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2019 Kansas Student Journalist of the Year  

On Feb. 15, 2019, the Kansas Scholastic Press Association (KSPA) named me the Kansas Student Journalist of the Year. I was selected among the winners of two different enrollment classifications. A panel of judges — composed of high school publications advisers, university instructors and professional journalists — chose my work from a collection of nine portfolios submitted from KSPA member schools. Click here to view KSPA's press release on this honor, and why I was selected from a pool of so many qualified candidates. 

 

Click below to view photos of our class ceremony on Feb. 20, 2019, in which my fellow staffers and I celebrated my accomplishment — a first for our program. All of the photos were taken by staff photographer Aubrey Bolinger. 

Accepting my scholarship check and plaque from Eric Thomas, executive director of the Kansas Scholastic Press Association, at the University of Kansas, where I will be attending in the fall as a journalism major, on a full-ride scholarship: 

Photo by | Tatiana Konopelko

Below were some of the reactions from fellow journalism advisers, reporters and workshops. Click the photos to enlarge.