38 entries receive Superior rating in spring National Student Media Contests

38 entries receive Superior rating in spring National Student Media Contests

By Nancy Smith, MJE, NSMC chair

The National Student Media Contests were all completed virtually for the Spring JEA/NSPA National High School Journalism Convention.

In all, 438 students competed in photo, broadcast, graphic design, literary magazine, design and writing contests.

There were 218 winning students comprising 38 superior, 80 excellent and 100 honorable mention awards.

All the competitors had their submissions assessed by teams of judges, and those critiques are available at the NSMC website. Contestants can log in with their username and password to view their critiques.

Certificates and medals for the winners were mailed to schools.

In place of the traditional on-site critique session, each contest’s lead judge has created a video critique. Critique videos provide information about the contest and what the judges were looking for in the winning entries.

Judges also share some of their thoughts about what some of the strengths were in the category and what are some general areas to look to improve in the future. The contest prompts and the critiques are great resources for classroom lessons and preparation for future contests.

In addition, through SmugMug students and advisers can view thousands of photos from JEA photo contests in each of the nine categories. The site houses all of the photos that have been recognized in past conventions so users can learn from those student photographers.

SmugMug has an interface that discourages copying of images and allows full display of metadata including camera data and captions. So photojournalists really can break down the photo to discuss technique, composition and the meaning of the images. 

“What a show of resilience by these students. Despite the unbelievable challenges of this school year, I’m so pleased that our organization was still ale to offer these contests and recognize so many talented journalists,” JEA contest chair Nancy Smith said. “I am also so grateful for the hours spent by our nearly 200 judges who shared their expertise with our participants and completed critiques.”

