Media production classes submit projects for competitions


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KSPA and KAB hold contests for high school students interested in media production.

Students involved with journalism or video production classes at Hays High are competing this spring in their annual competitions, celebrating work done in media production and communication.

Students involved with newspaper and yearbook participated in their regional contests in which they submitted work online through the Kansas Scholastic Press Association (KSPA), while students involved with Tribe Broadcasting submit projects to the Kansas Association of Broadcasters (KAB).

Hays High students submitted 51 entries for the KSPA contest and seven projects for the KAB contest.

Each contest has two subcategories in which students can participate. KSPA has visual contests and writing contests, while KAB has radio and television contests.

The KSPA competition includes subjects related to print media, including design, illustration, photography and writing contests, plus three new video contests. The KAB competition includes subjects related to digital media, such as newscast videos, commercial or promotional videos, documentaries and entertainment programs and sports play-by-play.

Submitted projects will be reviewed by judges after the entry deadlines and may receive awards. Results for KSPA entries will be shared by March 5, allowing students to advance to the KSPA state contests, while results for KAB entries will be shared before or during Spring Break.

Senior Caitlin Leiker, who competed in Yearbook Copy Writing, News Writing, News Page Design and Headline Writing, said she feels confident about her entries.

“They were challenging, but doable,” Leiker said. “I have high hopes. I feel like my stories turned out good, but there’s a lot of good writers in this competition.”