Photo by: Landry Raymond

November 23, 2020 / News / Photography

McKinney’s Raymond wins NSPA Photo of the Year in Sports Action

Written by Evan Blackwell, CJE

Landry Raymond’s candid image of two soccer players going after the ball won first place for McKinney High School in the Sports Action category of the National Scholastic Press Association’s (NSPA) Photo of the Year Contest when results were announced this past weekend at the virtual Fall National High School Journalism Convention.

Raymond’s top prize was one of four finalists for The Lion staff from McKinney in McKinney, Texas, to place in NSPA’s Photo of the Year. McKinney’s Marian Ramirez was named Honorable Mention in Sports Action. Entries from Elizabeth Chan finished third in Feature Photo and Honorable Mention in Sports Feature Photo.

Elsewhere for Walsworth Yearbooks schools: Nick Styers from the Lair staff of Shawnee Mission Northwest High School in Shawnee, Kansas, placed third in Environmental Portrait; while Seth Miller from Legacy High School in Mansfield, Texas, was named Honorable Mention in Feature Photo.

McKinney, SM East writers earn Honorable Mention

Both Elizabeth Long from Shawnee Mission East High School and Jailyn Serrano from McKinney High School were named Honorable Mention in the Feature Story category of NSPA’s 2020 Story of the Year Contest.

Long, of the Hauberk yearbook staff, wrote a profile of an East student battling cancer. Serrano, of The Lion yearbook staff, wrote a profile of teacher Robert Mierow overcoming a traumatic leg injury.


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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.