Spring 2021 National Student Media Contests results

RatingContest NameFull NameSchool NameSchool State
SuperiorNewswritingHudson FoxCarlmont High SchoolCA
ExcellentNewswritingAleena GulMcLean High SchoolVA
Honorable MentionNewswritingMichelle ChenMonta Vista High SchoolCA
Honorable MentionNewswritingEthan PrestonMercer Island High SchoolWA
SuperiorEditorial WritingDevon RockeConestoga High SchoolPA
SuperiorEditorial WritingKate GroveMercer Island High SchoolWA
ExcellentEditorial WritingDelilah BrumerDaniel Pearl Magnet High SchoolCA
ExcellentEditorial WritingAhmed AhmedSouthwest Career and Technical AcademyNV
ExcellentEditorial WritingMaya LyouDa Vinci SchoolsCA
Honorable MentionEditorial WritingJason WuWalnut High SchoolCA
Honorable MentionEditorial WritingElizabeth KeaneProspect High SchoolIL
Honorable MentionEditorial WritingIsabella RinneSedro Woolley High SchoolWA
Honorable MentionEditorial WritingRyan ServaitesM Stoneman Douglas High SchoolFL
Honorable MentionEditorial WritingIsabelle NunesCarlmont High SchoolCA
ExcellentFeature WritingAlison HoWalnut High SchoolCA
ExcellentFeature WritingAshlynn PerezFrancis Howell North High SchoolMO
ExcellentFeature WritingAtarah IsraelMunster High SchoolIN
Honorable MentionFeature WritingChrissa OlsonRedondo Union High SchoolCA
Honorable MentionFeature WritingAnushka DeMonta Vista High SchoolCA
Honorable MentionFeature WritingMehuli Basu RoyWestlake High SchoolTX
Honorable MentionFeature WritingOlivia KimProspect High SchoolIL
Honorable MentionFeature WritingKatherine LeeConestoga High SchoolPA
Honorable MentionFeature WritingAnnika BhanankerMercer Island High SchoolWA
Honorable MentionFeature WritingWoojoo KimWayland High SchoolMA
Honorable MentionFeature WritingAmelie De LeonWoodside High SchoolCA
Honorable MentionFeature WritingGrace WuCarlmont High SchoolCA
Honorable MentionFeature WritingJulia JaureguiSouthwest Career and Technical AcademyNV
Honorable MentionFeature WritingLeila TouatiAmador Valley High SchoolCA
Honorable MentionFeature WritingAnita GaenkoHuron High SchoolMI
SuperiorSports WritingAlex LevinMercer Island High SchoolWA
ExcellentSports WritingHanah KitamotoIowa City West High SchoolIA
ExcellentSports WritingCorinne PiorkowskiJames Bowie High SchoolTX
ExcellentSports WritingMaya BussingerBear River High SchoolCA
Honorable MentionSports WritingOlivia OlsonShawnee Mission East High SchoolKS
Honorable MentionSports WritingTanner PiercePuyallup High SchoolWA
Honorable MentionSports WritingJayanti JhaMonta Vista High SchoolCA
Honorable MentionSports WritingMorgan VehigeLafayette High SchoolMO
Honorable MentionSports WritingGraciela FischerConifer High SchoolCO
Honorable MentionSports WritingReese WangConestoga High SchoolPA
Honorable MentionSports WritingHannah HernandezSouthwest Career and Technical AcademyNV
Honorable MentionSports WritingMatt CarterAmador Valley High SchoolCA
Honorable MentionSports WritingQuinn NewhouseHuron High SchoolMI
SuperiorReview WritingNadia BidarianRedondo Union High SchoolCA
ExcellentReview WritingEliza TurcoOmaha Marian High SchoolNE
ExcellentReview WritingJack DawsLafayette High SchoolMO
ExcellentReview WritingHugh ChanLadue Horton Watkins High SchoolMO
ExcellentReview WritingMorgan DawsonMercer Island High SchoolWA
ExcellentReview WritingRebecca Von TerschCarlmont High SchoolCA
ExcellentReview WritingJasmine AndreaAmador Valley High SchoolCA
Honorable MentionReview WritingAndrew KimWalnut High SchoolCA
Honorable MentionReview WritingMichaela ElyPuyallup High SchoolWA
Honorable MentionReview WritingMinita LayalInglemoor High SchoolWA
Honorable MentionReview WritingEvan LuConestoga High SchoolPA
Honorable MentionReview WritingAllison WhitingBear River High SchoolCA
SuperiorEditorial CartooningSophia PanConestoga High SchoolPA
SuperiorEditorial CartooningLena HardistyMercer Island High SchoolWA
Honorable MentionEditorial CartooningRachel JiangMonta Vista High SchoolCA
