50 entries receive superior award in fall National Student Media Contests

50 entries receive superior award in fall National Student Media Contests

By Nancy Smith, MJE, NSMC chair

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

In all, 641 students competed in photo, broadcast, graphic design, literary magazine, design and writing contests.

There were 249 winning students comprising 50 superior, 88 excellent and 111 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. 

“This fall we are reminded of the tenacity of our JEA family,” JEA NSMC chair Nancy Smith said. “The COVID-19 pandemic has created unbelievable challenges and yet, here we are in November, doing what we do every November — recognizing the work of outstanding student journalism in the National Student Media Contests.

“Kudos to all the contestants for overcoming the obstacles of remote or hybrid or some other new form of learning, and for getting those entries in on time. And thank you to the nearly 200 judges who spent hours completing critiques. In a time when no one has any extra time, you all found some to help JEA and we are so very appreciative.”

2020 National Student Media Contests results

RatingContest NameFull NameSchool NameSchool State
SuperiorNewswritingClara BowmanHuron High SchoolMI
SuperiorNewswritingSrinithi RajWestford AcademyMA
SuperiorNewswritingBrooke ElliottLittle Rock Central High SchoolAR
ExcellentNewswritingItzel LunaDaniel Pearl Magnet High SchoolCA
ExcellentNewswritingAshlynn RobertsArgyle High SchoolTX
ExcellentNewswritingLana SalahiehMunster High SchoolIN
ExcellentNewswritingHeather FabritzeEmmaus High SchoolPA
ExcellentNewswritingRhea PatneyLadue Horton Watkins High SchoolMO
Honorable MentionNewswritingPeter PuUniversity of Chicago Laboratory High SchoolIL
Honorable MentionNewswritingOlivia CaggianoAledo High SchoolTX
SuperiorEditorial WritingSophia PanConestoga High SchoolPA
ExcellentEditorial WritingKrishita DuttaUniversity of Chicago Laboratory High SchoolIL
ExcellentEditorial WritingAnna DaileyOmaha Marian High SchoolNE
ExcellentEditorial WritingDelilah BrumerDaniel Pearl Magnet High SchoolCA
ExcellentEditorial WritingAmelie De LeonWoodside High SchoolCA
Honorable MentionEditorial WritingOlivia SilveyKirkwood High SchoolMO
Honorable MentionEditorial WritingAaryan MidhaWhitney High SchoolCA
Honorable MentionEditorial WritingJoel KellarJohnston High SchoolIA
Honorable MentionEditorial WritingAnnika KochPaul Laurence Dunbar High SchoolKY
Honorable MentionEditorial WritingShelby DouthitBryant Jr High SchoolAR
SuperiorFeature WritingSarah CrowderArgyle High SchoolTX
ExcellentFeature WritingAllison MiHuron High SchoolMI
ExcellentFeature WritingAlyssa GarciaUniversity Preparatory AcademyCA
Honorable MentionFeature WritingAmara HarperKirkwood High SchoolMO
Honorable MentionFeature WritingKylie EmeryJohnston High SchoolIA
Honorable MentionFeature WritingKatherine LeeConestoga High SchoolPA
Honorable MentionFeature WritingAtarah IsraelMunster High SchoolIN
Honorable MentionFeature WritingGreta MillerEmmaus High SchoolPA
Honorable MentionFeature WritingOviya SrihariLadue Horton Watkins High SchoolMO
SuperiorSports WritingAyal MeyersCarlmont High SchoolCA
ExcellentSports WritingPenelope GoodwinMountlake Terrace High SchoolWA
