April 12, 2021 / News

Nine Walsworth schools place in JEA/NSPA Best of Show; Cactus Canyon takes first

Written by Evan Blackwell, CJE

Nine Walsworth Yearbooks schools placed in the Best of Show contest at the virtual Spring JEA/NSPA Spring National High School Journalism Convention held this past weekend. The convention was held virtually due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, but NSPA still allowed entries into the Best of Show and announced the winners on Saturday.

One Walsworth Yearbooks school placed first in its category. Oro from Cactus Canyon Junior High School in Apache Junction, Arizona, took the top prize in the Junior High/Middle School Yearbook category; while The Round-up from Woodland Junior High finished second.

Three yearbooks printed by Walsworth placed in the top five for the largest Yearbook category, for books pages 321-512 pages. Those included The Lion from McKinney High School in McKinney, Texas (3rd); Panther from H.B. Plant High School in Tampa, Florida (4th) and Hauberk (5th) from Shawnee Mission East High School in Prairie Village, Kansas.

Three Walsworth Yearbooks schools also were named in the top 10 for Yearbooks (264-320 pages). They included: Indian from Shawnee Mission North High School in Overland Park, Kansas (2nd), Arena from Legacy High School in Mansfield, Texas (3rd) and The Wildcat (10th) from Har-Ber High School in Springdale, Arkansas.

Le Flambeau from Notre Dame de Sion High School in Kansas City, Missouri, placed 4th in the Yearbook (164-263 pages) category.

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

To see the complete list of winners, visit the NSPA website.

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Evan Blackwell, CJE

Evan Blackwell, CJE, is a Marketing Automation Specialist for Walsworth. He's been a writer, editor and web content specialist for Walsworth Yearbooks 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.