Newspaper, yearbook staffs win 49 awards at state convention

Jack Schoelz

Seniors Sami Pathan (left) and Jack Schoelz (right) walk on the University of Missouri campus at the Missouri Interscholastic Press Association’s J-Day. Photo by Muhammad Al-Rawi.
The ROCK newspaper staff and Flashback yearbook staff attended the Missouri Interscholastic Press Association’s J-Day on the University of Missouri-Columbia campus on Wednesday, April 4. During the awards ceremony, the staffs claimed a combined total of 46 individual awards and three overall publication awards. Flashback Yearbook and Bearing News both received All-Missouri, the highest possible distinction, in the categories of Overall Yearbook and News Site, respectively. The ROCK received the second-highest rating, Superior, although no schools received an All-Missouri rating in the overall newspaper category.
Tony Balandran, who judged entries in the categories of newspaper art and writing, said he was impressed with The ROCK’s performance.
“The entries from RBHS were all a pleasure to read. Your school collected the most ‘show-me’ winners among the 22 school entries I judged in this category,” Balandran said in a note to the publications advisor, Robin Stover. “Bravo to all involved.”
Juniors Lauren Puckett and Drew Rodgers placed in on-site competitions. Rodgers took second in the editorial cartooning competition while Puckett placed third in review writing.
These are only the latest awards recognizing the RBHS journalism department. Local radio station 101.5 KPLA recently named Stover as a nominee for its “Apples for Teachers” award, and the National Scholastic Press Association named both Flashback Yearbook and Bearing News as Pacemaker finalists, putting them among the top high school publications in the country.
Of the 44 individual awards, judges distinguished 19 as “Show-Me” award winners, the highest possible rating for an individual entry.
The following list includes the names, awards and categories for the 44 individual awards:

Thomas Jamieson-Lucy Superior Sports writing
Muhammad Al-Rawi Show-Me Photo illustration
Shivangi Singh Show-Me Editorial
Sami Pathan Superior News story
Avantika Khatri Superior News story
Jack Schoelz Show-Me Feature story
Shivangi Singh Show-Me Editorial
Jude El-Buri Superior Feature story
Maria Kalaitzandonakes Show-Me Diversity awareness
Avantika Khatri Show-Me Diversity awareness
Mahogany Thomas Show-Me Diversity awareness
Mahogany Thomas Show-Me Diversity awareness
Mahogany Thomas Show-Me Diversity awareness
Nomin Jagdagdorj Superior Diversity awareness
Adam Schoelz Superior Diversity awareness
Daphne Yu Superior Diversity awareness
Joanne Lee Superior Cartoon/art/infographic
Theresa Whang Show-Me Cartoon/art/infographic
Kelly Brucks Show-Me Cartoon/art/infographic
Nomin Jagdagdorj Superior Center spread page design
Theresa Whang Superior Center spread page design
Nomin Jagdagdorj Show-Me In-depth article/series
Kaitlyn Marsh Show-Me In-depth article/series
Avantika Khatri Show-Me In-depth article/series
Marissa Soumokil Superior Sports action
Grant Wright Superior Academic design
Abbie Drown Show-Me Academic design
Rena Rong Show-Me Academic design
Chris Roberts Excellent Best overall coverage
Devin Carney Excellent Best overall coverage
Parker Sutherland Excellent Best overall coverage
Theresa Whang Excellent Best overall coverage
Katie O’Connor Excellent Best overall coverage
Stazi Prost Excellent Best overall coverage
Shawn Crouch Excellent Best overall coverage
Chris Roberts Excellent Best overall coverage
Jessica Jost Show-Me Sports reporting
Sammi Bell Superior Sports reporting
Devin Carney Excellent Portraits page design
Shawn Crouch Excellent Portraits page design
Drew Rodgers Show-Me Organizations reporting
Kira Lubahn Show-Me Organizations design
Katrina Fox Superior Academic photo

By Jack Schoelz