PSPA President Paul Fantaski expressed his appreciation for several aspects about the event.
“It just amazes me how institutions like IUP and the Indiana Gazette truly advocate and super-support journalism in Pennsylvania schools. On behalf of PSPA, I simply must thank Hastie Kinter and Eric Eberling from the Indiana Gazette, as well as Stan Mukasa and Michele Papakie from Indiana University of Pennsylvania for their willingness to host a SJC Regional on October 19. Most importantly, 12 student journalists from outstanding southwestern PA schools will advance to the State Championships.”
Contests involved literary design, photography, copywriting, sports-writing, editorial cartoon, broadcast media, and poetry talents. Only the top-scoring competitor in each Regional contest category qualified to attend the State Finals.
PSPA proudly announces the following students as 2018-19 State Finalists:
- Cassie Shoupe - Yearbook Caption Writing - Kiski Area HS
- Celia Chickerella - Yearbook Sports Writing - Kiski Area HS
- Kelly Hollinger - Yearbook Spread Design - Kiski Area HS
- Emily McWilliams - Yearbook Spread Design - Kiski Area HS
- Debra Spaid - Newspaper News Writing - Purchase Line Area HS
- Hannah Steele - Newspaper Feature Story - Indiana Area HS
- Brice Hockoluck - Editorial Cartoon - Kiski Area HS
- India Krug - Editorial Writing - Indiana Area HS
- Heath Boylstein - Literary Magazine Poetry - Kiski Area HS
- Kierra Schreffler - Literary Magazine Stand-Alone Artwork - Kiski Area HS
- Libby Scutt - Yearbook Photography - Kiski Area HS
- Martina Webb - Yearbook Photography - Kiski Area HS