ExcellentSports WritingOwen HalsteadFrancis Howell High SchoolMO
ExcellentSports WritingNimi BalaPaul Laurence Dunbar High SchoolKY
Honorable MentionSports WritingGrace HollebUniversity of Chicago Laboratory High SchoolIL
Honorable MentionSports WritingBrody WallaceSparkman High SchoolAL
Honorable MentionSports WritingReese WangConestoga High SchoolPA
Honorable MentionSports WritingSam MykelArgyle High SchoolTX
SuperiorReview WritingKristen SuWestford AcademyMA
ExcellentReview WritingNicky Edwards-LevinUniversity of Chicago Laboratory High SchoolIL
ExcellentReview WritingOwen CummingsWalnut Hills High SchoolOH
ExcellentReview WritingZachary KhouriCarlmont High SchoolCA
ExcellentReview WritingJack ClayBryant High SchoolAR
ExcellentReview WritingAlexander BalfanzWoodside High SchoolCA
ExcellentReview WritingJacob WelskoEmmaus High SchoolPA
Honorable MentionReview WritingRose KanaleyShawnee Mission East High SchoolKS
Honorable MentionReview WritingTiffanie RichermeLake Central High SchoolIN
Honorable MentionReview WritingVictoria BravoPaul Laurence Dunbar High SchoolKY
Honorable MentionReview WritingEvan LuConestoga High SchoolPA
Honorable MentionReview WritingRon AichLynbrook High SchoolCA
Honorable MentionReview WritingEsther LimGlenbrook South High SchoolIL
Honorable MentionReview WritingOwen SilzerLittle Rock Central High SchoolAR
SuperiorEditorial CartooningKameron GlennSparkman High SchoolAL
SuperiorEditorial CartooningDanielle ZhangLadue Horton Watkins High SchoolMO
ExcellentEditorial CartooningKasey LiuCarlmont High SchoolCA
ExcellentEditorial CartooningAndrew OrdieresChristopher Columbus High SchoolFL
Honorable MentionEditorial CartooningHana NorthSalina Central High SchoolKS
SuperiorCommentary WritingKristen HeilenmanEmmaus High SchoolPA
SuperiorCommentary WritingAnnie PanLadue Horton Watkins High SchoolMO
ExcellentCommentary WritingKate StiensWalnut Hills High SchoolOH
ExcellentCommentary WritingJanessa UlugUniversity Preparatory AcademyCA
Honorable MentionCommentary WritingAn NgoUniversity of Chicago Laboratory High SchoolIL
Honorable MentionCommentary WritingBennie ChangLynbrook High SchoolCA
SuperiorNewspaper LayoutAmanda CasselUniversity of Chicago Laboratory High SchoolIL
ExcellentNewspaper LayoutCameron RozekNaperville Central High SchoolIL
Honorable MentionNewspaper LayoutNaomi DelkamillerOmaha Marian High SchoolNE
Honorable MentionNewspaper LayoutAnanya KulkarniConestoga High SchoolPA
SuperiorNewsmagazine LayoutKatherine NguyenUniversity Preparatory AcademyCA
ExcellentNewsmagazine LayoutBree AmmonsFrancis Howell North High SchoolMO
ExcellentNewsmagazine LayoutDelaney OwensWalnut Hills High SchoolOH
Honorable MentionNewsmagazine LayoutBrianna ChengCarlmont High SchoolCA
Honorable MentionNewsmagazine LayoutEthan WillickLadue Horton Watkins High SchoolMO
SuperiorPress Law and EthicsBerk OtoUniversity of Chicago Laboratory High SchoolIL
ExcellentPress Law and EthicsNathaniel ReyesMountlake Terrace High SchoolWA
ExcellentPress Law and EthicsWilliam TongNaperville Central High SchoolIL
Honorable MentionPress Law and EthicsJoe ShemUniversity Preparatory AcademyCA
Honorable MentionPress Law and EthicsAidan SpringsEmmaus High SchoolPA
