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2016 NFPW National High School Communications Contest

First-place Award Winning Entries

Category 1: Editorial — "Remembering 9/11" by Justice Bennett and Ben Yankelitis, Editors-in-Chief, The Friar’s Lantern; Malvern Preparatory School – Malvern, Pennsylvania

Category 2: Opinion — "Dear Me: A Letter to My Past Self" by Nicole Saner, Staff Writer, Craze Magazine; Westside High School  –  Omaha, NE

Category 3: News Story — "The Aftermath: Robbery at smoothie shop affects employees, business" by Libby Seline, Managing Editor, Craze Magazine; Westside High School —
Omaha, NE

Category 4: Feature Story — "A Light of Exposure" by Justice Bennett, Editor-in-Chief, The Blackfriar Chronicle; Malvern Preparatory School  –  Malvern, PA

Category 5: Sports Story — "Setting the Tempo" by Aly Thomas, Managing Editor, Spark News Magazine; Lakota East High School  –  Liberty Township, OH

Category 6: Columns or Blogs (two work samples required) — Column: Taking the Lede 1) "Teens need to take notice: Relevant news takes the backseat to celebrity gossip" and 2) "Improper use of mobility aids degrading, offensive: Photoshoot improperly uses assistive devices." by Liana Lum, Editor-in-Chief, The Broadview; Convent of the Sacred Heart  – San Francisco, CA 

Category 7: News or Feature Photo — "An Athlete's Journey to the International Spotlight." Winning photo on the first of three pages by William Dougall, Photographer, Verde; Palo Alto High School  –  Palo Alto, CA

Category 8: Sports Photo — "Fighting for Possession" by Karla Estrada, Photographer, Panther Prints; Duncanville High School  –  Duncanville, TX

Category 9: Cartooning — "PDA (Please Desist Affection)" by Angie Stein, Opinion Editor, The Stinger; Emmaus High School  –  Emmaus, PA

Category 10: Review — "Wife Unwraps Husband's Horrifying Secret in 'The Gift'" by Macey Moghadam, Staff Writer, Haas Hall Herald; Haas Hall Academy  –  Fayetteville, AR

Category 11: Graphics/Photo Illustration — "Deadpool" by Shiva Vallabhaneni, Sports Editor, HiLite Newsmagazine; Carmel High School  –  Carmel, IN

Category 12: Single-page Layout — "Sports Briefs" by Shiva Vallavhaneni, Sports Editor, HiLite Newsmagazine; Carmel High School  –  Carmel, IN

Category 13: Double-truck Layout — "Innovative Vision:" by Kyle Crawford, 15 Minutes Editor, HiLite Newsmagazine; Carmel High School  –  Carmel, IN

Category 14: Environment — "Autos, bikes battle over the road with environment as grand prize" by James Saitz, Reporter, The Crusader; Archbishop Riordan High School  –  San Francisco, CA

Category 15: Radio Prepared Report (Soft feature/audio postcard) — "Ferguson Commentary" (2:43 minutes) by Mikyhial Clarke, WMPH-FM 91.3 Radio Staffer, GenerationVoice.org, wmph.net; Mount Pleasant High School  –  Wilmington, DE

Look for "WMPH Mikyhial's Ferguson Commentary"; click the forward arrow to hear report.

Read the full text of his piece as an article on Medium

Category 16: Radio/Television Interview or Talk Show — "Refugee stories" by Joelle Dong Heller, Researcher, writer, interviewer, Verde; Palo Alto High School  –  Palo Alto, CA

Category 17: Best Newscast - Radio or Television — "KCBY Show" (17:41 minutes) by Nick Wilson, Kiley Wecker, Marisa Thakady, Alana Rood, Matt Mudrick, Co-producers / Contributors to individual segments, KCBY Television News; Coppell High School  – Coppell, TX

Category 18: Video News Story — "Purrfect Time" (2:09 minutes) by Tyson Clendening, Producer/Editor, Frisco ISD-TV; Frisco ISD Career and Technical Education Center  –  Plano, TX

Category 19: Video Feature Story — "Ellie Furchert: Welder Beats Stereotypes" by Elias Ginsberg, Producer, WTV; Westside High School  –  Omaha, NE

Category 20: Video Sports Story — "Lu's Gracefulness" by Erin Davis, Producer/Editor, Frisco ISD-TV; Frisco ISD Career and Technical Education Center  –  Plano, TX

Category 21: Yearbook Layout — "ALS Ice Bucket Challenge" by Erika Helding, Joie Li, Lauren Colbert, Designers, writers, photographers; Kennice Wroblewski, Erika Arakawa, Section Editors and Design Assistants, Pinnacle; Carmel High School  –  Carmel, Indiana

Category 22: Yearbook Photo — "Swimmer" by Kayla Graves, Photo Editor, Shadow; Noblesville High School  –  Noblesville, IN

Category 23: Yearbook Copywriting — "Senior Turns His Life Around" by John Sanchez, Managing Editor, and Alex Slaid, Page Designer, Bobcat; Cy-Fair High School  –  Cypress, TX