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Bryant High's the Hornet, Prospective win All Arkansas awards

April 16, 2012

The Bryant High School yearbook and newspaper staffs earned 122 awards at the annual Arkansas Scholastic Press Association's annual convention. Among the awards, the Hornet yearbook, Prospective newspaper and Prospective online edition won All Arkansas awards, the highest recognition awarded. Margaret Sorrows, adviser, recently won a Gold Key award form the Columbia Scholastic Press Association. Photo by Tammy Shaw

Bryant High School yearbook and newspaper staff members won 122 awards at the Arkansas Scholastic Press Association’s convention April 12 – 13 in Rogers, Ark.
According to Allen Loibner, ASPA director, 849 students attended the convention and more than 2,000 contest entries were submitted.
Bryant High School, the only Saline County school to participate, continued its tradition of excellence in journalism bringing home a number of individual awards from ASPA — including top, statewide awards and on-site contests, as well as awards from Arkansas Press Women. The Hornet yearbook, the Prospective newspaper and online Prospective received All Arkansas Awards, the top award in state.
"We've been pretty consistent every year. I'm fortunate to have that many high-achieving kids who do so well," Margaret Sorrows, journalism adviser, said.
Students who received top awards in the state include:
•Jasmine Av and Grace Oxley – Yearbook Editors of the Year
•Grace Oxley – Designer of the Year
•Jasmine Av – Third place Designer of the Year
•Jordan Morehead – Third place Business Manager of the Year
•Maddie Rutland – Second place Writer of the Year
•Katie Cowart – Photojournalist of the Year
•Charlie Hunnicutt – Second Place Photojournalist of the Year
•Parker Pamplin – Third Place Photojournalist of the Year
"I was thrilled we got yearbook editors of the year! We have such an amazing staff," Oxley said. "I wish there was a category for staff of the year. Jasmine and I are such great friends; we work well together."
Jasmine Av, co-editor, added, "I think Grace and I compliment each other's strengths and weaknesses well."
Maddie Rutland, who has only been on the newspaper staff for a year-and-a-half was surprised at being named writer of the year.
"I was tremendously honored that they would think that highly of my writing. I am grateful for Ms. Sorrows, my English teachers and creative writing teacher," Rutland said.
For their work in the 2012 yearbook to be presented May 14, students won 24 superior awards and four Best of ASPA.
Recipients include:
•Sydney Cowell – superior in student life copy, superior in student life layout
•Marley Cole – superior in academic copy and Best of ASPA
•Grace Oxley – superior in people copy, superior in alternative coverage, superior in student life layout, superior in sports layout and Best of ASPA, superior in theme development and Best of ASPA
•Peyton Ellis – superior in club copy, superior in club layout
•Amber Easterly – superior in sports copy, superior in sports layout and Best of ASPA
•Jasmine Av – superior in academic layout and Best of ASPA, superior in people of layout, superior in club layout, superior in index layout, superior in theme development and Best of ASPA
•Lindsey Porterfield – superior in academic layout and Best of ASPA
•Jordan Morehead –superior in ad layout
•Charlie Hunnicutt – superior in student life photo
•Ashley Bymers – superior in academic photo
•Katie Cowart – superior in club photo
•Grace Finley – superior in sports photo and Best of ASPA
•Bethany Pilcher – superior in theme/feature photo
The 2012 Hornet received the top award in the state, a superior in general excellence, and the 2011 yearbook received the All Arkansas Award, the top yearbook award in state.
Students on the school newspaper, the Prospective, were awarded 34 superiors, three excellents and six Best of ASPA.
Recipients include:
•Jessica Waddle – superior in news story, superior in feature story, superor in personality profile, superior in service to school and community and Best of ASPA
•Jake Knight – excellent in editorial, superior in photo essay, superior in informational graphic and Best of ASPA, superior in front page design, superior in centerspread design, superior in sports page design and Best of ASPA, superior in service to school and community and Best of ASPA, superior in special section, superior in multi-cultural feature
•Maddie Rutland – superior in column writing, superior in special section, superior in multi-cultural feature