Honorable MentionEditorial CartooningAmy XiuHuron High SchoolMI
SuperiorCommentary WritingLeo QualePuyallup High SchoolWA
SuperiorCommentary WritingLance TongMonta Vista High SchoolCA
ExcellentCommentary WritingAnnie PanLadue Horton Watkins High SchoolMO
ExcellentCommentary WritingUmar SamdaniConestoga High SchoolPA
ExcellentCommentary WritingSonali CarumbayaAmador Valley High SchoolCA
Honorable MentionCommentary WritingVijay ViswanathanLafayette High SchoolMO
Honorable MentionCommentary WritingMaya DawsonConifer High SchoolCO
Honorable MentionCommentary WritingDylan EbsJames Bowie High SchoolTX
Honorable MentionCommentary WritingElle HorstCarlmont High SchoolCA
Honorable MentionNewspaper Layout Edward GarciaWalnut High SchoolCA
SuperiorNewsmagazine Layout Grace HuangIowa City West High SchoolIA
ExcellentNewsmagazine Layout Iman MalikMonta Vista High SchoolCA
SuperiorPress Law and EthicsKellen HoardInglemoor High SchoolWA
SuperiorPress Law and EthicsAnnabelle OwyoungBear River High SchoolCA
ExcellentPress Law and EthicsDevin GuptaMonta Vista High SchoolCA
ExcellentPress Law and EthicsNathaniel ReyesMountlake Terrace High SchoolWA
Honorable MentionPress Law and EthicsMarandah Mangra-DutcherJohnston High SchoolIA
Honorable MentionPress Law and EthicsJacob MolinaDos Pueblos High SchoolCA
Honorable MentionPress Law and EthicsElise HsuCarlmont High SchoolCA
Honorable MentionPress Law and EthicsAnjali KokCombs High SchoolAZ
SuperiorYearbook Copy/Caption: SportsAnnie LinSouthwest Career and Technical AcademyNV
ExcellentYearbook Copy/Caption: SportsSamantha SmithConifer High SchoolCO
ExcellentYearbook Copy/Caption: SportsClaire GraverProspect High SchoolIL
Honorable MentionYearbook Copy/Caption: SportsJoseph BudiselichWestlake High SchoolTX
Honorable MentionYearbook Copy/Caption: SportsAlyssa TayJames C Enochs High SchoolCA
ExcellentYearbook Copy/Caption: AcademicsZoe SmutkoProspect High SchoolIL
ExcellentYearbook Copy/Caption: AcademicsAraelia WilsonJames C Enochs High SchoolCA
Honorable MentionYearbook Copy/Caption: AcademicsVirginia PinkleyChrist Presbyterian AcademyTN
Honorable MentionYearbook Copy/Caption: AcademicsLayla HalilbasicOakville High SchoolMO
SuperiorYearbook Copy/Caption: ClubsMia TerekMunster High SchoolIN
ExcellentYearbook Copy/Caption: ClubsJacob StoebnerChrist Presbyterian AcademyTN
ExcellentYearbook Copy/Caption: ClubsKiara ZanfeiJames C Enochs High SchoolCA
Honorable MentionYearbook Copy/Caption: ClubsAbigail BlalockWestlake High SchoolTX
Honorable MentionYearbook Copy/Caption: ClubsLejla PozegicOakville High SchoolMO
Honorable MentionYearbook Copy/Caption: ClubsApril TalaroSouthwest Career and Technical AcademyNV
SuperiorYearbook Copy/Caption: Student LifeHallie CrispChrist Presbyterian AcademyTN
ExcellentYearbook Copy/Caption: Student LifeAmanda PinterProspect High SchoolIL
ExcellentYearbook Copy/Caption: Student LifeBrenna SteeleJames C Enochs High SchoolCA
Honorable MentionYearbook Copy/Caption: Student LifePaige HalterLafayette High SchoolMO
Honorable MentionYearbook Copy/Caption: Student LifeLeona BarocasSt Paul Academy and Summit SchoolMN
SuperiorYearbook Layout: ThemeOmar OrtegaJames C Enochs High SchoolCA
ExcellentYearbook Layout: ThemeKarsyn ArnoldSalina Central High SchoolKS
Honorable MentionYearbook Layout: ThemeMaddie LaymanJohnston High SchoolIA
Honorable MentionYearbook Layout: ThemeIsobel LebeauProspect High SchoolIL
SuperiorYearbook Layout: Inside PagesAmber ZhaoWalnut High SchoolCA
ExcellentYearbook Layout: Inside PagesIain McCarthyJames C Enochs High SchoolCA
Honorable MentionYearbook Layout: Inside PagesPaige RussoProspect High SchoolIL
SuperiorYearbook Cover/EndsheetsMakenzie MaringSalina Central High SchoolKS
ExcellentYearbook Cover/EndsheetsLauren BurginHar-Ber High SchoolAR
Honorable MentionYearbook Cover/EndsheetsSandra AmoresSouthwest Career and Technical AcademyNV
SuperiorLiterary Magazine: LayoutOviya SrihariLadue Horton Watkins High SchoolMO
