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EDITORIAL POLICY

Nixa Journalism operates as a designated open forum, with the intent of accurately and fairly reporting and responding to the needs of readers. Student editors make all content decisions. Staff members take responsibility for reporting honestly and without bias, for running the news magazine as a business and for printing material that is not legally considered obscene, libelous or private.
Content in Nixa Journalism publications does not necessarily represent the viewpoint of Nixa Public Schools administration. Nixa Journalism does not support any political campaign or candidate.
CORRECTIONS AND CLARIFICATIONS POLICY
Requests for corrections or clarifications should be made to the editor-in-chief. Corrections and clarifications will appear at NixaJournalism.net and will be printed in the next Wingspan.
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR POLICY
Nixa Journalism encourages the submission of ideas, comments, questions or concerns from readers. Letters to the editor should be 500 words or less and should be signed and delivered to room 221. Nixa Journalism reserves the right to edit submissions for grammatical and spelling errors and for space limitations. Opinions expressed in letters to the editor reflect opinions of the writers, not that of the Nixa Journalism staff.

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Awards won during the 2021-22 school year

Quill and Scroll International Honor Society

Wingspan: International First Place 

EagleAir: Second Place for News Show for Web or TV

Columbia Scholastic Press Association

Yearbook: Gold Medalist Award

Judge’s comments: “You and your dedicated staff did a professional job of responding to the previous judge’s suggestions and handling publication challenges, especially considering the uniqueness of the 2020-2021 year. Exemplary aspects of ‘Eagle’ included interviewing skills, photography techniques and layout design.”

Wingspan: Silver Medalist Award and Silver Crown Award winner 

Journalism Day, Missouri Interscholastic Press Association/Missouri Journalism Education Association:

Judge’s comments about EagleAir: 

Overall nicely done, good variety of packages, nice enthusiasm for school spirit.

Judge’s comments about Wingspan coverage:

“I’m going to make this short and sweet. Your coverage is simply amazing. When going through your publication, it just kept going and going and I was just amazing. Wonderful job. … What a beautiful, beautiful publication. From start to finish, the three editions you supplied for this contest really shocked me with how professional and engaging it was. Well done.”

Publication Type Category Story Name Award Students
Broadcast News Story Masks and Vaccines All Missouri Lucas Finger
Broadcast Overall–Newsmagazine EagleAir TV All Missouri Staff
Newspaper/Newsmagazine Overall Wingspan All Missouri Wingspan Staff
Newspaper/Newsmagazine News Feature Understanding OCD All Missouri Gracie Schwarz
Newspaper/Newsmagazine News Feature Cliffhangers All Missouri Katelynn Gibson
Newspaper/Newsmagazine News Writing Help Wanted All Missouri Eli Dean
Newspaper/Newsmagazine Sports Reporting Skating Through the Season All Missouri Hailey Webster
Online Breaking news Mask Rules Remain Controversial All Missouri Eli Dean and Lucas Finger
Photography Sports Touchdown All Missouri Eli Dean
Yearbook Yearbook Writing Singin’ in the Rain All Missouri Justice Jones
Broadcast Sports News Story Olympic Athlete Returns Home Best of Show Ryne Swanson and Zeltzin Mondragon-Garcia, with Elle Justice
Broadcast News Feature Sources of Strength Excellent Abigail Coburn
Newspaper/Newsmagazine News Writing City Conflict Leads to Recall Vote All Missouri Brycen Osborne
Online Overall NixaJournalism.net Excellent Staff
Photography Sports Basketball Dribble Excellent Delanie Goss
Photography Sports Feature/Reaction Photo Beating Joplin Excellent Maleah Bays
Broadcast Sports News Story Girls Swim Begins Honorable Mention Delanie Goss and Mirielle Strobel
Broadcast Sports News Story Basketball Season Honorable Mention Phoebe Gardner and Lily Maggard
Newspaper/Newsmagazine News Writing Toxic Trends Honorable Mention Madison McCrea
Online Feature package Help from Man’s Best Friend Honorable Mention Zachary Street and Mirielle Strobel
Broadcast Commercial/PSA In Journalism Superior Abigail Coburn and Olivia McCully
Broadcast News Story Construction Update Superior Olivia McCully
Newspaper/Newsmagazine News Feature History of Nixa Superior Noah Cook
Newspaper/Newsmagazine News Writing Afghanistan: The History Behind the Fight Superior Zachary Street
Photography Sports Girls Swim Superior Alexis Ehly
Photography Sports Softball Slide Superior Chloe Fischer
Yearbook Overall Eagle Superior Staff

 

Missouri Southern State University, Media Showcase Awards 2021

PUBLICATION

News Photography School Title Students
3rd Place (tie) Nixa Nixa Spirit Maleah Bays
News Writing School Title Students
1st Place Nixa Nixa Mayor Recall Brycen Osborne
2nd Place (tie) Nixa Afghanistan Zachary Street
Nixa Losing Track of Quarantines Eli Dean, Nadia May, Jamie Scriven
Nixa Injection of Hope Eli Dean
Page One Design School Title Students
1st Place Nixa Fall 2021 Braden Dennis
Publication – Best Overall School Title Students
2nd Place Nixa Wingspan Madalyn Tuning and Katelynn Gibson
Sports Writing School Title Students
1st Place Nixa From MO to Tokyo Eli Dean
2nd Place Nixa Back to The Mat Katelynn Gibson
Comedy School Title Students
2nd Place Nixa Tik Tok Addiction Bryce Paoli, Reid Martin, & Koby Graham
Multimedia School Title Students
1st Place Nixa COVID numbers Darby Allen,  Lily Maggard, and Phoebe Gardner
News Package School Title Students
1st Place Nixa You Matter Delanie Goss
2nd Place (tie) Nixa Misinformation Lucas Finger
Podcast School Title Students
1st Place Nixa Valentine’s Day Goals Will Rouhani, Evan Hirsch
Sports Package School Title Students
3rd Place Nixa Olympian Comes Back Home to Nixa Elle Justice, Ryne Swanson, Zeltzin Mondragon-Garcia


