Journalists from BLHS state-bound
Ten Basehor-Linwood High School students will compete in eight different competitions in the Kansas Scholastic Press Association's state journalism competition May 1 at the University of Kansas.
These talented 10 qualified for their state slots by placing in the regional journalism contest on Feb. 20, also at KU. More than 650 students from 32 high schools competed in the regional at Lawrence.
The total number of BLHS State qualifiers doubles that of one year ago.
Those qualifying for state include seniors Katie Burchfield, Melody Brown, Nicole Kirk, Shelby Kooser and Sarah Wickland; juniors James Nelson, Alex McCollum, Jessica Crosby and Nick Knapp; and freshman Megan Tush.
"We're very proud of each of these outstanding young people," said David Svoboda, BLHS journalism adviser. "Their work speaks highly of the quality of education they have received in USD 458, and the love each has for journalism."
Two of the 10 students qualified for state in multiple categories, and the school had two regional champions, matching the number of regional titlists from a year ago.
Burchfield was the regional champion in editorial writing and Nelson took home the crown in the feature writing competition.
The multiple winners were Kirk, who finished third in newspaper photography and honorable mention in advertising; and McCollum, who was third in yearbook copy writing, and also honorable mention in advertising.
Another top three finisher for BLHS was Brown, who was second in the Editing contest.
The other five qualifiers and their places at regionals were: Kooser, honorable mention, newspaper design; Wickland and Crosby (as a team), honorable mention in yearbook theme development; Knapp, honorable mention in newspaper photography; and Tush, honorable mention in feature writing.