Honorable MentionLiterary Magazine: LayoutJay MarrenJohnston High SchoolIA
SuperiorLiterary Magazine: PoetrySarah DentDos Pueblos High SchoolCA
ExcellentLiterary Magazine: PoetryKylie BennettArapahoe High SchoolCO
ExcellentLiterary Magazine: PoetryMaddie PotterConifer High SchoolCO
ExcellentLiterary Magazine: PoetryMilla ZunigaAmador Valley High SchoolCA
Honorable MentionLiterary Magazine: PoetryKylie EmeryJohnston High SchoolIA
Honorable MentionLiterary Magazine: PoetryLara Palma MurrayWestlake High SchoolTX
Honorable MentionLiterary Magazine: PoetrySara TateBear River High SchoolCA
SuperiorLiterary Magazine: IllustrationJustine ConstantinoWalnut High SchoolCA
ExcellentLiterary Magazine: IllustrationAddi GerlachChrist Presbyterian AcademyTN
Honorable MentionLiterary Magazine: IllustrationIsabelle McAnallyPuyallup High SchoolWA
Honorable MentionLiterary Magazine: PhotographyAshley DoehnerOmaha Marian High SchoolNE
Honorable MentionLiterary Magazine: PhotographyChloe AmyxChrist Presbyterian AcademyTN
ExcellentGraphic Design: LogoMarissa MathiesonLadue Horton Watkins High SchoolMO
ExcellentGraphic Design: LogoRae GrayJames Bowie High SchoolTX
ExcellentGraphic Design: LogoBianca SanchezDa Vinci SchoolsCA
Honorable MentionGraphic Design: LogoRory KnettlesInglemoor High SchoolWA
Honorable MentionGraphic Design: LogoIsabella RicciDos Pueblos High SchoolCA
Honorable MentionGraphic Design: LogoGeorgia PaulEastview High SchoolMN
Honorable MentionGraphic Design: LogoTishie NyitrySouthwest Career and Technical AcademyNV
Honorable MentionGraphic Design: LogoAraya ReedBear River High SchoolCA
SuperiorGraphic Design: InfographicsSophia LiuLadue Horton Watkins High SchoolMO
ExcellentGraphic Design: InfographicsEmma WagnerJames C Enochs High SchoolCA
SuperiorGraphic Design: AdvertisingJoanne SungLadue Horton Watkins High SchoolMO
ExcellentGraphic Design: AdvertisingEmily AdamsonBear River High SchoolCA
Honorable MentionGraphic Design: AdvertisingMira BhattCarlmont High SchoolCA
SuperiorGraphic Design: Photo IllustrationMadison LandSouthwest Career and Technical AcademyNV
ExcellentGraphic Design: Photo IllustrationAnisa ToliverJames C Enochs High SchoolCA
SuperiorThemed PhotoEmma DonaldVan Alstyne High SchoolTX
ExcellentThemed PhotoAlexia MorrisJames C Enochs High SchoolCA
ExcellentThemed PhotoKirsten BriscoeBear River High SchoolCA
ExcellentThemed PhotoIan ShayStrath Haven High SchoolPA
Honorable MentionThemed PhotoChioma AloziemOmaha Marian High SchoolNE
Honorable MentionThemed PhotoAlison TogamiDos Pueblos High SchoolCA
SuperiorSports Action PhotographyMollie GallagherVan Alstyne High SchoolTX
ExcellentSports Action PhotographyEmma SutherlandMadison High SchoolID
ExcellentSports Action PhotographyAric ShahWestlake High SchoolTX
ExcellentSports Action PhotographyAddison WhitneyHar-Ber High SchoolAR
ExcellentSports Action PhotographyPaulina SolorzanoWhitney High SchoolCA
Honorable MentionSports Action PhotographyMorgan ToppsProspect High SchoolIL
Honorable MentionSports Action PhotographyOwen AanestadIowa City West High SchoolIA
Honorable MentionSports Action PhotographyChristian TillardCombs High SchoolAZ
Honorable MentionSports Action PhotographySiera OctavianoAntwerp Local SchoolOH
SuperiorSports Feature PhotographyCaroline DossmanVan Alstyne High SchoolTX
ExcellentSports Feature PhotographyRachael BarkoffWestlake High SchoolTX
ExcellentSports Feature PhotographyMadison LambCombs High SchoolAZ
Honorable MentionSports Feature PhotographyLily SabaWilliams Field High SchoolAZ
ExcellentFeature PhotographyAnalyn DoJames C Enochs High SchoolCA
ExcellentFeature PhotographyAlexej VargasHar-Ber High SchoolAR
ExcellentFeature PhotographyIsabel InmanVan Alstyne High SchoolTX
Honorable MentionFeature PhotographyKylie JonesMadison High SchoolID
Honorable MentionFeature PhotographyHannah MekkyProspect High SchoolIL
ExcellentGeneral or Spot News PhotographyCedrik Von BrielWoodside High SchoolCA
