2016-2017 KHSJA Newspaper Contest results

2016-2017 Newspaper Contest Results

 

***Note: As allowed by the contest rules, some schools were moved down in class in order to better balance the competition. Some AAA schools were moved to AA and some AA schools were moved to A

 

 

Class A

 

  1. Newswriting

First place

Emily Nigro

Berea Community High School

This story is excellent – it made it very difficult to chose between first and second. I really enjoyed the quotes within the story. It is information packed and well thought out. I would say that long-quotes should not be contained within a long paragraph. Just a thought to return and break out the quotes. In my years of judging I am impressed to see the growth in ability of student writers. Fashioned well. Nice thought process and reader useful. Emily, you should be proud of your work and your readers should be grateful for the work you did on this piece. I am sure if choose a writing path you will be successful.

 

Second place

Braxton Bogard

Calloway County High School

The story was properly expressed with obvious thought. It contains information and quotes which also makes the story useable. The key to this article is that it allows proper decision-making and the understanding of the cost and ramifications of making the decision. There is no editorial opinion expressed, a key element of newswriting. I enjoyed the article. Excellent

 

Third place

Karmadri Santiago

Berea Community High School

 

The article is formed well and includes information on how the program was developed and administered and revealed how students participating were interacting with the program. My suggestion would be to include actual direct quotes — not paraphrase what s spoken. Nice job.

 

  1. Feature Writing

First place

Kenna Friedrich

Calloway County High School

This is an excellent example of what a feature story should be. Great use of quotes from a variety of people who are in contact with your subject. This piece is well thought out and organized. I would like to see a stronger conclusion to the article. It seems you still had more to say. You need to come full circle and take it back his being the “go to man” for hunting advice (i.e. does he teach hunter ed classes, does he encourage others to enjoy the sport.)

 

Second place

Chloe Skeese and Saraya Smith

Berea Community High School

This is a nice article that focuses on the school family through two former students who returned there to teach. It is a nice positive reflection of the school and the community. Breaking the quotes (starting a sentence with part of the quote, breaking with said Mrs. W, and then continuing the quote would give you sentence structure variety and perhaps held your article flow better. You also need to work on the last paragraph so your story comes full circle. Be sure your reader knows your purpose for writing,

 

Third place

Chloe Skeese

Berea Community High School

This can be a great article but it needs to be developed more fully. More details about your subjects’ program are needed. You’ve done a great job developing the background information, but you need more details about her project. Also be sure you include when and where you talked with her about this. Since she is working out of the country, was this a Skype interview, was she home on break or was it a phone conversation? You are a nice writer; you just need more development on this piece.

 

  1. Editorial writing

First place

Halee Bergman

Calloway County High School

The editorial is well thought. It is balanced, includes source participation and conveys the very most important aspects in editorial writing. The editorial provides facts, support of facts and the most important aspects of editorial writing. It provides a call to action and provides the method to do so. It also directs readers in exactly how to move forward in acknowledging the subject of the editorial. It is little wonder Halee Bergman is the editor and chief of The Laker Review. This was a pleasure to read.

 

Second place

Braxton Bogard

Calloway County High School

A difficult decision. This editorial also directed readers in a call to action to make a personal decision. I particularly enjoyed the inclusion of many sources to define and support the points included in the editorial. I enjoyed the summary at the end and the justification for the editorial and why people should take time to vote. Excellent work.

 

Third place

Constance Wright

Berea Community High School

The op-ed piece is signed as I believe it should have been. The young writer presented personal experiences and the positive actions of her participation in using the program. The personal aspect created a nice atmosphere in the story – and made it comfortable to read beginning to end. Keep up the great work.

 

  1. Review

First place

Saraya Smith

Berea Community High School

The headline was eye-catching. For those of us who lived during the late 1950s, I certainly could relate to the creative writing of this student.

 

Second place

Peyton Ford

Paducah Tilghman High School

Very descriptive writing.

 

Third place

Sam Howle

Berea Community High School

Each sentence was very interesting. And that drew me into the next.

