Wrapping up yet another successful year at State, the journalism class returned from Lawrence last weekend where students competed in the Kansas Scholastic Press Association’s state competition.
“It is always fun to travel with the students to the state competition,” adviser Judy Hampel said. “I learn a lot about them outside of school when we go on trips together and I am always proud of how they represent Skyline to the rest of the world.”
Students competed in 20 categories, nine of which were on-site writing contests and 11 were carry-in contests. Sixty judges sorted through 1,400 entries and awarded points for first, second and third places, along with three honorable mentions in every class. Classes were separated into 1A/2A, 3A/4A, and 5A/6A to determine Sweepstakes winners in each class. If the Skyline journalists had been in the 1A category, they would have been overall winners with their 19 total points, but instead fell short in the 2A division.
“We fell short of our goal to bring home the Sweepstakes award, but we received a lot of individual awards,” Hampel said. “During the opening ceremony, two of my staff members were recognized up on the stage. The yearbook editor accepted an All-Kansas certificate for the 2013 yearbook and the newspaper editor received a framed certificate for being chosen as the 1A/2A High School Journalist of the Year.”
Even though they fell short as a group, six students still placed. Junior Austin Gilpin received third place in Editing, senior newspaper editor Ascha Lee placed second in News Writing, freshman Caden Patterson received third in Academic Photography, and together senior yearbook editor Kaitlyn Stark and junior Alyssa Swonger placed second in Yearbook Theme and Graphics. Several students were also recognized with honorable mentions. Sophomore Lexie Maloney received honorable mention in Student Life Photography, and separately Stark and Swonger both received honorable mentions in Cutline Writing and Yearbook Layout.
“I was content with getting second in News Writing,” Lee said. “It was the most important thing to me that I competed in.”
Besides competing, the students also enjoyed time in Lawrence shopping, watching a movie and eating out.