SuperiorPhoto StoryNikolas LiepinsSt Paul Academy and Summit SchoolMN
ExcellentPhoto StoryJulia FrancoWestlake High SchoolTX
ExcellentPhoto StoryAmeena PierstorffJames C Enochs High SchoolCA
ExcellentPhoto StoryPeyton MannVan Alstyne High SchoolTX
Honorable MentionPhoto StoryEmma NeilsonWilliams Field High SchoolAZ
SuperiorPhotography PortfolioChloe RosenbaumRedondo Union High SchoolCA
ExcellentPhotography PortfolioRobert DickerArapahoe High SchoolCO
Honorable MentionPhotography PortfolioJordyn CimmiyottiJohnston High SchoolIA
Honorable MentionPhotography PortfolioDanny SoufiWestlake High SchoolTX
Honorable MentionPhotography PortfolioAlyssa SkalaIowa City West High SchoolIA
ExcellentPortrait PhotoSophia TalleyJames C Enochs High SchoolCA
ExcellentPortrait PhotoDean CarrascoSouthwest Career and Technical AcademyNV
ExcellentPortrait PhotoMadison MeilingerBear River High SchoolCA
ExcellentPortrait PhotoAllison MiHuron High SchoolMI
Honorable MentionPortrait PhotoTodd McKechnieMunster High SchoolIN
Honorable MentionPortrait PhotoCali ShohetCarlmont High SchoolCA
SuperiorFirst-Year PhotoFrancis HovlandMunster High SchoolIN
ExcellentFirst-Year PhotoJoy WangBellaire High SchoolTX
ExcellentFirst-Year PhotoIsabella ZardoJames C Enochs High SchoolCA
ExcellentFirst-Year PhotoLayla CopseyAntwerp Local SchoolOH
ExcellentFirst-Year PhotoMadelyn ThomasVan Alstyne High SchoolTX
Honorable MentionFirst-Year PhotoAlyssa MinerJohnston High SchoolIA
Honorable MentionFirst-Year PhotoMia ScottCombs High SchoolAZ
Honorable MentionFirst-Year PhotoMarin LentStrath Haven High SchoolPA
SuperiorBroadcast News StoryJordan AyersVan Alstyne High SchoolTX
ExcellentBroadcast News StoryMariah AlberWilliams Field High SchoolAZ
SuperiorBroadcast Sports StoryKhaalid CumarEastview High SchoolMN
ExcellentBroadcast Sports StoryJohn BristorWilliams Field High SchoolAZ
ExcellentBroadcast Sports StoryCarson CooperVan Alstyne High SchoolTX
SuperiorBroadcast Feature StoryKate CarsonVan Alstyne High SchoolTX
ExcellentBroadcast Feature StoryEmma LetzigProspect High SchoolIL
Honorable MentionBroadcast Feature StoryMia GonzalezRonald Reagan High SchoolTX
Honorable MentionBroadcast Feature StoryJeffrey DavisWilliams Field High SchoolAZ
SuperiorBroadcast Commercial/PSAAsher PouliotWilliams Field High SchoolAZ
ExcellentBroadcast Commercial/PSAAustin BeattySalina Central High SchoolKS
SuperiorVideographyKaley MazurowskiWilliams Field High SchoolAZ
ExcellentVideographyEmily ZhangFrancis Howell North High SchoolMO
ExcellentVideographyMeg HeverohOakville High SchoolMO
ExcellentShort DocumentaryTrisha KhattarAmador Valley High SchoolCA
Honorable MentionShort DocumentaryKatherine LytleProspect High SchoolIL
Honorable MentionShort DocumentaryTianyi SunNanjing Jinling High School
Honorable MentionShort DocumentaryXinhui YeCrosspoint at Nanjing Yuhuatai International High School 
SuperiorVideo Package EditingOlivia StankewiczPadua AcademyDE
ExcellentVideo Package EditingKevin VeraLafayette High SchoolMO
Honorable MentionVideo Package EditingLogan TillyConifer High SchoolCO
Honorable MentionVideo Package EditingSyrina CastilloCombs High SchoolAZ
Honorable MentionVideo Package EditingPaul MoodyWilliams Field High SchoolAZ
SuperiorOnline News PackageRenna PopliAmador Valley High SchoolCA
ExcellentOnline News PackageSimone Cawthorne KingChandler High SchoolAZ
ExcellentOnline News PackageIvy LamM Stoneman Douglas High SchoolFL
Honorable MentionOnline News PackageCassandra LudwigOakville High SchoolMO
Honorable MentionOnline News PackageCandice Anvari-GhasrBeverly Hills High SchoolCA
Honorable MentionBroadcast NewswritingEva BeidleOakville High SchoolMO
SuperiorBroadcast PackageAlli CholetteVan Alstyne High SchoolTX
ExcellentBroadcast PackageBrooke AndersonWilliams Field High SchoolAZ
Honorable MentionBroadcast PackageJoey WeaverLafayette High SchoolMO


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