Sarah Nichols, MJE, of Whitney High School, Rocklin, California, has been elected as the 35th president of the national Journalism Education Association and will lead the JEA board for three years starting May 1.
Nichols received 99.17 percent of the 848 votes cast for a near unanimous endorsement of the voting members of the organization. Of the 2,433 total ballots successfully emailed, 848 were returned for a percentage of 34.8 percent of the voting members deciding the election.
Nichols teaches journalism and advises Whitney High Student Media, a comprehensive media program. She has been JEA’s vice president since 2011 and is a member of its Scholastic Press Rights and Digital Media committees. In addition, Nichols coordinates the JEA Curriculum Initiative and the organization’s social media. She developed the JEA/NSPA Adviser Outreach Program (2015) and served on a team of teacher-trainers for the program’s pilot in 2016. Previously she served on the Certification Committee (2008-2011) and as California’s state director (2009-2011).
Other positions elected include the following:
Val Kibler, CJE, Harrisonburg (Virginia) High School — 838 out of 845 for 99.17 percent.
Scholastic Press Rights Committee
Directors at Large (East)
Directors at Large (Central)
Directors at Large (West)
There will be a runoff between the top two vote getters, Julia Satterthwaite, CJE, Monta Vista High School, Cupertino, California, and Tom Kaup, MJE, Auburn (Washington) High School, as neither received 50 percent or more of the votes. Voting members will be emailed a ballot March 2, and they are due back March 6.
Complete Voting Results
|Sarah Nichols, MJE||841||848||99.17%|
|Val Kibler, CJE||838||845||99.17%|
|Scholastic Press Rights Committee|
|Lori Keekley, MJE||837||840||99.64%|
|Erin Coggins, MJE||184||762||24.15%|
|Kate Klonowski, MJE||147||762||19.29%|
|Megan Fromm, CJE||410||762||53.81%|
|Directors at Large (East)|
|Karen Collier, CJE||277||775||35.74%|
|Joe Humphrey, MJE||497||775||64.13%|
|Directors at Large (Central)|
|Patrick Johnson, MJE||207||772||26.81%|
|Tim Morley, CJE||150||772||19.43%|
|Tom Gayda, MJE||413||772||53.50%|
|Directors at Large (West)|
|Julia Satterthwaite, CJE||291||757||38.44%|
|Karen Slusher, CJE||114||757||15.06%|
|Tom Kaup, MJE||223||757||29.46%|