November 19, 2020 / Copywriting / News

Shawnee Mission East, McKinney writers named Finalists in NSPA’s 2020 Story of the Year Contest

Written by Evan Blackwell, CJE

Yearbook staffers from Walsworth Yearbooks schools McKinney High School in McKinney, Texas, and Shawnee Mission East High School in Prairie Village, Kansas, were named Finalists by the National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA) in its 2020 Story of the Year Contest earlier this month.  

Elizabeth Long of the Hauberk staff from Shawnee Mission East was named a finalist in the Feature Story category for her profile of an East student battling cancer.

Jailyn Serrano of The Lion staff from McKinney was named a finalist in the Feature Story category for a profile of teacher Robert Mierow, the sponsor of a McKinney cheer group who sustained a traumatic leg injury at a football game.

NSPA’s annual Story of the Year contest typically draws hundreds of entries across its five categories, before narrowing down to 10 Finalists in each category. All of the Finalists can be found here on the NSPA website.

Winners in each category will be announced at this weekend’s virtual JEA/NSPA Fall National High School Journalism Convention. The awards ceremony will take place on Saturday, Nov. 21 at 1 p.m., Central time.

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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.