Senior wins at state journalism contest
Lansing Lansing High School senior Kathleen Garner is going to college to study music and youth ministry. But if she changes her mind, she might want to think about switching to journalism.
Garner, a staff member on The Maneline, the LHS student newspaper, earned a first-place award in feature writing at the Kansas Scholastic Press Association's state contest Saturday at the University of Kansas.
Announcement of her finish caught Garner by surprise.
"I came out of the room and told Miss Scott that I didn't think I did very well," Garner said. "Miss Scott just told me that I was a good writer and I probably did better than I thought."
Ginny Scott, LHS newspaper and yearbook adviser, said Garner had been a welcome addition to The Maneline staff this year.
"She is wonderful," Scott said.
The competition's judge agreed.
"You've captured the essence of your topic quite effectively," the judge's comments on Garner's entry said. "Entry shows a strong sense of quality writing style."
Garner competed against students from other Kansas Class 5A and 6A high schools who had placed in regional competitions.
The regionals were held in March at six competitions across the state
For Saturday's feature writing competition, 21 high school journalists were placed in a news conference-style setting with Ryan Scarrow, the editor-in-chief of the "Jayhawker," the KU yearbook. With students posing the questions, Scarrow talked for 20 minutes about his job and changes he'd instituted for this year's publication. The students then were asked to write a feature story from the information they gleaned from the discussion.
Garner said her story focused on the changes in this year's "Jayhawker."
Garner was the only LHS student to place at the competition, LHS's first against the state's largest high schools.
Despite recognition of her journalistic talents, Garner said she wouldn't change her mind just yet about her college plans. She's going to attend Concordia University in Seward, Neb.
"I knew I wanted to do youth ministry, and it has a really good youth ministry program there," Garner said.