For the sixth time in eight years, the Rock Creek Mustang yearbook received the Kansas Scholastic Press Association’s All-Kansas Award.
In order to get the award, the 2016 yearbook was submitted to the KSPA following its publication. Then, the KSPA sent the submitted books to judges, who are normally professionals in journalism from out of state. The judges rated the yearbooks as either All-Kansas, Award of Commendation or Award of Merit on the concept, coverage, design, photography and reporting. If a book earned All-Kansas ratings in at least three of the five areas, it received the overall All-Kansas Award.
For the Mustang yearbook from the 2015-2016 school year, it received All-Kansas ratings in all five categories, and therefore, was All-Kansas. Rock Creek was one of only three schools in Class 4A and was one of only 20 school statewide to earn the All-Kansas Award. Because of that, the staff will receive a plaque at the KSPA state contests on May 6 in Lawrence, Kan.
Staff members for the 2016 Mustang included graduates Brandon Mallon, Kitrina Miller, Justin Reiss and Caleb Rogge; current seniors Joe Chalfant, Brynn Hammett, Olivia Lee, Amber Rayo and Jayden Weers; current juniors Natalie Lindsey, Haley Smith and Logan Staab; current sophomore Nate Williams; and former student Annabel Shriner. To lead the yearbook staff, Hammett was the Editor in Chief, Lee was the Photography Editor, Weers was the Copy Editor and Smith was the Business Manager, and instructor Jessica Augustine-Stegman advised the staff.
“It does represent you’re one of the top publications in the state,” Augustine-Stegman said. “To the yearbook staff, earning the All-Kansas Award is something that we strive to do every year, and it is gratifying that the staff received this award again.”
Article by staffer Taylor Lembright
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