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SHS Journalism Wins Class B State Championship

The Scottsbluff High School Journalism Department won the Class B State Journalism championship on Tuesday, April 23, in Norfolk on the campus on Northeast Community College.  Twenty-three students qualified for the state event, which was more than any of the Class B school.


Top six team finishers:

Scottsbluff 432 pts.

West Pont-Beemer 332 pts.

Columbus Scotus 302 pts.

Fairbury 272 pts.

Grand Island Northwest 268 pts.

Mount Michael Benedictine 250 pts.


Scottsbluff placed students in 22 of the 25 contested categories in newspaper, yearbook, and broadcasting.

It is the 5th time since 2001 Scottsbluff has won the state journalism championship.

Scottsbluff won first place in four different categories.


Other state champions crowned on Tuesday were Omaha Westside in Class A and Yutan in Class C.


Scottsbluff finishers in the contest included the following:



Josiah Gonzales – 2nd

Salvador Salazar – 5th


Newspaper Column Writing

Nathan Cantor – 1st

Andrew Alvarez – 5th

Shelby Fisher – 6th


Editorial Cartooning

Shae Blanke – 5th


Editorial Writing

Shelby Fisher 8th


Entertainment Review Writing

Nathan Cantor – 2nd


Headline Writing

Sydney Hinze – 2nd

Lauryn Lambertson – 6th


Newspaper News Writing

Kaya Vonburg – 3rd

Tabitha Hoff – 5th


Sports News Writing

Lauryn Lambertson – 4th

Emanuel Casillas – 6th

Andrew Alvarez – 7th


Yearbook Feature Writing

Kirsten Saldivar – 4th

Denali Ingram – 6th


Yearbook Sports Feature Writing

Catherine Wisniewski – 3rd

Atley Watson – 5th

Keegan Collett – 8th


Yearbook Theme Copy Writing

Anna McDaniel – 1st


Indepth Newspaper Coverage

Ben Vidlak, Kaylee Weinmaster, Kaya Vonburg – 1st

Ben Vidlak & Kaylee Weinmaster – 3rd


Newspaper Layout

Ben Vidlak – 8th


Photo/Artistic Illustration

Nathan Cantor – 5th


Sports Action Photography

Josiah Gonzales – 2nd


News Feature Photography

Andrew Eccles – 5th


Yearbook Layout

Denali Ingram – 5th


Yearbook Theme Development

Denali Ingram & Anna McDaniel – 7th


Broadcasting News Story

Andrew Eccles & Andrew Alvarez – 7th


Broadcast Sports Story

Ben Vidlak & Lauryn Lambertson – 7th

Draven Sanford & Andrew Alvarez – 8th


Broadcast Public Service Announcement

Beretta Coats & Draven Sanford – 5th


Broadcast Feature Story

Ben Vidlak & Sydney Hinze – 1st