Fifteen ECHO staffers and journalism students Sponsors of School Publications Spring Conference at Webster University, where staffers received nine individual awards including one best of show.
ECHO received an excellent rating for newspaper overall (senior Aerin Johnson is editor) and an excellent rating for the ECHO’s Online presence (senior Phoebe Mussman is editor).
Individually, junior Irene Ryan won best of show in commentary for her op-ed piece “Nobel Prize winner brings attention to apathy towards women’s studies, feminisim.”
Superior ratings were earned by Johnson for her news photo of the high school’s Ferguson protest and by sophomore Andy Kimball for his commentary about credit for after school activities.
Three students earned excellent ratings. These were junior Jack Killeen for his news feature “Community dedicates game to cancer victim,” senior Alex Ring for his news feature “Heroin use spreads to suburbs” and sophomore Bennett Durando for his commentary “Soccer team immortalizes itself in WGHS history.”
Two honorable mentions were awarded to Johnson for two other news photos of Ferguson protestors and one honorable mention was awarded to senior Cal Lanouette for his sports story “Athletes share superstitions, rituals.”
Also Durando won on of the T-shirts being given as door prizes.
The keynote speaker was photographer David Carson of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, who told about his experiences covering the events in Ferguson.
Over 600 students from 25 schools participated in the conference.