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Dames and Smutz place at State Journalism

Christian Dames, Staff Writer

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Nine Scribner-Snyder students qualified for NSAA State Journalism, which was held on April 23 at Northeast Community College.

The students who qualified include sophomores Emily Lewin, Jozelyn Ruppert and Shakia Sallis, juniors Caleb Noel, Corben Burger and Christian Dames and seniors Madison Smutz, Cayley Schnell and Tanner Brown.

Each of the students made it to state in various different categories. Noel, Ruppert and Smutz all made it into Column Writing. Schnell and Lewin both made it into Theme Writing. For Newspaper Layout, both Brown and Burger qualified. Burger was also selected for News Writing and Lewin qualified for Newspaper Feature Writing. In addition to their other categories, Schnell qualified for Feature Photography while Smutz was selected for Ads and Headline Writing. Lastly, Dames qualified for Entertainment Writing and Editorial Writing while Sallis attended for Editorial Cartooning.

“I felt pretty good about Column Writing because I was familiar with the topic of social media,” Smutz said. “I cracked my knuckles and the words came right off my fingers.”

After working hard all day, the Scribner-Snyder journalism students all attended the Class B awards ceremony. Two of the nine qualifiers placed with a total of three medals. Smutz won second place in Column Writing and Dames won first in Editorial and fifth in Entertainment.

In addition to earning three state medals, the NSAA released a list of the top 12 finishers for preliminary judging. Though they did not place in the top six at state, Seniors Madison Smutz, Victor Zamora and sophomores Elissa Dames, Olivia Dunklau, Sidney Fletcher, Montanna Garule, Faith Riggle and Shakia Sallis all finished in the top 12 spots for Sports, News and Feature Broadcasting.

“Generally speaking, both newspaper and yearbook staffs are young and inexperienced when it comes to journalism mechanics and writing, so to have nine students qualify for state in so many categories is a victory, especially for a school our size,” journalism teacher Mr. David Stevens said, “Then to have two students win three medals is an amazing way to wrap up the school year.”

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