Marian Journalism students earn Nebraska Press Women’s Runner Up Sweepstakes Award for 2023

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.

EntryCategoryRankingEntrant first nameEntrant last name
Proud to be an AmericanCartooning1st PlaceCeciliaUrbanski
American Identity fluctuates with generational changes in societyEditorial1st PlaceReaganRosenbaum
How far is too far? Resisting climate changeEnvironment1st PlaceCeciliaUrbanski
Debate Team takes on busy competition season in different categoriesFeature Story1st PlaceMaryAmbrose
Redefining my ADD as a superpower, not a weaknessColumns or Blogs2nd PlaceMargaretCusick
Stranger IndepthDouble-Truck Layout2nd PlaceCeciliaUrbanski
Journalism in a DemocracyEditorial2nd PlaceMargaretCusick
Rise of female gamers: Here to play, here to stayFeature Story2nd PlaceKyraMcFadden
Senior Claire Troshynski holds triathlon title for NebraskaSports Story2nd PlaceNoraCorrigan
Revolution of Artificial IntelligenceDouble-Truck Layout3rd PlaceCeciliaUrbanski
Feature on the Humane Society needing your help!Video Feature Story3rd PlaceEllis Peter, Shelby Gerken,Lilly McAndrews & Reagan Graeve
Dec. 1 – MBeatBest NewscastHonorable MentionMariella Virgilito, Madi Shaffer,Mia Butler & Ruthie Barrett
Servant of Mary pursues compassion over decades of hateFeature StoryHonorable MentionNoraCorrigan
Revolution of Artificial Intelligence (Mona Lisa revisited)Graphics / Photo IllustrationHonorable MentionCeciliaUrbanski
What’s Going On Around OMAHAGraphics / Photo IllustrationHonorable MentionNoraCorrigan
Wardrobe Beauty BeastNews or Feature PhotoHonorable MentionTylerRaikar
Seniors go above, beyond to secure full ride scholarshipsNews StoryHonorable MentionMaggieMorris
Bodies, Brains & BroadcastingOpinionHonorable MentionMeghanBartness
Peek behind the curtain of Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘Psycho’ReviewHonorable MentionNinaMcMullen
Show Choir Photo Essay – Open Up Your HeartSingle-Page LayoutHonorable MentionTylerRaikar
Friday Night Lights ArialSports PhotoHonorable MentionTylerRaikar
Bridget McGill’s 26.2 mile journeySports StoryHonorable MentionEllaPlank
Graduation Mass HANDS togetherYearbook PhotoHonorable MentionMariaMcLeay

Some of the Network staff 2023 award winners….
Some of the Journalism I award-winners.

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