 

 

  1. Sports Writing

First place

Emily Nigro

Berea Community High School

Well-written and informative piece on wrestling — or the lack thereof — at the school. The story puts a face on the issue and explains to readers what the next steps would need to be to create wrestling as a sport.

 

Second place

Ben Yong

Calloway County High School

Multiple sources provide a clear picture of the wrestling team’s position heading into the state-level competition. The story gets a little too in the weeds when sharing some very specific details, but overall a good read for fans of the sport.

 

Third place

Chloe Skeese

Berea Community High School

This story does an admirable job of covering a very interesting and complex debate about whether the school’s losing football team should continue to exist. There’s too much opinion, however, which should have been kept out of the hard news story and saved for an editorial.

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Photography

First place

Lexie Yocum

Calloway County High School

This soccer photo stood out among the rest of the entrants. It is a clean, well-composed and nicely cropped image (could be a smidge tighter from the right side), that captures a nice action moment.

 

Second place

Constance Wright

Berea Community High School

It’s all too easy to just snap a photo of homecoming court candidates with a forced smile in their photos, but this image captures a genuine moment and real, relaxed smiles. This photo also is cropped well – leaving in the guy on the right side of the frame gives the photo surprisingly good balance. It would have been way too easy to just crop him out altogether.

 

Third place

Kenna Friedrich

Calloway County High School

Another homecoming photo captured at a nice moment with real, relaxed smiles.

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Advertising

Certificate of Merit

Olivia Rose

Calloway County High School

Clean ad. Simple design approach maximized impact on reader.

 

  1. Column

First place

Grant Cunningham

Calloway County High School

This column flows well and is easy to read. It is light and sometimes sarcastic, yet hits on some very relatable topics for students. In your last graph, you advise to do what you want “as long as you’re not mean”—is that all? Is it OK for students to do things that are illegal or harmful to themselves or others—clarify exactly what you mean. If you are going to give advice, be sure it is sound. Some of your ideas seem to be ‘just thrown in’ (i.e. the taco coupon and the 20) and I know they are meant for humor, but they really don’t fit—be sure there is a point to using these types of comments in your writing. Overall, a very nice column and a good command of language.

 

Second place

Alex Wadley

Paducah Tilghman High School

You have done an excellent job recapping this movie and offering insight to its contents and your opinions of its content. When you are writing a review, you must be sure your reader knows that you, the writer, believe what you’re saying. You need to state your opinions as facts. Stay away from the use of phrases like “I think…”, “I believe..”, “I feel..” and “in my opinion…” Leave your readers with no doubt that you stand behind your comments/review and the ideas you have brought to the forefront. Overall, well written.

 

Third place

Katie Dugger

Calloway County High School

This column reflects an honest look at the dilemma faced by students year in and year out. When giving advice about whether to go to college or work with your hands, offer alternatives. Name some occupations and why they are good for some people—both college educated and tech or trade educated. How is each job financially lucrative—i.e. college educated teachers make less than coal miners, but as you have pointed out job choice is a matter of what makes a person comfortable. What are some of the challenges faced by young people—do they know what “a living wage is?” Should you as a writer point out some of the cost they will encounter? Are the selected jobs financially lucrative or just satisfying? Also watch the flow/organization of the article (i.e. the graph that begins “This college readiness stuff…” might fit better two paragraphs up (and use a stronger word than “stuff”) then transition into the paragraph about not going to college. Overall, you have a nice piece with some sound advise.

 

 

  1. Editorial Cartoon

No awards given

 

  1. Single Page Layout

First place

Katherine Okume

Berea Community High School

A full front page with several elements. Would have liked more art with the three articles. Watch consistency – do you place lines between stories? Sometimes?

 

Second place

Zoe Watkins

Calloway County High School

Layout is clean and easy to read.

 

Third place

Morgan Brewington and Hanna Fischer

Paducah Tilghman High School

Nice clean layout. Wish you would try to vary the text into columns instead of running the text the entire length of the page/story.

 

  1. Page One Design

First place

Katherine Okumu

Berea Community High School

You had a clear dominant package with a bold headline and grouping of photos. Placing the cutlines on photos make them hard to read at times. Most importantly, make sure your photos are fit proportionately in the boxes because a few of them look stretched. Dividing lines between stories would help give the readers’ eyes a break.

