In addition to the keynote speech by Brian McGill, Wall Street Journal multimedia editor for politics and policy, students attended breakout sessions.
The conference’s final activity was the awards ceremony, where ECHO staffers earned 36 awards.
ECHO staffers earned an All-Missouri (the highest rating) for its Online Overall, a Superior rating for its podcast Voices of Webster and an Excellent rating for Newspaper/News Magazine Overall.
Individually, All-Missouri ratings were earned by junior Elise Keller and senior Rosa Parks for their Online Feature Package “October brings tales of strange occurrences,” junior Ethan Weihl for his Online Feature Package “Jenna Michalski runs, raises money for victims of sex trafficking,” sophomore Maeve Taylor and junior Lindsey Bennett for their Online Feature Package “Innovative teaching styles create new opportunities for learning inside, outside of classroom,” Taylor and Bennett for their Radio/Podcast News Package “Teachers share parts one-four,” senior Sean Mullins for his Online Blog “Electric Retrospection,” senior Trinity Madison for her Radio/Podcasts News Packages “ADD,” “Religious Diversity–Holidays” and “Religious Diversity-Islam,” and fresman Zeke La Mantia for his Student Life/Organization Photos “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” and “Musical makeup artist tests designs.”
MIPA’s Superior ratings were earned by sophomore Elise Wilke-Grimm and La Mantia for their Online Feature Package “Drama to present ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,'” senior Ellie Marshall’s Online Op-Ed Package “Ellie’s Expression: Field trip opens students’ eyes” and her Opinion/Editoral/Review “Toxic Masculinity Affects Men’s Mental Health,” and Bennett and Madison for their Online Feature Package “Mr. Webster pageant winner’s talent shows fashion aspirations.”
Students earning MIPA’s Excellent ratings were senior Cole Schnell for his News Magazine Page Design “Recent climate report predicts environmental crisis,” junior Colin Shue for his Opinion/Editorial/Review “‘BlackKklansman’ tells modern world story through 70s lens,” Marshall for her Sports Reaction Photo “Players celebrate the first goal scored in the State semifinals,” junior Emily Stisser for her Sports Story “Softball head coach emphasizes community,” senior Greg Frazier for his Sports Action Photo “Senior Lauren Hollandsworth…,” sophomore Jaden Fields for her Sports Action Photo “Senior Dallas King..,” senior Josie Krueger for her Opinion/Editorial/Review “Recent Climate Report Predicts Environmental Crisis” and Parks for her Opinion/Editorial/Review “Transgender Community Needs Equal Rights.”
MIPA awarded the Honorable Mention ratings to Schnell for his Academic Photo “Best Buddies” and his Opinion/Editorial/Review “Unsolicited sexual photos are sexual harassment,” Shue for his Student Life/Organization Photo “Statesbots Team,” Marshall for her Sports Action Photo “November cover,” senior Ethan Ryan for his Sports Action Photo “Junior Jerqon Conners pushes the ball,” Weihl for his Radio/Podcast News Package “Senior runs race,” Frazier for his Sports News Story “Head coach improves team chemistry,” Fields for her Sports Action Photos “Senior Dallas King tries to capture the ball” and “Senior Stevie Wright and Malachy Simpson defend,” Bennett for her Sports Action Photo “Junior Elise Keller enters play to run,” Taylor for her Radio/Podcast “Voices of Webster” and Madison for her Online Feature Package “Alumni Reminisce on Past.”
Also six Echo seniors earned spots on National Scholastic Press Association’s Honor Roll of Student Journalists. These were Krueger, Marshall, Mullins, Parks, Schnell and Evelyn Trampe.
To be on the NSPA Honor Roll, students must have served on the publications staff for two or more years and earned a 3.5 or higher grade point average.