21 students place in KSPA regional journalism competitions

Wabaunsee journalism earned seven regional journalism championships last month, and qualified 21 entries to the state competition later this semester.

The Kansas Scholastic Press Association regional competition, which usually features both online and in-person competitions, was completed completely online in late February. Contests include writing, editing, photography, design and cartooning competitions.

For writing competitions, students receive information and quotes and must complete a story on a short deadline. Photography and design students also receive prompts, for instance in the student life category, the assignment was to create a “pandemic portrait,” to create a photographic portrait of a fellow student or students who have been affected by the pandemic in a newsworthy way. 

The 21 placing entries put Wabaunse 2nd in its regional, behind Humboldt High School with 39. Team points are not calculated at regional competition, but will matter at the state competition in May.

Seniors Emma Frey and Karlee Feyh both look to defend state championships from last year, in Editorial writing and Advertising. 

KSPA Regional Champions

Emma Frey — 1st — Sports Writing

Melissa Campbell — 1st — Feature Writing

Emma Alderman — 1st — Newswriting

Emma Frey — 1st — Editorial Writing

Jacob Meseke — 1st — Yearbook Sports

Karlee Feyh — 1st — Advertising Design

Ryan Grutsch — 1st — Editorial Cartoon

Other State Qualifiers

Emma Alderman — 3rd — Copy Editing

Robert Potter — 4th — Copy Editing

Jacob Meseke — 2nd — Copy Editing

Justice Houston — 2nd — Yearbook Copywriting

Isabella Wade — 3rd — Feature Writing

Kendyl Bolinder — 2nd — Newswriting

Justice Houston — 3rd — Cutline Writing

Karlee Feyh — 4th — Cutline Writing

Kendyl Bolinder — 5th — Editorial Writing

Sarah Vanstory — 4th — Winter in the Heartland

Sarah Vanstory — 5th — Sports Photography

Paxton Meyer — 6th — Sports Photography

Danielle Murphy — 3rd — Student Life Photography

Allyson Garst — 4th — Student Life Photography

Senior Ryan Grutsch placed first for her editorial cartoon. The prompt dealt with “Cancel Culture.”

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