SuperiorYearbook Copy/Caption: SportsFiona FergusonLadue Horton Watkins High SchoolMO
ExcellentYearbook Copy/Caption: SportsLeah BoatmanMcKinney High SchoolTX
Honorable MentionYearbook Copy/Caption: SportsLejla PozegicOakville High SchoolMO
Honorable MentionYearbook Copy/Caption: SportsBrenna SteeleJames C Enochs High SchoolCA
Honorable MentionYearbook Copy/Caption: SportsJulia CappioUniversity PrepWA
ExcellentYearbook Copy/Caption: AcademicsMia Simone ParkerBryant High SchoolAR
Honorable MentionYearbook Copy/Caption: AcademicsDelia AndersenJames C Enochs High SchoolCA
Honorable MentionYearbook Copy/Caption: AcademicsAfrida RaidahMill Creek High SchoolGA
Honorable MentionYearbook Copy/Caption: AcademicsKaitlin ChungCorning-Painted Post High SchoolNY
SuperiorYearbook Copy/Caption: ClubsMia TerekMunster High SchoolIN
ExcellentYearbook Copy/Caption: ClubsAraelia WilsonJames C Enochs High SchoolCA
Honorable MentionYearbook Copy/Caption: ClubsAdrianna NehmeUniversity of Chicago Laboratory High SchoolIL
SuperiorYearbook Copy/Caption: Student LifeRia GuptaCorning-Painted Post High SchoolNY
ExcellentYearbook Copy/Caption: Student LifeAvery ParkerChrist Presbyterian AcademyTN
ExcellentYearbook Copy/Caption: Student LifeJoee ShanaverBryant High SchoolAR
ExcellentYearbook Copy/Caption: Student LifeBronte RoltschMcKinney High SchoolTX
Honorable MentionYearbook Copy/Caption: Student LifeAlyssa TayJames C Enochs High SchoolCA
Honorable MentionYearbook Copy/Caption: Student LifeAbigail BlalockWestlake High SchoolTX
SuperiorYearbook Layout: ThemeIain McCarthyJames C Enochs High SchoolCA
ExcellentYearbook Layout: ThemeAnusha SinghLafayette High SchoolMO
ExcellentYearbook Layout: ThemeAlivia JiangCorning-Painted Post High SchoolNY
ExcellentYearbook Layout: ThemeSydney CaldwellMcKinney High SchoolTX
Honorable MentionYearbook Layout: ThemeTaryn MockJohnston High SchoolIA
Honorable MentionYearbook Layout: ThemeKarsyn ArnoldSalina Central High SchoolKS
Honorable MentionYearbook Layout: ThemeKylie LaRosaBryant High SchoolAR
Honorable MentionYearbook Layout: ThemeShivani ReganLiberal Arts and Science AcademyTX
SuperiorYearbook Layout: Inside PagesAislinn SullivanShawnee Mission East High SchoolKS
ExcellentYearbook Layout: Inside PagesAlexandra BehnCorning-Painted Post High SchoolNY
Honorable MentionYearbook Layout: Inside PagesPaige RussoProspect High SchoolIL
Honorable MentionYearbook Layout: Inside PagesOmar OrtegaJames C Enochs High SchoolCA
Honorable MentionYearbook Layout: Inside PagesRachel BrownLafayette High SchoolMO
Honorable MentionYearbook Layout: Inside PagesKatelyn WhiteChrist Presbyterian AcademyTN
SuperiorYearbook Cover/EndsheetsMakenzie MaringSalina Central High SchoolKS
ExcellentYearbook Cover/EndsheetsIsabella ZardoJames C Enochs High SchoolCA
Honorable MentionYearbook Cover/EndsheetsAddie Reese ZappChrist Presbyterian AcademyTN
Honorable MentionYearbook Cover/EndsheetsSamantha SantibanezShawnee Mission South High SchoolKS
SuperiorLiterary Magazine: LayoutBianca DiazMcKinney High SchoolTX
ExcellentLiterary Magazine: LayoutKaytie Van AlstineMcGill-Toolen Catholic High SchoolAL
Honorable MentionLiterary Magazine: LayoutEmily RutledgeBryant High SchoolAR
SuperiorLiterary Magazine: PoetryAlena ZhangCherry Hill High School EastNJ
