Staff Members attend the annual Journalism Educators Association (JEA) convention on November 23, 2019 in Washington D.C. (Photo Courtesy Jeanne Acton)

Staff Members Compete in Annual JEA and NSPA Competitions

November 25, 2019

Last weekend, our school sent six high school students to Washington D.C to compete in the annual Journalism Educators Association (JEA) contest. In addition to this national competition, students also received awards from the National Student Press Association (NSPA) contest they submitted entries for over the summer. This year’s convention included a record number 2,126 competitors in both contests with 864 students receiving awards for their work. In total, our staff brought home nine nationally recognized awards! 

For the NSPA contest, our staff was awarded with the following five awards for last year’s work:  

Staff- Fifth Place for Social Media Reporting 

Ashlynn Roberts- Fourth Place Writer of the Year 

Trinity Flaten and Sarah Crowder- Fifth Place for Interactive Graphic 

Jordyn Tarrant- Fourth Place for Sports Action Photo 

Isaiah Sheets- Second Place for Literary/Specialty Magazine Cover

Staff members Josh Fritz, Sloan Dial, Campbell Wilmot, Jaclyn Harris, Ashlynn Roberts and Andrew Fritz pose for a picture with their National Student Press Association Awards (NSPA) on November 23, 2019 in Washington D.C. (Photo Courtesy Stacy Short)

The JEA on-site competition took place during the second night of the convention with students either receiving feedback for their photography and broadcast packages, or competing in a two hour write-off contest. Out of the 448 participants in this contest, 148 received awards. Awards are given in three categories: honorable mention, excellent, and superior, with superior being the highest award one can achieve. Four students were commended for their on-site work:

Jaclyn Harris- Superior for News Writing 

Andrew Fritz- Excellent for Photo Story 

Ashlynn Roberts- Honorable Mention for Feature Story

Josh Fritz- Honorable Mention for First-Year Photo

Staff members Sloan Dial, Campbell Wilmot, Ashlynn Roberts, Jaclyn Harris, Andrew Fritz and Josh Fritz pose with Journalism Educators Association (JEA) Awards on November 24, 2019 in Washington D.C. (Photo Courtesy Stacy Short)

If you would like to go to see the complete list of the winners, here is the link to access photos, and here is the link to access all contest winners.


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