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HHS paper again earns state honors

5/10/2013

By DIANE GASPER-O'BRIEN

By DIANE GASPER-O'BRIEN

dobrien@dailynews.net

Anna Shippy admits she was a little disappointed when she didn't finish in the top six of any of her individual events at last Saturday's Kansas Scholastic Press Association's state competition at Lawrence.

But getting to accept the state's top prize awarded to Kansas high school publications made up for it.

Shippy, co-editor of Hays High School's newspaper, the Guidon, joined senior classmate and co-editor Kellen Griffin in accepting the school's second All-Kansas award in the past four years. It was one of only 19 publications or organizations across the state to receive the prestigious award.

"It was very exciting for us," Shippy said. "I don't think we ever smiled so big."

Shippy had qualified for state in four events but wasn't able to crack the top six in any.

It was all in a day's work for Shippy, who plans to major in journalism at Kansas State University next year.

"I did the best I could," she said, "and I have the rest of my life to write stories. I would have liked to have placed, but I look forward to continuing to get better in college."

So Shippy embraced her role as one of the program's leaders and applauded her staff.

"You have to be happy for the staff members," she said. "They're the ones who make the paper. ... (I'm) really happy for the whole staff, winning All-Kansas."

To earn All-Kansas recognition, a publication must earn that top distinction in at least three of the five categories.

The Guidon earned that honor in four categories -- reporting, design, visuals and leadership -- as well as receiving an award of commendation in writing.

One of its best ratings was receiving the best mark of 3 from every judge in leadership.

"That really made me happy," said Shippy, who credit's adviser Bill Gasper for preparing students for the future.

"He is the one who taught us everything," Shippy said. "Our success is a reflection of him as a teacher. He is such a good adviser, has a vast amount of newspaper knowledge, and we're so lucky to have him at Hays High."

Senior Delphine Burns (editorial writing) and junior Aislinn Walters (headlines) were the top individual winners for Hays High with their second-place finishes.

Third-place finishers for HHS were senior Ashly Arthur, feature writing, and junior Rachel Moravek, editorial cartoon.

Rounding out HHS' list of individual winners were seniors Kendahl Garrett in editorial cartoon and Connor Hess, editorial writing, who both earned honorable mention status for finishing in the top six.

* Individual results for area students will run when they are made available by the KSPA.