Three students claimed championships in the Kansas Scholastic Press Association regional competition last month.
Senior AJ Grutsch placed first in cutline writing, senior Jacob Meseke placed first in yearbook sports writing and junior Sophia Castillo placed first in feature writing.
The contests, which were conducted online, required students to use information and interviews to write stories on a short deadline.
The Charger staff placed eight other entries as well. Entries that placed in the top six qualified for the state competition in May.
Five Chargers placed at state last year, including two champions. Grutsch will get a chance to defend last year’s win in review writing.
Adviser Brendan Praeger said the Charger staff usually has success in the KSPA competitions. “I think our weekly publication schedule prepares them to write on a short deadline, and it also means that each student has published more stories than a lot of their competitors at this point of the year. Eight of our 11 placers are first-year journalism students, so I think they will continue to improve as well.”
2023 KSPA Regional Journalism Results
- Jacob Meseke: 1st — Yearbook Sports
- Sophia Castillo: 1st — Feature Writing
- AJ Grutsch: 1st — Cutline Writing
- Ava Meinhardt: 2nd — Feature Writing
- Heather Baker: 2nd — News Writing
- AJ Grutsch: 2nd — Review Writing
- Sophia Castillo: 3rd — Copy Editing
- Payton Wurtz: 3rd — Cutline Writing
- Payton Wurtz: 3rd — Editorial Writing
- Heather Baker: 5th — Copy Editing
- Ava Meinhardt: 5th — News Writing
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