 

Second place

Jordan Young

Calloway County High School

Clean layout with clear separation between stories. Work on switching up your layout some so you have a dominant image and headline — they’re all basically the same size. It can be tough to design for a tab size, so maybe working on writing shorter headlines and using subheads to further explain stories could help establish a better hierarchy.

 

Third place

Maddie Ybarzabal

Paducah Tilghman High School

Your headlines get smaller as you move down the page, which is good, but there’s a lot going on so I’m not sure where to look or how to know what’s most important. Work on having a dominant image/story and maybe keep it to 4-5 stories on the front page. Using a few different headline fonts and dividing lines between stories could also help.

 

  1. Two-Page Layout

First place

Braxton Bogard

Calloway County High School

I like the colors and the varied headline fonts, which help to distinguish between stories. Typically, art elements are lined up with columns rather than placed in the middle to avoid weird spacing with your text. Some dividing lines might help break up elements, too. Overall, good job!

 

Second place

Braxton Bogard

Calloway County High School

A nice spread of Laker alumni. You’ve made it easy for the reader to know why these men and women are being honored by using their profession as a header. As mentioned in your first-place entry, be careful placing photos in the middle of columns. Sometimes it works (as with the clinical informatics analyst) and other times, it can make the text oddly spaced (the cinematographer).

 

Third place

Katherine Okumu

Berea Community High School

To be honest, I wasn’t sure what two-page spread I was judging because there were multiple pages and they weren’t marked. I assumed your entry was the top and back pages. Be careful not to stretch the proportions of photos and try to vary headline sizes and fonts to give the page more visual interest. (Schools should submit only pages with entries on them and those entries should be clearly marked with red.)

 

  1. Overall Design

First place

Braxton Bogard

Calloway County High School

You did a good job varying the layout of the inside pages, which can be difficult when designing a tab with ads. Be sure to mix up your front-page layouts some so they don’t all look so similar. The boxes are a good way to set some stories or elements apart from others.

 

Second place

Katherine Okumu

Berea Community High School

Great stories that students will care about. I like adding the graph of the ACT scores, but it’s probably a little larger than necessary. Something like that can be just as effective on a much smaller scale. Again, be sure your photos are proportionate. Work on spacing, as some of the stories and headlines look a little close.

 

Third place

Tilghman Bell staff

Paducah Tilghman High School

I liked your design overall, but you only submitted one issue instead of the required two. You have a nice use of photos, but some pages could use an art element of some kind, such as a pull quote if a photo is not available. I really like the folios at the top of your pages and the design of your bylines. Good job!

 

  1. Illustrations and Graphics

No awards given

 

  1. Best Student Online Publication

No entries received

 

 

 

Class AA

 

  1. Newswriting

First place

Alexis Logsdon

Marion County High School

This is a very informative piece relevant not just to the school but to the community as well. This reports on an important community issue and brings to light some needs of the school district. It is also an article not typically seen in a high school student publication. The article reflects good use of quotes from the principal, but quotes from the superintendent and possibly a board member could also really enhance this story. A quick call to the PVA to see how much money this tax would generate as well as a quote or two from students who use the present labs and what the improvements would meant would also really give the readers a more in-depth look at the importance of this tax. The superintendent could tell you how much the district has lost in state and federal funding and how much is needed for district upgrades. Overall, this story is well written and very insightful.

 

Second place

Lyndsey Newport

Assumption High School

Great story on a relevant and timely issue. Nice use of quotes, but you might want to incorporate more quotes.

I would suggest varying your sentence beginnings so you don’t have so many sentences starting with “McCain”—three paragraphs begin with McCain. The paragraph about McCain’s Calcutta trip needs more development. This graph leaves some unanswered questions. Also, be sure you cite your sources (i.e. 70 percent of human trafficking is linked to organized crime)—how do you know this?

 

Third place

Ryan Cywinski

Trinity High School

This is a strong news story with good use quotes and relevant information; however, you need to mention when you spoke with these individuals (i.e. when did the principal make these comments, when did you talk to the students?) You might also want to include the number of tests that were given, how often test were given and whether they were announced or unannounced. Were these tests given to only students or were they given to all faculty and staff as well? What types of drugs does the school test for and what kinds were found to be in use? Overall, good job—very informative.

