Three award-winning Marian Network staffers joined the members of the Nebraska Press Women at their Spring Convention in Beatrice, Nebraska on Saturday, April 22. The event was held at the Homestead National Monument Education Center. Award winners from Millard South were also in attendance.
Morning speakers at the conference included Alan J. Bartels, former editor of Nebraska Life magazine. His second book “100 Things to do in the Nebraska Sandhills Before You Die” will be published in September.
Dr. Carol Lomicky, UNK journalism professor emeritus, also spoke before the luncheon. Her presentation was entitled: “Newspapers: Gone Like the Buffalo” and the content centered around vanishing newspapers, ghost papers, mergers, acquisitions and closures of community newspapers and what it means for the future.
At the luncheon, Sherry Thompson, Nebraska Press Women High School Contest director, announced the first place winners in every category and honored those students in attendance. Each student also had a chance to say a few words to the members about their award-winning pieces.
Marian Journalism teacher and JEA Nebraska State Director, Marsha Kalkowski, spoke about the state of scholastic journalism and encouraged the Nebraska Press Women to engage young people early with their community publications and seek their contributions. Journalism is alive and well in high schools across the state, especially as some of the best and brightest prepare to head to Norfolk for the NSAA State Journalism contests on Monday and Tuesday, April 24 and 25.
Of all Nebraska schools eligible, 13 competed in the 2023 contest, submitting 280 individual entries. Points were awarded Sweepstakes style for each winning entry, relative to how many entries there were in each category. Westside won the overall Sweepstakes Award and Marian was named Runner Up. The program earned a glass-etched trophy and a $150 check. All the first place winners in the contest have been forwarded to the National Federation of Press Women contest. Those results will be available after May 17.
|Entry||Category||Ranking||Entrant first name||Entrant last name|
|Proud to be an American||Cartooning||1st Place||Cecilia||Urbanski|
|American Identity fluctuates with generational changes in society||Editorial||1st Place||Reagan||Rosenbaum|
|How far is too far? Resisting climate change||Environment||1st Place||Cecilia||Urbanski|
|Debate Team takes on busy competition season in different categories||Feature Story||1st Place||Mary||Ambrose|
|Redefining my ADD as a superpower, not a weakness||Columns or Blogs||2nd Place||Margaret||Cusick|
|Stranger Indepth||Double-Truck Layout||2nd Place||Cecilia||Urbanski|
|Journalism in a Democracy||Editorial||2nd Place||Margaret||Cusick|
|Rise of female gamers: Here to play, here to stay||Feature Story||2nd Place||Kyra||McFadden|
|Senior Claire Troshynski holds triathlon title for Nebraska||Sports Story||2nd Place||Nora||Corrigan|
|Revolution of Artificial Intelligence||Double-Truck Layout||3rd Place||Cecilia||Urbanski|
|Feature on the Humane Society needing your help!||Video Feature Story||3rd Place||Ellis Peter, Shelby Gerken,||Lilly McAndrews & Reagan Graeve|
|Dec. 1 – MBeat||Best Newscast||Honorable Mention||Mariella Virgilito, Madi Shaffer,||Mia Butler & Ruthie Barrett|
|Servant of Mary pursues compassion over decades of hate||Feature Story||Honorable Mention||Nora||Corrigan|
|Revolution of Artificial Intelligence (Mona Lisa revisited)||Graphics / Photo Illustration||Honorable Mention||Cecilia||Urbanski|
|What’s Going On Around OMAHA||Graphics / Photo Illustration||Honorable Mention||Nora||Corrigan|
|Wardrobe Beauty Beast||News or Feature Photo||Honorable Mention||Tyler||Raikar|
|Seniors go above, beyond to secure full ride scholarships||News Story||Honorable Mention||Maggie||Morris|
|Bodies, Brains & Broadcasting||Opinion||Honorable Mention||Meghan||Bartness|
|Peek behind the curtain of Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘Psycho’||Review||Honorable Mention||Nina||McMullen|
|Show Choir Photo Essay – Open Up Your Heart||Single-Page Layout||Honorable Mention||Tyler||Raikar|
|Friday Night Lights Arial||Sports Photo||Honorable Mention||Tyler||Raikar|
|Bridget McGill’s 26.2 mile journey||Sports Story||Honorable Mention||Ella||Plank|
|Graduation Mass HANDS together||Yearbook Photo||Honorable Mention||Maria||McLeay|