Nixa Student Journalists Win Big in State Competition

The Nixa High School Journalism Department added to the program’s history of excellence, winning more than 20 awards during the Missouri Interscholastic Press Association’s J-Day event on March 31.

Wingspan, the program’s quarterly newsmagazine, earned six top All Missouri Awards including the coveted title of Best Overall Magazine.

Here are the student journalists honored for their excellence, and the department for which they were honored:

Madalyn Tuning (12), editor-in-chief, and the Wingspan magazine staffAll Missouri Award for overall magazine.

Madalyn Tuning (12), editor-in-chief, and the Wingspan magazine staffAll Missouri Award in the In-Depth Feature category for the magazine’s pandemic coverage.

Darby Allen (11): All Missouri Award in the News Magazine Design category for her spread “Ramping Up.”

Braden Dennis (11): All Missouri Award in the Newsmagazine/Newspaper News Writing category for his story “The Butler Didn’t Do It.”

Nadia May (12): All Missouri Award in the Editorial Cartoon category for her drawing “Give it up and mask up.”

Gracie Schwarz (11): All Missouri Award in the Newsmagazine/Newspaper News Writing category for her story “Debating the Protests.”

Mia Paladino (12), Editor-in-Chief and Yearbook staff (11): Superior Award for Overall Yearbook (2019-20 school year).

Elizabeth Carr (9) and Olivia McCully (9)Superior Award  in the Broadcasting News Feature category for their story “Winter Musical Revue.”

Grace Kut (11): Superior Award in the Sports Feature Photography category for her photo “Cheer Football.”

Ellie Sorgenfrei (10): Superior Award  in the Broadcasting News Feature category for her story “Artists visit D.C.”

Mia Paladino (12), editor-in-chief, and Yearbook StaffExcellent Award for Yearbook Theme “Timeless.”

Maleah Bays (11): Excellent Award in the Portrait Photography category for her photo “Vigil.”

Eli Dean (10): Excellent Award in the Newsmagazine/Newspaper Sports Reporting category for his story “Football Rebirth.”

Braden Dennis (11): Excellent Award in the Sports Photography category for his photo “Mountain Air.”

Abigail Coburn (10): Excellent Award in the Broadcasting News Feature category for her story “For the Love of K9s.”

Phoebe Gardner (10) and Lily Maggard (10)Excellent Award in the Broadcasting News Feature category for their story “Cold Stone TikTok.”

Lucas Finger (11): Excellent Award in the Broadcasting News Story category for his story “COVID Variants.”

Lucas Finger (11): Excellent Award in the Broadcasting News Story category for his story “Biden administration.”

Evan Hirsch (9): Excellent Award in the Radio/Podcast Newscast/News Feature category for his podcast “Teaching and Learning in a Quarantine World.”

T.J. Sorgenfrei (12) and Eli Dean (10)Honorable Mention Award in the Online Sports Package category for their story “Football Rebirth.”

Katelynn Gibson (11): Honorable Mention in the Newsmagazine/Newspaper News Feature category for her story “Reaching Above and Beyond.”

Grace Kut (11): Honorable Mention Award in the Student Life Photography category for her photo “Football Fans.”

Mia Paladino (12): Honorable Mention Award in the Sports Photography category for her photo “Swim Underwater.”

Dr. David Kelly, 2021 Administrator of the Year

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