 

  1. Feature Writing

First place

Connor Rafferty

Trinity High School

This in-depth feature on faith and doubt polls a truly impressive number of people about their religious beliefs and includes surprisingly honest dialogue on what is usually the taboo topic of doubt and atheism. There was clearly a lot of hard work poured into this to create such a high-quality final story.

 

Second place

Cathryn Jones

Boyle County High School

This feature on a high school custodian includes interviews with half a dozen people in order to paint a wonderfully complete picture of a much-loved member of the school community. By the end of the piece, you feel like you know “Ms. Barb,” which is the goal of any personality feature.

 

Third place

Laura Ackermann

Marion County High School

This double-truck feature on the amount of homework students are burdened with combines interesting statistics, student-in-the-hallway opinions and expert analysis to create a quick-hitting, relevant and interesting read.

 

  1. Editorial Writing

First place

Rosecall Staff

Assumption High School

Good job attacking a very local issue. Your readers will easily be able to draw comparisons and your editorial can help drive the conversation.

 

Second place

Sydney Raikes

Marion County High School

Holiday editorials reminding readers that the season needs more selfless good deeds are always a nice reminder, and giving solutions for people to find ways to help is great. My only suggestion: Think outside the box. Many of these suggestions are tried and true, which is OK, but try to find some new avenues to help.

 

Third place

Rosecall Staff

Assumption High School

A heavy topic for a high school editorial page, it might be too much for many of your readers. Try to bring it back with a local angle and help them relate better with global implications at a local level.

 

  1. Review

First place

Connor Rafferty

Trinity High School

This entry placed first because of the honesty shown in the second paragraph. The writer conveyed his feelings nicely and the piece showed real humor.

 

Second place

Dominic Repp

Trinity High School

It was hard not giving this entry first place because of the picture it created by comparing past entertainment with modern-day entertainment but I lost interest about halfway through. Loved the use of the picture of the teacher.

 

Third place

Lyndsey Newport

Assumption High School

I loved how the writer made the connection with a book and what holiday season it would best be read. It was a nice piece but it didn’t capture my interest as the first- and second-place entries did.

 

 

  1. Sports writing

Anthony Farias

Trinity High School

In this category this story was heads above every other entry. It is solid in its content, the writing flows extremely well and the feature approach to the story combined with the quotes made this a great read from beginning to end. Thank you for an excellent entry and the hard work involved in preparing this story.

 

Second place

Avery Feinauer

Highlands High School

A difficult decision. This story flowed from the very first paragraph. It caught every possible emotion at a level reaching professional by standards. I enjoyed the quotes – the interaction between sources in the story and Zoie herself. Congratulations on your work – and congratulations to Zoie as well. Excellent work.

 

Third place

Jacqueline Askin

Assumption High School

The difference between these entries is slight at best. This article caught a great moment, great emotion and shared with the readers the success of Coach Kordes. Nice work on the piece. A great accomplishment as well. This is a quality entry in any contests. Nice work.

 

  1. Photography

First place

Anthony McCavley

Marion County High School

Fascinating photo that kept me looking again and again in this small, but competitive category. Nicely composed with good lighting!

 

Second place

Andrea O’Daniel

Marion County High School

Unusual image from a high school dance. I like the use of backlighting from the stage/DJ. I would like to have seen, perhaps, a little bit tighter crop from the top.

 

Third place

Jacob Ferree

Trinity High School

Very nice peak-action moment. This could have been second place with a tighter more vertical crop, editing out the players in the left third of the image.

 

  1. Advertising

No entries received

 

  1. Column

First place

Hunter Mulloy

Trinity High School

You boldly take on a topic your generation needs to really think about: the right to disagree. Journalists must be willing to stand against censorship and you write about the “safe zone” issue in a thoughtful way. You are a compelling writer and do a great job of arranging your argument. Choose print journalism-you have a future there!

