October 1, 2010 / News & Notes

NSPA names five 2010 Pioneer winners

Written by Idea File Staff

Kansas City, Mo. (Oct. 1, 2010) – The National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA) announced that five individuals have been selected to receive a 2010 Pioneer Award, NSPA’s top individual honor.

Each year, NSPA awards the Pioneers to people who have made a significant contribution to scholastic journalism beyond their regular job requirements. This year’s winners include:

  • Linda Barrington, journalism instructor and adviser at Mount Mary College in Milwaukee, Wis., has been active as the co-chair of the Journalism Education Association’s mentoring program.
  • Linda Drake, adviser at Chase County High School in Cottonwood Falls, Kan., has been with the school for more than 37 years. She has twice been president of Kansas Scholastic Press Association and was the 2008 JEA National Yearbook Adviser of the Year.
  • Diana Hadley, the executive director of the Indiana High School Press Association, has taught journalism for 33 years at Mooresville High School, and has advised the newspaper, yearbook and broadcast.
  • Aaron Manfull advises converged student media at Francis Howell North High School in St. Charles, Mo., which includes the newsmagazine, yearbook, podcast and website. He is the chair of JEA’s Digital Media Committee.
  • Martha Rothwell retired from teaching journalism and advising at North Iredell High School in Statesville, N.C., in 2007, but she continues to serve journalism educators as a JEA mentor. Rothwell is a past president of North Carolina Scholastic Media Association.

The five winners will receive their awards at the upcoming JEA/NSPA Fall National High School Journalism Convention in Kansas City, Nov. 11-14, and will be honored during the Adviser Luncheon on Nov. 13.

NSPA maintains a composite plaque of Pioneers and displays it at the JEA/NSPA national conventions. Candidates are nominated and selected by previous Pioneer Award winners.

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