Echo publications and yearbook students attended the MIPA-MJEA J-Day at Mizzou on March 30.
The keynote speaker was Major Garrett, chief Washington correspondent for CBS. Afterwards breakout sessions featuring professional journalists on topics including broadcast, layout, writing and photography were available for the students.
In the afternoon, MIPA-MJEA recognized its All State team, On Site contest winners and the Spring Contests winners.
Echo Yearbook and WG Echo’s online platform earned overall superior ratings.
The Echo newspaper, the Echo News Roundup and Voices of Webster earned overall excellent ratings.
Senior Jackson Parks earned Best of Show for his Online Op-Ed Package “English teacher unfairly suspended.”
All Missouri ratings were earned by senior Emily Goben for online feature package “School resource officer takes detective position” and news writing “Anonymous donor makes Little Theater usable again,” juniors Owen Crews and Layla Johnson for sports writing “Webster takes Turkey Day field with interim head coach,” senior Claire Vogl for sports photography “Here to Splash,” senior Bridget Moehlman for sports photography “Here to Rock,” senor J.J. Peel for Sports Feature/Reaction Photography “Here to Putt,” and junior Maren DeMargel for radio/podcast newscast/news feature “Students share opinions about holiday music.”
Superior ratings were earned by senior Max Biundo and senior Ella Mahacek for yearbook specialty design “Fashion Trends Spread,” senior Ava Musgraves and Parks for newspaper/news magazine double truck/centerspread design “Academic burnout plagues student,” senior Roy Smith for sports feature/reaction photography “Here to Hype,” senior Matthew Grace for student life/organization photography “Kirkwood Cheerleaders parody at community pep rally,” senior Gigi Tetley for student life/organization photography “Here to Excite,” Parks and junior Lydia Urice for radio/podcast newscast/news feature “Former football coach resigns to focus on family,” freshman Ali Schulz and junior Eleanor Kanerva for radio/podcast newscast “Churches bring attention to Black Lives Matters,” Biundo and senior Macie Savala for yearbook design “Girls Volleyball Spread,” and senior Emma Forsee and senior Anna Barr for yearbook overall theme/concept “Cover, Openings and Divider.”
Excellent ratings were earned by senior Zeke La Mantia for news feature “LGBT+ discuss community at WGHS,” Parks and Musgraves for online feature package “Students demonstrate for dress code changes,” junior Izzy Poole for news photo “Rally held at Planned Parenthood,” Musgraves for sports photography “Senior Varsity cheerleader Victoria Proffer practices stunt” and sports feature/reaction photo “Turkey Day water break,” senior JJ Peel and Biundo for yearbook traditional package–sports “Girls Golf/Dance Spreads,” and Vogl and Parks for yearbook writing “Field Hockey Spread.”
Honorable mentions were earned by Kanerva and Schulz for broadcast news feature “Churches bring attention to Black Lives Matters,” La Mantia and Musgraves for social media reporting, La Mantia for sports feature/reaction photography “Freshman quarterback waits” and news photo “Teens celebrate belated Pride festival,” Urice for news photo “St Louis Gateway Balloon Festival returns Labor Day weekend,” Musgraves for student life/organization photography “Cheer captains share anticipation for Turkey Day” and sports photography “Senior Joel Lazarow snaps the ball,” Moehlman for student life/organization photography “Here to give” and sports feature/reaction photography “Here to Dance,” Parks for student life/organization photo “Volleyball team takes a selfie,” Grace for student life/organization photography “DECA’s Night in the Courtyard features games, music,” Poole for radio/podcast newscast/newsfeature “Students talk about fall fashions” and student life/organization photography “Thespians teach survival skills,” and DeMargel for radio/podcast newscast/news features “Junior class sweeps Spirit Week decoration contest” and “Science teacher talks about student stress.”
Also Parks, Forsee, Goben and Urice are on the MIPA-MJEA Honor Roll.