 

Second place

Avery Feinager

Highlands High School

You do a great job of breaking down the story and giving readers a chance to rethink their opinion of this issue based on the facts. You lead your readers to a thoughtful conclusion. Well done.

 

Third place

Hunter Mulloy

Trinity High School

While you make it clear where you stand, you do a great job showing differing views and opinions on candidate Trump. You give people who disagree with you an equal amount of respect as those who share your views, and that is important in column writing. This column is well written and timely.

 

  1. Editorial Cartoon

First place

Sami Tungate

Marion County High School

Very true caption of today’s society. Some people tend to want to creative conflict more than peace.

 

Second place

Joanne Lagazo

Assumption High School

Great capture of the natural beauty of love.

 

Third place

Joanne Lagazo

Assumption High School

Major kudos for shedding light on Latin culture. Great work.

 

  1. Single-Page Layout

First place

Jacqueline Askin

Assumption High School

One of few entries in the category with dominant art. Would have liked to have seen the art at the top of the story to give it full play as a dominant element.

 

Second place

Jenna McKune

Assumption High School

Despite an ad at the top of the page moonlighting as dominant art, the articles are cleaning separated. Would have liked to see local art have more play at the top of the stories and headline weight reflect positioning on page.

 

Third place

Alysia Morgan

Highlands High School

Although page lacks dominant art, I like use of the pull quote as another design element. Might have been better served by running this story on a page without a staff box and ad to allow for better play of art elements.

 

  1. Page One Design

First place

McKenzie Riggs

Assumption High School

A very competitive category. This entry really drew me eye to the page. I’m sure other readers felt the same way.

 

Second place

Alysia Morgan

Highlands High School

A very close second. You have an eye for laying out an attractive front page.

 

Third place

Kristina Hahn

Marion County High School

Something of interest to nearly everyone on this 1A page.

 

 

  1. Two-Page Layout

First place

Tori Haragadon, Anna Gibson, Maddie Smith & Jenna McKune

Assumption High School

The headline is short and sweet. Use of color is nice and grabs the eye. The personal stories with pictures were layed out nicely.

 

Second place

Anna Gibson, Tori Haragadon, Reid Carter & Maddie Smith

Assumption High School

Very attractive entry. The skyline was a nice touch. The headline was little long but got its point across.

 

Third place

Not awarded

 

  1. Overall Design

First place

Rosecall Staff

Assumption High School

Excellent design! I love the use of color and double trucks. Photo placement is good, but it would look neater if photos and cutlines were flush with your body copy.

 

Second place

Staff

Marion County High School

You narrowly missed out on 1st place. Great use of photos and your overall layout is good. Try to eliminate unnecessary white space and be consistent with your type.

 

Third place

Staff

Highlands High School

Excellent use of type. Like Marion County HS, try to eliminate white space and be sure to break up your text with photos, graphics or at the very least, quote boxes. Your pages were too grey.

 

  1. Illustrations and Graphics

No awards given

 

  1. Best Student Online Publication

Staff

Certificate of Merit

Trinity High School

Excellent website. Nicely organized. It made me want to check out its many stories, features and photos. Unfortunately, it was the only entry in this category. I hope more schools enter in the future.

 

Class AAA

 

  1. Newswriting

First place

Cameron Daniel and Lizzie Ward

duPont Manual High School

The clear winner in the category. Daniel and Ward did an excellent job of getting into the story. A good lede put you in place and the story flowed well through out. Very well researched. Exceptional work!

 

Second place

Victoria Nash

Boone County High School

Good job bringing a story with statewide and regional numbers down to your reader. Standardized testing stories can get bogged down in numbers, but this one moved well. I would like to have seen a graphic accompany the story on the front and more reaction from students, but overall it was well researched and sourced.

 

Third place

Shelby McWilliams

South Oldham High School

Not the most exciting topic, but a story that had a great deal of local impact. The front office is the central nervous system of a school and the changes were certainly being felt throughout the halls. Good job letting student know why everything felt different and how the school was working to get it right.

 

  1. Feature Writing

First place

Andrew Clark

George Rogers Clark High School

 

In a crowded contest, it always comes down to the writing. Excellent lede and a vividly original point of view set this one apart. Excellent job, with story exactly describing the action and enhancing the accompanying photo.

