionals, Thursday Feb. 22 at Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas but do to inclimate weather has to be done another time. Prompts for each event were sent online and were set up to be proctored.

In digital submission categories junior Morgan Anderson took home first place in Sports Photography, Wilson in Photo Illustration, and in the one team event offered, Yearbook Theme and Graphics, freshman Lucas Gilmore and Britton. Taking home second place was Rowland in Student Life Photography and Ball in Yearbook Layout. In third place was Gilmore in Advertising and Headline Writing and Design, and Rowland in Photo Illustration. For Honorable Mentions, Anderson placed in Academic Photography and Infographics, Nichols in Newspaper Page Design, Drier in Advertising, sophomore Abby Riffel in Newspaper Page Design, Wilson in Sports Photography, the team of Zimmerman and Riffel in Yearbook Theme and Graphics, and Ball in Student Life Photography.

Journalism adviser Todd Vogts was excited with the outcome of the results.

“I was really pleased with the outcome of the results,” Vogts said. “There are only a handful of entries that didn’t qualify, and everyone that entered qualified in at least one thing. That doesn’t happen every year. I am very proud and happy for the students, and I am looking forward to state and how we perform there.”

The journalism students will soon receive prompts for the state digital submission contest and will travel to state held May 5 on the campus of the University of Kansas.