•Ashton Eley – superior in sports news story, superior in sports feature, excellent in sports column
•Charlie Hunnicutt – superior in news photography and Best of ASPA, superior in photo essay
•Parker Pamplin – superior in feature photo
•Ashley Bymers – superior in sports photo, superior in photo essay, superior in service to school and community and Best of ASPA, superior in special section, superior in multicultural feature
•Lauren Sanders – superior in photo essay
•Paige Staggs – superior in photo essay
•Jordan Morehead – superior in advertisement and Best of ASPA
•Robann Brown – excellent in editorial cartoon
•Evan Goodrich – superior in review writing
•Ashley Collins –superior in opinion page design and Best of ASPA, superior in service to school and community and Best of ASPA
•Caitlin Green - superior in service to school and community and Best of ASPA
•Austin Nickols – superior in multi-cultural feature
•Jordan Martin – superior in multi-cultural feature
The school newspaper received an overall superior award and received the All Arkansas Award, the top award in state.
"Our awards prove we can come together as a group. We've worked hard all year long, and we knocked it out of the ball park," Jessica Waddle, editor, said.
The online Prospective, first posted Jan. 27, 2012 received an overall superior award and received the All Arkansas Award, the top award in state.
"Having just launched our online paper in January, and receiving this level of recognition, just shows what a hard-working group of journalists I've got," Sorrows said.
"I am extremely proud of us," Jake Knight, online editor, said. "We have one of the strongest journalism departments in the state — our awards reflect that. I am thankful for Ms. Sorrows. She spends a lot of extra time to help us outside of school."
These students won awards for competitions held at the convention:
•Robann Brown – second place in cartooning
•Emily Martin – second place in literary magazine poetry
•Morgan Rullmann – second place in literary magazine essay
•Maddie Rutland – first place in literary magazine short story
•Jessica Mann – second place in literary magazine personal narrative
•Jordan Martin – third place in newspaper feature writing
•Austin Nickols – first place in newspaper review writing
•Ashton Eley – third place in newspaper interviewing/reporting
•Peyton Ellis – first place in yearbook student life copy
•Lauren Wood –third place in yearbook academic copy
•Katie Cowart – first place in journalistic photography
•Whitney Butler – second place in artistic photography
•Ashley Bymers – first place in sports photography
•Charlie Hunnicutt – first place in photo story
•Jasmine Av – third place in literary magazine design
•Jake Knight – first place in newspaper design
•Tyler Platt – first place in newspaper infographic
•Megan Gray – first place in yearbook academic design
•Amber Easterly – first place in yearbook sports design
•Marley Cole – first place in yearbook club design
•Sydney Cowell – first place in yearbook student life design
•Grace Oxley – first place in yearbook theme development
•Jordan Morehead – first place in yearbook advertising
The following students were named winners in the Arkansas Press Women annual contest:
•Jake Knight – honorable mention in environmental writing, first place in graphics, first place in centerspread design, third place in centerspread design, honorable mention in centerspread design, second place in editorial writing, second place in news writing
•Evan Goodrich - honorable mention in cartooning
•Jessica Waddle – first place in single page layout, third place in column writing, first place in feature writing
•Tyler Platt – second place in single page layout
•Ashton Eley – honorable mention in single page layout, honorable mention in opinion writing, first place in sports writing, second place in sports writing
•Charlie Hunnicutt – second place in feature photo, honorable mention in sports photo
•Haley Shipe – honorable mention in feature photo
•Ashley Bymers – first place in sports photo
•Parker Pamplin – honorable mention in sports photo
•Maddie Rutland – second place in column writing, Two honorable mentions in feature writing, third place in review writing, first place in editorial writing
•Jordan Martin – honorable mention in column writing
•Jessica Mann – third place in opinion writing
•Caitlin Green – honorable mention in opinion writing
•Madison Lowe – third place in news writing
As previously noted, yearbooks will be distributed May 14.

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