SuperiorLiterary Magazine: PoetryEliza TurcoOmaha Marian High SchoolNE
ExcellentLiterary Magazine: PoetryKaitlyn El-SayeghWhitney High SchoolCA
ExcellentLiterary Magazine: PoetryBella HerringBryant High SchoolAR
Honorable MentionLiterary Magazine: PoetryJuli MejiaLafayette High SchoolMO
Honorable MentionLiterary Magazine: PoetryAnita BerozaCarlmont High SchoolCA
Honorable MentionLiterary Magazine: PoetryCooper OdomMcGill-Toolen Catholic High SchoolAL
SuperiorLiterary Magazine: IllustrationJessica ConleyCarlmont High SchoolCA
ExcellentLiterary Magazine: IllustrationMadison LaCroixUniversity High SchoolFL
ExcellentLiterary Magazine: IllustrationSmith StrainMcGill-Toolen Catholic High SchoolAL
ExcellentLiterary Magazine: PhotographyVivian RongCherry Hill High School EastNJ
ExcellentLiterary Magazine: PhotographyAshley DoehnerOmaha Marian High SchoolNE
ExcellentLiterary Magazine: PhotographyEmily WhittakerBryant High SchoolAR
Honorable MentionGraphic Design: LogoMarandah Mangra-DutcherJohnston High SchoolIA
Honorable MentionGraphic Design: LogoMaya KornyeyevaCarlmont High SchoolCA
SuperiorGraphic Design: InfographicsMira BhattCarlmont High SchoolCA
ExcellentGraphic Design: InfographicsJenna PlasschaertUniversity Preparatory AcademyCA
ExcellentGraphic Design: InfographicsEmma WagnerJames C. Enochs High SchoolCA
Honorable MentionGraphic Design: InfographicsKatie EastmanLiberal Arts and Science AcademyTX
SuperiorGraphic Design: AdvertisingCooper LyonCorning-Painted Post High SchoolNY
ExcellentGraphic Design: AdvertisingElizabeth SulekLake Central High SchoolIN
ExcellentGraphic Design: AdvertisingMaddy TingCarlmont High SchoolCA
SuperiorGraphic Design: Photo IllustrationIsaac CovarrubiasMcKinney High SchoolTX
ExcellentGraphic Design: Photo IllustrationPayton BlahutJohnston High SchoolIA
Honorable MentionGraphic Design: Photo IllustrationAnisa ToliverJames C Enochs High SchoolCA
Honorable MentionGraphic Design: Photo IllustrationGagani LiyanawadugeOlathe South High SchoolKS
SuperiorThemed PhotoSophia TalleyJames C Enochs High SchoolCA
ExcellentThemed PhotoIsha ShethLiberal Arts and Science AcademyTX
Honorable MentionThemed PhotoMegan ClarkFrancis Howell High SchoolMO
Honorable MentionThemed PhotoAudrey BoyceCarlmont High SchoolCA
Honorable MentionThemed PhotoCedrik Von BrielWoodside High SchoolCA
SuperiorSports Action PhotographyDacie RitchRichland R-1 SchoolMO
ExcellentSports Action PhotographyJordyn CimmiyottiJohnston High SchoolIA
ExcellentSports Action PhotographySophia SchellerLafayette High SchoolMO
ExcellentSports Action PhotographyAva BathurstAledo High SchoolTX
ExcellentSports Action PhotographyMackenzie BighamVan Alstyne High SchoolTX
Honorable MentionSports Action PhotographyJespyn BishopBrighton High SchoolCO
Honorable MentionSports Action PhotographyMorgan WoodKearney High SchoolMO
Honorable MentionSports Action PhotographyJordan HeathBryant High SchoolAR
Honorable MentionSports Action PhotographyElla NeffLiberal Arts and Science AcademyTX
Honorable MentionSports Action PhotographyBranden SvevoMcKinney High SchoolTX
ExcellentSports Feature PhotographyAnna RauschFrancis Howell High SchoolMO
Honorable MentionSports Feature PhotographyNicholas WestArgyle High SchoolTX
