Four Louisburg High School students, Faithanne Burgoon, Lily McDaniel, Evan Murphy, and Mackenzie Scholtz, traveled to the University of Kansas on May 5 to compete in the Kansas Scholastic Press Association state competition.
Burgoon competed in Editorial Writing, McDaniel in Copywriting, Murphy in Editorial Cartoon, and Scholtz in Cutline Writing. Of the students who attended, Scholtz was the only placer earning third place in her category.
“It was actually really cool because I didn’t think I was that good at yearbook, but I guess I am. And it was really cool because I’m the only one who placed,” Scholtz said.
In order to qualify for state, students had to attend KSPA regionals at Emporia State University and place first, second, third, or honorable mention. At the regional competition, students are given pre-slotted times to compete in their events and are monitored by a proctor. This year, the regional competition was postponed due to weather, and schools across the state were instructed to facilitate a testing environment for competitors to complete their events. Competing in the regionals competition were the students who attended state, as well as senior, Shay Whiting, and junior, Brooke Talmage.
Whiting competed in an online event which she qualified to compete at state in and Talmage competed in two onsite events, News Writing and Sports Writing, both of which she qualified in but could not attend state due to a conflict. Scholtz qualified with a rank of first place.
“I was really surprised because I honestly didn’t think I was that good at what I was doing, but it gave me an opportunity to try something new and test my abilities in yearbook,” Scholtz said. “I did just kind of want to get it over with, but I actually took my time and thought out my captions and I thought it was really cool to get first place.”
Scholtz chose cutline writing for her interest in captions. In the Digital Media Production class, students are required to create pages for the school yearbook that include stories, pictures, and captions for those pictures, which led to Scholtz’s interest in the event.
“I like writing captions because you have all of the information and it’s just a matter of putting it all together,” Scholtz said.