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