Awards

THE JOURNALISM PROGRAM
Since becoming a member of the Kansas Scholastic Press Association in 2008-2009, the Rock Creek publications and journalism students have achieved the following honors:

  • Earned the KSPA All-Kansas Yearbook Award (the top award for excellence in scholastic yearbooks in Kansas) for the 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015 2016 and 2018 volumes of the Mustang yearbook
  • Earned the KSPA Award of Commendation (the second highest award for scholastic yearbooks in Kansas) for the 2013, 2014 and 2017 editions of the Mustang yearbook
  • Qualified eight students in 10 events at KSPA 3A/4A regional contests for KSPA state contests in 2011, then placed four state contestants and earned fourth overall in Class 3A
    • Junior Katie Hodges – Yearbook Copy Writing – Third Place
    • Junior Cody Liming – Yearbook Sports Writing – Third Place
    • Junior Michael Parker – Yearbook Sports Writing – Honorable Mention
    • Freshman Amanda Gross – Editorial Cartoon – Honorable Mention
  • Qualified 10 events at the KSPA 3A/4A regional contests for KSPA state contests in 2012
  • Qualified 15 events at the KSPA 3A/4A regional contests for KSPA state contests in 2013
  • Qualified 13 events at the KSPA 3A/4A regional contests for KSPA state contests in 2014, then placed four state contestants and placed fourth overall in Class 3A
    • Senior Jacob Milham – Sports Photography – First Place (State Champion)
    • Freshman Olivia Lee – Cutline Writing – Second Place
    • Junior Abbie Plummer – Yearbook Copy Writing – Honorable Mention
    • Junior Alex Feldkamp, senior Brett Hammett, and senior Jacob Milham – Video News – Honorable Mention
  • Qualified 14 events at the KSPA 3A/4A regional contests for KSPA state contests in 2015, then placed one state contestant
    • Sophomore Jayden Weers – Copyediting – Second Place
  • Qualified 27 events at the KSPA 3A/4A regional contests for KSPA state contests in 2016, then placed five state contestants
    • Junior Brynn Hammett – News Writing – Second Place
    • Junior Brynn Hammett – Yearbook Layout & Design – Honorable Mention
    • Junior Brynn Hammett & junior Jayden Weers – Theme Development & Graphics – Honorable Mention
    • Senior Justin Reiss – Yearbook Sports Writing – Honorable Mention
    • Sophomore Haley Smith – Advertising – Honorable Mention
  • Qualified 27 events at the KSPA 3A/4A regional contests for KSPA state contests in 2017, then placed eight state contestants and placed fourth overall in Class 4A
    • Junior Katie Dulohery – Editorial Cartoon – First Place (State Champion)
    • Sophomore Mac Hayes – Sports Writing – First Place (State Champion)
    • Senior Brynn Hammett – Yearbook Copy Writing – First Place (State Champion)
    • Junior Natalie Lindsey – Editorial Writing – First Place (State Champion)
    • Sophomore Karter Carlson – Yearbook Sports Writing – Third Place
    • Senior Brynn Hammett & senior Jayden Weers – Theme Development & Graphics – Honorable Mention
    • Sophomore Braden Schwarz – Sports Writing – Honorable Mention
    • Junior Haley Smith – Copyediting – Honorable Mention
  • Qualified 20 events at the KSPA 3A/4A regional contests for KSPA state contests in 2018, then placed five state contestants in Class 3A
    • Junior Spencer Dugan – Yearbook Sports Writing – First Place (State Champion)
    • Junior Mac Hayes – Sports Writing – Third Place
    • Junior Karter Carlson – Yearbook Sports Writing – Honorable Mention
    • Senior Natalie Lindsey – Editorial Writing – Honorable Mention
    • Senior Haley Smith – Cutline Writing – Honorable Mention
  • Had the Kansas Scholastic Press Association 3A/4A Journalist of the Year (senior Natalie Lindsey) in 2018
  • Qualified 16 events at the KSPA 3A/4A regional contests for KSPA state contests in 2019, then placed six state contestants and placed second overall in Class 3A
    • Senior Spencer Dugan – Yearbook Copy Writing – First Place (State Champion)
    • Senior Abby Ruder – Copyediting – First Place (State Champion)
    • Senior Braden Schwarz – Sports Writing – First Place (State Champion)
    • Senior Karter Carlson – Yearbook Sports Writing – Second Place
    • Senior Mac Hayes – Sports Writing – Second Place
    • Junior Taylor Lembright – Sports Photography – Honorable Mention
  • Had journalism students earn scholarships, internships and jobs, based on their journalism portfolios and skills