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University of Iowa News Release

Dec. 6, 2004

Awards To High School Journalists, Yearbooks Presented At Conferences

High school students from across the state were recognized for excellence in journalism activities during the annual Fall State and Regional Conferences of the Iowa High School Press Association Oct. 6 and 18 at the University of Iowa, Iowa City, and Drake University, Des Moines, respectively.

A total of more than 650 high school journalism students and their teachers from 40 high schools in Iowa and western Illinois attended the conferences.

During the conferences, the students competed in on-site contests, received recognition for performances in pre-conference contests, and attended educational and developmental sessions conducted mainly by media professionals, university faculty and other high school teachers and students.

Listed below are awards presented during the conferences:

FALL YEARBOOK CONTEST

High School yearbooks from Exira, Ft. Madison, and Iowa City won the top sweepstakes awards in the 2004 Fall Yearbook Contest of the Iowa High School Press Association.

Sweepstakes awards are based on the individual results of the 20-category contest that includes theme development, photography, design, copy and package. Yearbook staffs garnering the highest individual awards in each division are awarded sweepstakes honors. Three divisions, based on school enrollment in grades 10-12, were included in this year's contest.

Class C (enrollment over 600):

The EPIC yearbook of West High School, Iowa City, was the sweepstakes winner. Ginny Ordman is the adviser.

Second place went to The Dragon, Johnston High School, Johnston; The Masonian, Mason City High School, 3rd place; and Profile, Kennedy High School, Cedar Rapids, honorable mention.

Class B (enrollment 250-600):

The Madisonian of Fort Madison High School, is the sweepstakes winner. The adviser is Bonnie Neyens.

The Dutchess yearbook of Pella High School, placed second; The Hawk yearbook, West Delaware High School, 3rd place; the HiLife of Washington High School, Washington, honorable mention.

Class A (enrollment 115-250):

Pieces of EHS yearbook, Exira Community High School, Exira, was the sweepstakes winner. The yearbook is advised by John Walker. The Excaliber from North Cedar High School, Stanwood, placed 2nd; the Mt. Vernon High School yearbook, Mt. Vernon, placed 3rd; and The Mustang yearbook, Newell-Fonda High School, received honorable mention.

IHSPA WEB SITE DESIGN CONTEST

Davenport West High School won the Iowa High School Press Association 2004 Web Site Design Contest sweepstakes. Staff of the web site, the Beak n' Eye Online, is advised by journalism teacher Steven Lyle and edited by Tyler Lesthaeghe.

Second place in the contest went to the Online Auroran by Muscatine High School, advised by Monica Flathman and edited by Daniel Hodapp.

IHSPA LITERARY MAGAZINE CONTEST

Kennedy High School, Cedar Rapids, won the Iowa High School Press Association 2004 Literary Magazine Contest sweepstakes. Staff of the Plain Brown Wrapper magazine are advised by teacher Kara Asmussen. Keyholes literary magazine from Ridgway Area High School, Ridgway, Pa., placed 2nd, and Stirred not Shaken by Ft. Madison High School, Ft. Madison, placed 3rd.

IHSPA SPRING NEWSPAPER CONTEST

High school newspapers in Pella, Sully, Davenport, Cedar Rapids and Cedar Falls were among the sweepstakes winners in categories of the Iowa High School Press Association's Spring Newspaper Contest.

Sweepstakes awards are based on the individual results of the three-category contest: graphics, photography, and writing. Within those categories, students submitted entries in areas including illustrations, editorials, sports and news photography, and feature, sports and news writing. Newspaper staffs garnering the highest number of individual awards in categories of each division are awarded sweepstakes honors. Three divisions, based on school enrollment in grades 10-12 and one for schools that publish on pages of the local newspaper, were included in this year's contest. Entries were judged by members of the Iowa Newspaper Association.

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Writing - Cedar Falls High School, won the sweepstakes award; 2nd place - Maquoketa High School; 3rd place - Exira Community High School; and honorable mention - PCM High School, Monroe.

Graphics - Cedar Falls High School, sweepstakes award; 2nd place - Exira Community High School; and 3rd place - PCM High School, Monroe.

Photography - Exira Community High School, sweepstakes winner; and 2nd place - Cedar Falls High School.

Class A:

Writing - Pella High School and Lynnville-Sully High School, Sully, tied as sweepstakes winners; 2nd place - Hudson High School and Lewis Central High School, Council Bluffs, tied; 3rd place - North Cedar High School, Stanwood.

Graphics - Lynnville-Sully High School and Pella High School, tied as sweepstakes winners; 2nd place - Hudson High School; 3rd place - West Delaware High School, Manchester.

Photography - Pella High School, sweepstakes winner; 2nd place - North Cedar High School; and 3rd place - Ft. Madison High School.

Class B:

Writing - West High School, Davenport, won the sweepstakes award; 2nd place - Johnston High School, Johnston; and 3rd place - Kennedy High School, Cedar Rapids.

Graphics - Kennedy High School, Cedar Rapids, sweepstakes winner; 2nd place - West High School, Davenport; 3rd place - City High School, Iowa City.

Photography - Johnston High School, sweepstakes winner; 2nd place - Davenport Central High School; 3rd place - Kennedy High School, Cedar Rapids; and honorable mention - West High School, Davenport.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Vanessa Shelton, 319-353-3318, vanessa-shelton@uiowa.edu