 

Second place

Aubrey Wirth

Oldham County High School

Innovative local topic, tied to student at high school, excellent research and writing. A tighter lede would have elevated this, also including a music-like rhythm in the text with sound words.

 

Third place

Kathryn Gallenstein

George Rogers Clark High School

Cutest lede in this contest, although a one-source story about holiday food boxes, it was well-written.

 

  1. Editorial Writing

First Place

Abigail Goodale

South Oldham High School

Excellent local, relevant editorial on going to the bathroom and hall passes. The piece expresses a clear opinion on a topic very important to readers. It informs readers as it expresses opinions and finishes with a strong statement. The hyperlocal angle is what earned this first place.

 

Second Place

Megan Rowe

George Rogers Clark High School

Very informative editorial about a state-level problem that prevents high schools from providing full support for career pathways in some areas. This opinion was thoroughly researched and edited well for clarity, making for an enjoyable and enlightening read.

 

Third Place

Kathryn Gallenstein

George Rogers Clark High School

A light-hearted editorial on school spirit that does a good job of placing the issue in the appropriate local context so it’s meaningful to readers.

 

  1. Review

First place

Melissa Scianimanico

dupont Manual High School

I was very impressed with the mature writing of this review. Not only do I now look forward to visiting the Seafood Lady, I’m quite convinced I now know what to expect. Your writing gives readers a feel for the restaurant’s ambiance as well as the menu. Very visual, very clear first place entry!

 

Second place

Maddie Mann

George Rogers Clark High School

I have no idea what you are writing about! While I’m not a viewer of The Walking Dead, I hear a lot about it, so when I picked up your review I knew that you were right on target with your analysis. Your writing allows readers who are non-viewers to get a glimpse of the personalities of the show’s characters.

 

 

Third place

Stephanie Hull

George Rogers Clark High School

Your lede draws readers into your review and your writing keeps them there. Very well written.

 

  1. Sports Writing

First place

Will Kuhn, Jordan Gould and Will Lake

duPont Manual High School

Well researched and reported. Good job bringing it back locally by finding students that had issues with fantasy sports and then tying it in with expert opinion. A well done piece.

 

Second place

Tristan Rice

Oldham County High School

A nice feature on a sport and participant that are not as well covered. Good job getting into her background that led her to wrestling, but I would like to have seen more about her time on the mat. What was it like for her to wrestle boys? What was it like for the boys she wrestled? Try to get a little deeper in the story.

 

Third Place

Celine Hummer

Oldham County High School

Nice work telling the story of two brothers competing together. Their story is fun and impressive. Some details are missing – What weight class did they compete in? They must be different if they’re both winning titles. If they’re twins, how hard was it to end up in different weight classes? A glaring error (Venus sisters? Make sure you research and edit) possibly kept it from placing better.

 

  1. Photography

First place

Laura Graves

George Rogers Clark High School

This one jumped to the top of group pretty quickly. It’s a nice action moment in itself, but capturing the reactions of the golfer’s teammates was such a nice touch. Action makes good photos and reaction can make great photos, put them together and you’ve got gold.

 

Second place

Dustin Summers

George Rogers Clark High School

Just a nice, clean, well-composed image from a JROTC ceremony. I found the balance in this photo intriguing.

 

Third place

Sydni Marstella

George Rogers Clark High School

It can be too easy sometimes to get a photo from a welding class and not get the sparks. This image shows patience to me – rather than just getting a student holding the welder, you got the real action and what will draw most readers: the sparks!

 

  1. Advertising

First place

Shelby Gilkerson

George Rogers Clark High School

The slogan “There is hope because there is help” is very eye-catching.

 

Second place

Lauren Palmer

George Rogers Clark High School

Attractive ad, eye-catching.

 

Third place

Tommy Bankes

George Rogers Clark High School

Ad for country ham and the best sandwiches in town stoked my appetite.

 

  1. Column

First place

Ally Hicks

Oldham County High School

This was a difficult category to judge because there were so many excellent entries. Ally’s column was not only interesting and well written, it reminded me of myself when I was her age. She connected well with the reader and her grammar was spot on. Good job!

