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Raytown High’s journalism students win national ranking

The Raytown High School Rayflector yearbook and its staffers have recently received awards and commendations. The Rayflector’s 2012 edition The Pursuit has been selected to be in the Walsworth Gallery of Excellence. Less than 5% of the books Walsworth prints are selected for this national honor.

Additionally, four students from Raytown High School earned a national ranking on the National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA) journalism honor roll. Student earning a national ranking had to maintain a above a 3.85 GPA, be member of the publication’s staff for a year and do exceptional work in publications. Those named were Travis Snell, who is the 2012 assistant managing editor and has earned top state honors for the past two years; Natalie Butler who has served on three yearbooks staffs, is currently managing editor, and is receiving the award for the second time; Victoria Lund, who is the 2012 business and advertising editor and has earned top state honors this year; and Rachel Anderson, who is the 2012 current events editor.

Rachel Anderson

Natalie Butler

Travis Snell

Victoria Lund

Raytown High School Publications competed in the state contest held by Missouri Interscholastic Press Association (MIPA). In the Individual Television contest through the Missouri Interscholastic Press Association (MIPA), Tyree Davis earned top honors with the Show Me award for his football coverage of the 2011 season. Davis plans to study film production at Missouri State next year.

In the MIPA Individual Newspaper contest two students earned superior honors; Heather Parrie for her editorial “When Driving Gets Dangerous”; and Brendan Holland for his feature story “Looking Back” about students in a bad car accident.

In the MIPA Individual Yearbook contest, two students earned top honors and seven earned superior honors. Earning a Show Me Award were Andrew Best (writer) and Leah Nelson (photography) for “Hands on Art” about RHS art students;

Julia Hamilton (designer/writer), Travis Snell (photography) and Kiley Dujakovich (photography) for “Coffee with Heart” about Bennetti’s coffee shop earned a Superior Award. Denzel Crawley (writer) and Travis Snell (photography) for “Hot Rod High School,” about what RHS students drive earned a Superior Award.

Other Superior Awards were given to Victoria Lund (writer), Leah Nelson (photography) and Travis Snell (photography) for “I Wish. . .,” about the RHS fall musical; to Denzel Crawley (writer) and Travis Snell (photography) for “Will Power wins the Race,” about RHS boys’ cross country; and to Diane Salgado (writer) and Leah Nelson (photography) for “Out of the Rough,” about RHS girls’ golf.

In the MIPA Individual Photojournalism contest, two students earned top honors with the Show Me Awards; Travis Snell for “EJ Video tapes choir” and “The Swimmer,” and Leah Nelson for “The Choir Girls”.

In the Diversity Awareness Contest, the following eight students earned superior honors:

Natalie Butler/Christopher Anderson (editor/writer) and Zallie Landis, Lauren Horning, and Jose Friebohle (photography) for “Fresh perspectives” about Shannon Lewis; and Hunter Pescetto (writer) and Travis Snell (photography) for “Home away from” about the special education Transition House.

Lauri Davidson is the journalism teacher at Raytown High School and serves as sponsor of the newspaper, yearbook, and electronic journalism productions.

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