ExcellentFeature PhotographyHannah MekkyProspect High SchoolIL
ExcellentFeature PhotographyLauren PetersonMcKinney High SchoolTX
Honorable MentionFeature PhotographyMalcolm TaylorUniversity of Chicago Laboratory High SchoolIL
Honorable MentionFeature PhotographyTyler YuenUniversity Preparatory AcademyCA
Honorable MentionFeature PhotographyRachael BarkoffWestlake High SchoolTX
Honorable MentionFeature PhotographyLandrea Van MolShawnee Mission South High SchoolKS
SuperiorGeneral or Spot News PhotographyAric ShahWestlake High SchoolTX
ExcellentGeneral or Spot News PhotographyAlice AdamsEmmaus High SchoolPA
Honorable MentionGeneral or Spot News PhotographyLillian LongLiberal Arts and Science AcademyTX
Honorable MentionGeneral or Spot News PhotographyCaroline DossmanVan Alstyne High SchoolTX
SuperiorPhoto StoryPaulina SolorzanoWhitney High SchoolCA
SuperiorPhoto StoryEmma DonaldVan Alstyne High SchoolTX
ExcellentPhoto StoryKathleen OrtizKingwood Park High SchoolTX
ExcellentPhoto StoryMeliha AnthonyEmmaus High SchoolPA
Honorable MentionPhoto StoryNoah GilbertJohnston High SchoolIA
Honorable MentionPhoto StoryAdryanna Sanchez BrisenoLiberal Arts and Science AcademyTX
Honorable MentionPhoto StorySky OkolieMcKinney High SchoolTX
SuperiorPhotography PortfolioDevin DuffieRichland R-1 SchoolMO
ExcellentPhotography PortfolioKatie RayArgyle High SchoolTX
ExcellentPhotography PortfolioTodd McKechnieMunster High SchoolIN
Honorable MentionPhotography PortfolioKaitlyn DickeySparkman High SchoolAL
Honorable MentionPhotography PortfolioTalia LeVineUniversity PrepWA
Honorable MentionPhotography PortfolioNatasha SweetUniversity High SchoolFL
SuperiorPortrait PhotoAlexia MorrisJames C Enochs High SchoolCA
ExcellentPortrait PhotoMaya KogulanHuron High SchoolMI
ExcellentPortrait PhotoRachel McCreaCarlmont High SchoolCA
ExcellentPortrait PhotoMadison PostonAledo High SchoolTX
SuperiorFirst-Year PhotoLainey HoggKirkwood High SchoolMO
SuperiorFirst-Year PhotoCassie BessRichland R-1 SchoolMO
ExcellentFirst-Year PhotoLany GregorOmaha Marian High SchoolNE
ExcellentFirst-Year PhotoDelaney LechowitArgyle High SchoolTX
ExcellentFirst-Year PhotoJessica RobertsBryant High SchoolAR
ExcellentFirst-Year PhotoMollie GallagherVan Alstyne High SchoolTX
Honorable MentionFirst-Year PhotoAnalyn DoJames C Enochs High SchoolCA
Honorable MentionFirst-Year PhotoAlyssa EimerWhitney High SchoolCA
Honorable MentionFirst-Year PhotoKyla UlugUniversity Preparatory AcademyCA
Honorable MentionFirst-Year PhotoTristan CowdenWestlake High SchoolTX
Honorable MentionFirst-Year PhotoJocelyn KirbyBryant Jr High SchoolAR
SuperiorBroadcast News StoryJordan AyersVan Alstyne High SchoolTX
ExcellentBroadcast News StoryPayton ZolckCarlmont High SchoolCA
ExcellentBroadcast News StoryChristopher GomezChristopher Columbus High SchoolFL
ExcellentBroadcast News StoryNicholas CasanuevaChristopher Columbus High SchoolFL
Honorable MentionBroadcast News StoryAlice ScottMcCallum High SchoolTX
Honorable MentionBroadcast News StoryMegan TanisCatawba Ridge High SchoolSC
SuperiorBroadcast Sports StoryAdrian BottonChristopher Columbus High SchoolFL
SuperiorBroadcast Sports StoryNeo GaitanChristopher Columbus High SchoolFL
SuperiorBroadcast Sports StoryMikayla JonesHigley High SchoolAZ
