October 23, 2019 / News

Five Walsworth Yearbooks middle schools named Finalists in annual NSPA contests

Written by Evan Blackwell, CJE

Yearbook staffers from five Walsworth Yearbooks middle schools were among those students announced as Finalists on Tuesday when the National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA) revealed the Finalists in its 2019 middle school contests.

In the middle school Photo of the Year contest, five of the 10 finalists were from Walsworth schools. They included: Kylie Mollner and Brighton Smith from The Round-Up at Woodland Junior High School in Fayetteville, Arkansas; Alize Cardot from Stingray Tales at New Smyrna Beach Middle School in Edgewater, Florida; Fiona Gildersleeve from Eagle Rock Middle School in Idaho Falls, Idaho; and Arjun Gupta from Creekside Middle School in Carmel, Indiana.

Mia Kieklak from Woodland’s The Round-Up staff was named a Finalist in the Design of the Year contest, while Ellie Gilbert and Ava Osborne were each named Finalists for their entries in the Story of the Year contest.

Cactus Canyon Junior High School in Apache Junction, Arizona, a new Walsworth Yearbooks school for 2020, also saw some of its staffers named Finalists. Dia Granillo, Amber Henderson and Emily Sosa were honored in Story of the Year; and Sosa was also named Finalist in Design of the Year.

All of the middle school Photo of the Year, Design of the Year and Story of the Year Finalists can be seen at the NSPA website.

Winners in each category will be announced at the JEA/NSPA Fall National High School Journalism Convention, Nov. 21-24, in Washington, D.C.

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Evan Blackwell, CJE

Evan Blackwell, CJE, is the Marketing Automation Supervisor for Walsworth. He's been a writer, editor and web content specialist for Walsworth for the past 15+ years, and is the author of the Yearbook Suite's "The Art of the Interview" unit. Prior to joining Walsworth, Blackwell spent five years as an award-winning newspaper and magazine journalist. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Kansas.