Four student publications staffers place in KSPA’s state digital contest

Story by Susana Canales, Reporter

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Sophomore Dain Reiling-Gutierrez attended the Kansas Scholastic Press Association (KSPA) State Contest in Editorial Cartoon(ing).

“Qualifying for state, I was shocked mostly,” Reiling-Gutierrez said. “I’ve never really competed in any visual art aspect at all, I was thrilled to even hear that I finished in second to go to state.”

Senior Grace Palmer submitted her work digitally. At regionals, she placed first in yearbook layout and received an honorable mention in advertising.

“It was my last competition of senior year I was happy that I qualified in both of my categories,” Palmer said. “It felt like a great way end my high school journalism career.”

Palmer ended up receiving an honorable mention for yearbook layout at state.

Some other people who submitted their work digitally were juniors Kamryn Kelley, Nicole Konopelko and senior Maddy Emerson.

Emerson received first place in academics photography, Kelley received an honorable mention in academics photography and Konopelko received an honorable mention in Multimedia Storytelling.

“It was my first KSPA contest, so I was happy that I had placed at regionals and was just excited to go to state,” Kelley said “I was surprised I got honorable mention at state.”

Emerson ended up receiving an honorable mention for sports photography as well.

Though they did not place, eight others also submitted their work digitally.

PHS ended up tying for fourth in the 5A state contest.



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