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Coed Middle School Yearbook, Coed Middle School Yearbook 6th/7th/8th Grade · Pittsburg High School Journalists Win Big at Regional Contests

LAWRENCE, March 8, 2017 — In the Regional Contest, students from 86 different schools competed in 19 different categories in 12 different classifications organized by geography and school size. KSPA will award more than 1,400 awards for entries into the contest.

From Pittsburg High School, the following students won awards:

Advertising 1st Place Grace Palmer
News Page Design 1st Place Grace Palmer
Sports Photography 1st Place Aspin Durbin
Student Life 1st Place Maddy Emerson
Editorial Writing 2nd Place Trina Paul
News Page Design 2nd Place Trina Paul
Advertising 3rd Place Jordan Hawkins
Academics 3rd Place Aspin Durbin
Yearbook Theme and Graphics 3rd Place Brooklyn Rhue
Academics Honorable Mention Maddy Emerson
Yearbook Layout Honorable Mention Jordan Hawkins
Yearbook Layout Honorable Mention Grace Palmer


Six university campuses throughout Kansas hosted the contests Feb. 24 and 25. This year Pittsburg High School competed at the University of Kansas location.

“We consider the Regional Contests to be one of our most important annual events both for students to receive feedback on their work and also for students to compete with one another,” said Eric Thomas, KSPA executive director. “Teachers who organize and enter their students into the contest give their students a great opportunity to see how their work compares to the work of others.”


KSPA enlists the help of journalism teachers, professional journalists, university faculty members and other journalism experts to judge the entries.


Any student who earns an award in the Regional Contest advances to the KSPA State Contest on May 7 at the University of Kansas. Based on results from the State Contest, KSPA will determine the top school in 1A, 2A, 3A, 4A, 5A and 6A.