 

Second place

Kaitlyn VanWhy

Boone County High School

Kaitlyn, I hate pumpkin spice but your column made me laugh. You did an excellent job speaking your mind and encouraging others not to be ashamed of the things they like. The column was well written and grammar was excellent.

 

Third place

Sam Huddleston

Boone County High School

Another great entry from Boone County High. Sam, it was difficult to choose between 2nd and 3rd place. You tackled a slippery “Star Wars” debate and the column was thoroughly enjoyable.

 

  1. Editorial Cartoon

First place

Derek Scott

George Rogers Clark High School

Very pertinent and local editorial cartoon that corresponds to the local editorial. Nice job making the connection and well drawn.

 

Second place

Derek Scott

George Rogers Clark High School

Again, well-drawn piece of art depicting a very sad school mascot over lack of school spirit. Nice.

 

Third place

Luke Huddleston

Boone County High School

Nice take on current event reflecting the pickle the government found itself in when asking Apple to unlock the San Bernardino terrorists’ phone.

 

  1. Single Page Layout

First place

Mary Davis

Oldham County High School

Diversity is everywhere in today’s everyday society. Great job in embracing it.

 

Second place

Mary Davis

Oldham County High School

The world abounds with many colors. I commend you for taking a stand.

 

Third place

Maddie Weiland

Oldham County High School

You captured the essence of a sensitive topic.

 

  1. Page One Design

First place

Ella Mays

duPont Manual High School

Instant attention-grabber with the unusual art, which makes you take a second look. Then you notice the clean fonts, elegant typography and color balance. Excellent job!

 

Second place

Ally Hicks

Oldham County High School

Good use of typography makes this a standout – perhaps consider more pops of color, especially on the pullout below.

 

Third place

Chelsea Morgan

South Oldham High School

Clean layout, nice use of type.

 

  1. Two-Page Layout

First place

Ella Mays

duPont Manual High School

Sometimes less is more. Good choice of fonts, on dominant image and above all, original art from a staff photographer. Nice bold headline with new spin on Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Well done.

 

Second place

Ann Weber

Oldham County High School

Simplistic, spring design. Design reflects positivity of piece. Loved the cutouts of encouragement.

 

Third place

Spencer Stead

Oldham County High School

Although not credited, I assume the art is from the writer’s own iPhone 7 to showcase its capabilities. That should be included in design. Never leave it to the audience to read to clarify who took photos. Reverse works for this page.

 

  1. Overall Design

First place

duPont Manual High School

Wow! Can’t say enough good things about this publication. Incredible design, engaging photos and strong writing. The clear winner.

 

Second place

Oldham County High School

Beautiful publication. Lots of design elements – at times maybe too much. Some pages were crowded and overly busy. Work on editing all those good design ideas.

 

Third place

Boone County High School and George Rogers Clark High School (tie)
For Boone County — liked your traditional approach to layout mixed with a few more fun and playful pages. An area of improvement would be to incorporate both vertical and horizontal elements on your pages. For George Rogers Clark – your page size limits your design options. However, you do a good job of making your pages look varied and interesting, although some pages get a little too busy.

 

 

  1. Illustrations and Graphics bn

First place

Sam Weible

duPont Manual High School

Nice infographic topic and elegant design lifted this above and beyond. Good use of color and standard graphic elements to make a great-looking page.

 

Second place

Derek Scott

George Rogers Clark High School

Timely and adorable original illustration of everyone’s favorite Princess, Leia. Nice work!

 

Third place

Nora Smith

Oldham County High School

Excellent work with filters to create color pops in the elements, and a clean hand on the edges made this a winner.

  1. Best student online publication

First place

duPont Manual High School

This is a high school online publication? It’s very professional in every way and quite impressive. A nice array of coverage – stories, both news and sports, photos, columns and editorials — regarding nearly every aspect of life among the school’s students.

 

Second place

George Rogers Clark High School

Also a top-notch high school online pub. Very impressive. I enjoyed reading a number of entries and looking over your pages. Very professional in scope.

 

Third place

No award given