At the Kansas Scholastic Press Association state journalism competitions on May 3 at the University of Kansas, Rock Creek earned awards in four of its 15 entries and ended the day in fourth place in class 3A.
Earning the only state championship for Rock Creek was senior Jacob Milham, who received first place
in Sports Photography, and being the only state runner-up was Olivia Lee, who earned second in Caption Writing. Junior Abbie Plummer received Honorable Mention in Yearbook Copy Writing, and the team of seniors Brett Hammett, Milham and junior Alex Feldkamp earned Honorable Mention in Video News, which was the first time Rock Creek has entered that category.
Others competing for Rock Creek included seniors Justin Ward and Dareion Webb, junior Alexis McCormick, sophomores Colin Cook and Kitrina Miller and freshmen Brynn Hammett and Jayden Weers.
“Given that these students are competing against about 60 opponents in both 3A and 4A for medals, placing in the top six is very difficult, and they should be very proud of themselves,” adviser Jessica Augustine-Stegman said. “Overall, I am extremely pleased with all of our students’ effort, whether they placed or not.”
While students compete against both 3A and 4A journalists for individual medals, they also earn points for a
team score, which is tallied against just other 3A schools. For that, Milham earned five points for his first place, Lee earned four points for her second place and the two Honorable Mention entries earned one point each, for a total of 11 points for Rock Creek. Overall, then, Rock Creek ended in fourth place in
points out of the 17 class 3A schools competing.
“There are a lot of very strong schools, such as Humboldt and Phillipsburg, in class 3A, so again, to place and
to rank highly in team points is commendable,” Augustine-Stegman said.