Blazer, Trail staffs win state medals; Novotny earns gold

Five journalism students brought home medals from the NSAA State Journalism Competition Monday, April 25.

The competition provides an avenue for journalism students across the state to compete in timed competitions to determine top finishers in 21 events.

The publications department had nine students qualify to compete in the competition with five bringing home medals in four different categories including a State Champion and State Runner-up.

Tanner Novotny brought home the gold in Sports News Writing and Mary Lawrence finished runner-up in Photo Illustration.  In addition to these top two performances, Paige Patton placed third in Yearbook Feature Writing; Shaye Stall placed fourth in Newspaper Layout; and Partrick Ondrak finished fifth in Sports News Writing.

Along with the five medalists, seniors Michaela Bartels, Brooke Eisenhauer and Halle Knigge qualified for the State Competition helping the school finish seventh in the team sweepstakes.

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Capturing the essence of the staff’s individual personalities, NSAA State Journalism qualifiers prepare for the group photo.

FHS BLAZER receives highest honor

Fairbury High School’s school newspaper The Blazer received top honors for its 2014-15 volume. The Nebraska High School Press Association (NHSPA) awarded the staff  a Cornhusker Award after judging the publication along with other publications from across the state.  According to the NHSPA, a Cornhusker is “awarded for journalism excellence in high school publications.” It is equivalent to winning a state title.


The Fairbury High School Blazer for  2014-15 included:

Cole Bauer, Editor-in-Chief

Paul Lawrence, Assistant Editor

Jace Harris and Bryce Schouboe, Sports Editors

Halle Knigge and Brooke Eisenhauer, Page Editors

Gabby Weatherl and Madison Schlake, Columnists

Reporters: Avery Joe, Anna Schouboe, Mercadeze Engleman-Meyers, Paige Patton, Josey Zabokrtsky, Kellsie Specht, Michaela Bartels, and Stephen Engleman

Jed Martin, Adviser

Returning staffers of the 2014-15 Cornhusker Award winning Blazer are (back row) Stephen Engelman, Paige Patton, Josey Zabokrtsky, Paul Lawrence. (Front row) Michaela Bartels, Anna Schouboe, Brooke Eisenhauer, and Halle Knigge.
Returning staffers of the 2014-15 Cornhusker Award winning Blazer are (back row) Stephen Engelman, Paige Patton, Josey Zabokrtsky, Paul Lawrence. (Front row) Michaela Bartels, Anna Schouboe, Brooke Eisenhauer, and Halle Knigge.