Awards won during the
2020-21 School Year

Quill and Scroll:

Wingspan magazine earned a top George H. Gallup award from the Quill and Scroll International Honor Society. Even amid a pandemic and stay-at-home orders, the Wingspan students continued to complete top-notch work, and it shows. 

Among the judge’s comments:

“The staff and adviser are to be commended for all the hard work that was put into the publications. … This was a difficult year for the staff, but the quality of the news magazine and media site stayed strong.

Congratulations! You are among the world’s top student journalism programs!”

Columbia Scholastic Press Association:

Gold Medalist Award for the 2020 Yearbook

Silver Medalist Award for the 2020 Yearbook

Missouri Interscholastic Press Association’s J-Challenges:

September: Sophomore Eli Dean won a third place award for his photo of the Nixa vs. Joplin football game.

September: Junior Grace Kut won an Honorable Mention for her photo of Nixa football player Steven Ward II.

October: Senior Myah Snider won an Honorable Mention for her cheerleading photo.

November: Mia Paladino won first place for her swim photo.

Braden Dennis won Honorable Mention for his mountain bike photo.

First Place, Audio and Podcast Feature Story: Evan Hirsch, freshman, for his podcast “Teaching and Learning in a Quarantine World

First Place, Feature Article Story: Nadia May, senior, for her story “Learning Behind the Screen

Second Place, Broadcast Feature Story: Phoebe Gardner and Lily Maggard, sophomores, for their story “Adjusting to Masks at Nixa High School

QUILL & SCROLL INDIVIDUAL CONTEST:

Congratulations to Mia Paladino and Gracie Schwarz for winning national awards in the Quill & Scroll International Honor Society’s 2021 news gathering competition. 

Senior Mia Paladino won third place in the Sports Action Photography category for her boys swim photo. 

Junior Gracie Schwarz won an Honorable Mention in the News Writing category for her story “Debating the Protests.”

Missouri Interscholastic Press Association:

Madalyn Tuning (12), editor-in-chief, and the Wingspan magazine staff: All Missouri Award for overall magazine.

Madalyn Tuning (12), editor-in-chief, and the Wingspan magazine staff: All Missouri Award in the In-Depth Feature category for the magazine’s pandemic coverage.

Darby Allen (11): All Missouri Award in the News Magazine Design category for her spread “Ramping Up.”

Braden Dennis (11): All Missouri Award in the Newsmagazine/Newspaper News Writing category for his story “The Butler Didn’t Do It.”

Nadia May (12): All Missouri Award in the Editorial Cartoon category for her drawing “Give it up and mask up.”

Gracie Schwarz (11): All Missouri Award in the Newsmagazine/Newspaper News Writing category for her story “Debating the Protests.”

Mia Paladino (12), Editor-in-Chief and Yearbook staff (11): Superior Award for Overall Yearbook (2019-20 school year).

Elizabeth Carr (9) and Olivia McCully (9): Superior Award  in the Broadcasting News Feature category for their story “Winter Musical Revue.”

Grace Kut (11): Superior Award in the Sports Feature Photography category for her photo “Cheer Football.”

Ellie Sorgenfrei (10): Superior Award  in the Broadcasting News Feature category for her story “Artists visit D.C.”

Mia Paladino (12), editor-in-chief, and Yearbook Staff: Excellent Award for Yearbook Theme “Timeless.”

Maleah Bays (11): Excellent Award in the Portrait Photography category for her photo “Vigil.”

Eli Dean (10): Excellent Award in the Newsmagazine/Newspaper Sports Reporting category for his story “Football Rebirth.”

Braden Dennis (11): Excellent Award in the Sports Photography category for his photo “Mountain Air.”

Abigail Coburn (10): Excellent Award in the Broadcasting News Feature category for her story “For the Love of K9s.”

Phoebe Gardner (10) and Lily Maggard (10): Excellent Award in the Broadcasting News Feature category for their story “Cold Stone TikTok.”

Lucas Finger (11): Excellent Award in the Broadcasting News Story category for his story “COVID Variants.”

Lucas Finger (11): Excellent Award in the Broadcasting News Story category for his story “Biden administration.”

Evan Hirsch (9): Excellent Award in the Radio/Podcast Newscast/News Feature category for his podcast “Teaching and Learning in a Quarantine World.”

T.J. Sorgenfrei (12) and Eli Dean (10): Honorable Mention Award in the Online Sports Package category for their story “Football Rebirth.”

Katelynn Gibson (11): Honorable Mention in the Newsmagazine/Newspaper News Feature category for her story “Reaching Above and Beyond.”

Grace Kut (11): Honorable Mention Award in the Student Life Photography category for her photo “Football Fans.”

Mia Paladino (12): Honorable Mention Award in the Sports Photography category for her photo “Swim Underwater.”

Dr. David Kelly, 2021 Administrator of the Year

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