JHS Journalism Students Rack Up Nominations

(Submitted by Leslie Shipp)

Students in the journalism lab have experienced quite the year.

Over spring break, the Black and White student newspaper print and online editions earned the Hybrid Silver Crown at the CSPA National Convention in NYC, becoming one of 43 high school publications in the nation to earn either a Gold or Silver Crown. Students like Anne Rogers and her mentor, Laura Scieszinski, were the heart and soul of the print edition the past several years.

Before students left for break, the online version was named a Pacemaker Finalist, the first ever in school history. The online site was the brainchild of Tyler Buller and Sam Schroeder, but finally found life with Hannah Soyer and Laura Scieszinski. After its origins, the staff built it into one of 50 finalists in the nation in just three years. Carly Kinning and Kate Lichter had much to do with continuing the vision of their predecessors.

The yearbook was named one of 71 Pacemaker Finalists in the nation in February. Gabby Ledesma created excellent infographics, Megan Buckallew made almost every layout in the book, Elizabeth Reiher took dozens of photos, and Alex Reiher made the final submisssion of every page. Pacemaker winners will be announced at the NSPA/JEA National convention in LA in April. Last fall, the print edition of the Black and White earned Pacemaker Finalist status.

Johnston High School joins Kirkwood High School in Missouri and Shawnee Mission East High School in Kansas as the only schools in the nation to earn all three Pacemaker nominations (print newspaper, online newspaper, and yearbook).

Congratulations on the hard work of students past and present.

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