November 25, 2019 / 2019 Fall JEA/NSPA / News

McKinney, Shawnee Mission East place first at D.C. Best of Show

Written by Evan Blackwell, CJE

Thirteen Walsworth Yearbooks schools placed in the Best of Show contest this past weekend at the JEA/NSPA Fall National High School Journalism Convention in Washington, D.C., including two who finished first in their category.

The Lion of McKinney High School in McKinney, Texas, finished first in the Yearbook 289-336 pages category. Walsworth schools took four of the top five spots in that category. After McKinney, Odyssey from University High School in Orange City, Florida, placed second; Arena from Legacy High School in Mansfield, Texas, placed fourth; and Legend from El Dorado High School in El Paso, Texas, placed fifth.

Hauberk from Shawnee Mission East High School in Prairie Village, Kansas, finished first in the Yearbook 337+ pages category. Lair from Shawnee Mission Northwest High School in Shawnee, Kansas, placed third.

In the Yearbook 232 or fewer pages category, Le Flambeau from Notre Dame de Sion High School in Kansas City, Missouri, placed second; while The Pirateer from Platte County High School in Kansas City, Missouri, placed sixth.

In the Yearbook 233-288 pages category, The Teresian from St. Teresa’s Academy in Kansas City, Missouri, finished sixth. The Wildcat from Har-Ber High School in Springdale, Arkansas, placed seventh.

The Round-Up from Woodland Junior High School in Fayetteville, Arkansas, placed third in the Junior High/Middle School Yearbook category; while the Oro from Cactus Canyon Junior High School in Apache Junction, Arizona, finished seventh.

The Best of Show competition is held at every national convention and recognizes overall excellence among the attendees and entries.

To view the full list of Best of Show winners from the Washington, D.C., convention, visit the NSPA website.


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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.