At each of the annual regional SJCs through Pennsylvania, experienced judges evaluate students’ journalistic work produced for on-site and carry-in contests in newspaper, yearbook, literary magazine, and broadcast categories. PSPA invites finalists in each category to attend the state finals at Penn State’s University Park campus on March 25, 2020.
Each SJC also involves educational workshops for student participants. This year’s theme was “Integrity: Media in its best form.” Erie photographer and PSU Behrend Lecturer Rob Frank discussed thinking outside the box in photojournalism in the morning keynote session. Students and teachers also attended a panel discussion with college journalists from the Behrend Beacon, PSB-TV, Wintergreen Media Productions, and BVZ Radio, moderated by PSB Lecturer Karrie Bowen.
“Our competition keeps growing each year,” contest organizer and PSPA Board Member Stacey Hetrick said. “We are thankful to Penn State Behrend for providing top-level speakers as well as a beautiful space for our regional competition for the past five years.”
PSPA congratulates the 17 finalists listed below who will move forward to the state competition at Penn State University Park in March.
- Broadcast Carry-In News Package – Kira Smith, McDowell High School
- Broadcast Carry-In Feature Package (Tie) – Sam Shelenberger, Saegertown High School; Justin Wesmiller, Zack Yeager, and Meghan Longo, McDowell High School
- Broadcast Writing – Kailee Frenn, McDowell High School
- News Writing - Ivy Laffan, Fort LeBoeuf HIgh School
- Feature Writing – Faith Morrow, General McLane High School
- Sports Writing – Hayden Ford, Fort LeBoeuf High School
- Editorial Cartoon – Paisley Mangold, Saegertown High School
- Editorial Writing – Eva Tillich, Fort LeBoeuf HIgh School
- Newspaper Carry-In Photography – Isabelle Southard, McDowell High School
- Literary Magazine Poetry – Mandy Berlin, McDowell High School
- Literary Magazine Stand-Alone Artwork - Josie Deeter, Saegertown High School
- Yearbook Caption Writing – Hailey Rupp, North East High School
- Yearbook Copy Writing – Dayna Woodruff, Saegertown High School
- Yearbook Sports Writing – James Piersol, North East High School
- Yearbook Spread Design – Ella Kloss, North East High School
- Yearbook Carry-in Photos – Maria Dimperio, North East High School
The Pennsylvania School Press Association originated in 1925 and stands as one of the oldest scholastic journalistic organizations in the country. The group presently is headquartered in Manchester, PA and welcomes all to apply for membership. For details, visit www.paschoolpress.org.