- 2019 NSPA Writer of the Year
The National Scholastic Press Association announced its 2019 national award winners in a variety of categories at the November convention in Washington, D.C. In October, I was selected as one of 10 finalists for Writer of the Year. In November, NSPA named me as the national first-place Writer of the Year within the Portfolio of the Year category. You can view my full portfolio here.
- 2019 NSPA Social Justice Reporting – Fifth Place
My piece In the Minority co-written with Jessica Moonjely, received fifth place in the National Scholastic Press Association’s Social Justice Reporting category.
- 2019 IHSPA Writer of the Year
Each year, the Iowa High School Press Association chooses one student each for the Writer, Designer, Hawkeye Photographer, and Videographer of the Year awards. I was selected as the 2019 Writer of the Year based on five submitted pieces.
- 2019 IHSPA Spring Contests
- First place In-Depth News
- First place Feature Story
- First place Multimedia News Story
- Third place In-Depth News
These awards are presented by the Iowa High School Press Association recognizing high school journalism in numerous categories. See the full list of West Side Story awards here.
- 2019 International Quill and Scroll award winner
- In-Depth Reporting: Individual honorable mention
- In-Depth Reporting: Team honorable mention
- Editorial Writing honorable mention
- 2019 Iowa Journalist of the Year Runner-Up
This portfolio served as my entry for the JEA Journalist of the Year state contest. I received second place out of seven submitted portfolios.
- 2018 Al Neuharth and Free Spirit Conference – Iowa Representative
Each year, 51 students from around the nation (one student from every state + the District of Columbia) are selected to attend an all-expenses-paid conference in Washington, D.C. and receive a $1,000 scholarship. I represented the state of Iowa.
- 2018 IHSPA Emerging Journalist
- 2018 NSPA Honor Roll
Students are honored for maintaining a minimum of a 3.5 cumulative GPA on a four-point scale and serving on their newspaper staff for at least two years.
- 2018 Quill and Scroll International Honors Society
Students are recommended by their journalism supervisors for their superior work in journalism.
- 2018 IHSPA Spring Contests
- First Place In-Depth News
- Honorable Mention Feature Story
- Honorable Mention Multimedia Story – News
These awards are presented by the Iowa High School Press Association recognizing high school journalism in numerous categories.
- 2018-19: Six time “Best of SNO” recipient
Articles from school newspaper using “SNO” based sites are selected and published on the “Best of SNO” website for being excellent pieces of writing.
- 2017 IHSPA Conference On-The-Spot Photo Contest – 1st place
- 2016 NSPA Conference Commentary write-off contest – Honorable mention