ExcellentBroadcast Sports StoryJoey WeaverLafayette High SchoolMO
ExcellentBroadcast Sports StoryBlake WoodardCatawba Ridge High SchoolSC
Honorable MentionBroadcast Sports StoryBen HughesMarquette High SchoolMO
Honorable MentionBroadcast Sports StoryAustin BeattySalina Central High SchoolKS
Honorable MentionBroadcast Sports StoryCollister RyanSalina Central High SchoolKS
Honorable MentionBroadcast Sports StoryMarilyn LyVan Alstyne High SchoolTX
Honorable MentionBroadcast Sports StoryParis LehmanTupelo High SchoolMS
Honorable MentionBroadcast Sports StoryJacob TetlowCentral High SchoolMO
Honorable MentionBroadcast Sports StoryElizabeth SwordsCentral High SchoolMO
ExcellentBroadcast Feature StoryKiana GeorgeCarlmont High SchoolCA
ExcellentBroadcast Feature StoryHayden AshtonHigley High SchoolAZ
Honorable MentionBroadcast Feature StoryCassie SunMarquette High SchoolMO
Honorable MentionBroadcast Feature StoryKate CarsonVan Alstyne High SchoolTX
Honorable MentionBroadcast Feature StoryAlysen RoseHeritage High SchoolTX
SuperiorBroadcast Commercial/PSACrescentia FerrellHigley High SchoolAZ
ExcellentBroadcast Commercial/PSAIsabelle MilfordHeritage High SchoolTX
Honorable MentionBroadcast Commercial/PSAZachary KnappSpectrum High SchoolMN
Honorable MentionBroadcast Commercial/PSAElizabeth McCoySpectrum High SchoolMN
SuperiorVideographyEthan NuttallHigley High SchoolAZ
Honorable MentionVideographySloan ScrogginPaul Laurence Dunbar High SchoolKY
Honorable MentionVideographyValery BarreraDaniel Pearl Magnet High SchoolCA
ExcellentShort DocumentaryEmanuel NaccaratoChristopher Columbus High SchoolFL
ExcellentShort DocumentaryAndrew FalconiChristopher Columbus High SchoolFL
Honorable MentionShort DocumentaryAva RichardsCarlmont High SchoolCA
Honorable MentionShort DocumentaryRuya YamanCarlmont High SchoolCA
Honorable MentionShort DocumentaryCameron JamesBryant High SchoolAR
SuperiorVideo Package EditingBella ReevesCarlmont High SchoolCA
ExcellentVideo Package EditingMargie CarsonVan Alstyne High SchoolTX
Honorable MentionVideo Package EditingAllison BassFrancis Howell North High SchoolMO
Honorable MentionVideo Package EditingElla WilliamsPaul Laurence Dunbar High SchoolKY
Honorable MentionVideo Package EditingKate SteingraberCentral High SchoolMO
SuperiorOnline News PackageEmma NewmanBeverly Hills High SchoolCA
SuperiorOnline News PackageCandice Anvari-GhasrBeverly Hills High SchoolCA
SuperiorOnline News PackageVictoria HirshBeverly Hills High SchoolCA
ExcellentOnline News PackageSadie BogradPaul Laurence Dunbar High SchoolKY
ExcellentOnline News PackageLogan JusticePaul Laurence Dunbar High SchoolKY
ExcellentOnline News PackageAlex GonzalezPaul Laurence Dunbar High SchoolKY
SuperiorBroadcast NewswritingZiv AmsiliCherry Hill High School EastNJ
Honorable MentionBroadcast NewswritingEliana DavilaNorth Kansas City High SchoolMO
Honorable MentionBroadcast NewswritingChelsea NwankwoBryant High SchoolAR
SuperiorBroadcast PackageJenna HigginsCentral High SchoolMO
SuperiorBroadcast PackageLily BoyerCentral High SchoolMO
ExcellentBroadcast PackageThomas PozoChristopher Columbus High SchoolFL
ExcellentBroadcast PackageLuca BuonocoreChristopher Columbus High SchoolFL

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