The Missouri Interscholastic Press Association gave the ECHO an All-Missouri rating (its highest) for its print version overall, of which senior Aerin Johnson is editor-in-chief, and for its Online version, of which senior Phoebe Mussman is editor.
Also individually ECHO staffers earned two All-Missouri ratings, five superior ratings, eight excellent ratings and 15 honorable mentions.
MIPA announced state awards at its J-Day at Mizzou on April 8. The event, which was expected to have about 1,000 attendees, featured Greg Miller as its keynote speaker. He is the front man for the website “Kinda Funny.”
All-Missouri ratings went to junior Jack Killeen for his feature story “Community Dedicates Game To Cancer Victim” and senior Bret Waelterman for his Online breaking news story “Update: School locks down 5th-6th periods.”
Superior ratings went to Mussman for her feature story “Manwarring Battles Two Cancers, Keeps Coaching,” senior Cal Lanouette for his sports story “Athletic trainers share injury stories,” Killeen for his Online feature “Community Dedicates Game To Cancer Victim,” senior Willie Zempel for his Online feature “AP classes challenge, prepare students” and sophomore Bennett Durando for his Online sports story “Bennett from the Bleachers: Pioneers shut down Statesmen.”
Excellent ratings went to Johnson for Diversity Awareness with her story “Ferguson Protests Come To Webster University,” Durando for Diversity Awareness with his story “Students Walk Out; School Cancelled In Aftermath Of Ferguson,” Johnson for Diversity Awareness for her photo “Protest in Courtyard,” Waelterman for his feature story “Rappers ‘Spit Bars’ To Express Themselves,” Mussman for her Online feature “Manwarring battles cancer, keeps coaching,” sophomore Andy Kimball for his Online sports story “Football star to take talents to Mizzou,” senior Alex Ring for his personality/portrait of Ellie Pruneau, and Waelterman for his sports action photo of softball.
Diversity awareness honorable mentions went to Johnson for her story “Staff Finds Ways To Move Past Ferguson” and her photo for the December cover, Kimball for his story “Let Legal System Operate in Ferguson” and sophomore Irene Ryan for her stories “Ferguson Rebuilds After Tragedy” and “Nobel Winner Bring Attention to Apathy towards Women’s Studies, Feminism.”
Ryan received honorable mentions for both print and Online versions of her news story “McCaskill proposes bi-partisan anti-rape bill.”
Waelterman received honorable mentions for his Online breaking news “Storm postpones football game one day,” his sports photos “Football Catch” and “Stuart Hollansworth” and his news photo “Zombie Attack.”
Ring received honorable mentions for his Online feature story “WGHS jazz musicians take talents to main stage” and his photo illustration “Jack Killeen fights zombies.”
Killeen received an honorable mention for his sports feature photo for the September cover, and Zempel received an honorable mention for his feature story “AP Classes Challenge, Prepare Students.”