Lakota East students get national recognition

National Federation of Press Women recognized students at Lakota East High School for teir outstanding efforts in journalism.

Lakota East students won awards in eight of the 20 categories in the annual high school journalism contest. Awards were presented at the NFPW conference in Salt Lake City.

High school students enter at the state level and the first-place winners in state competition go forward to national competition. Entries came from 13 states this year.

Lakota East students receiving awards were:

First Place, feature story: Claire Schomaker, “The Fourth Step”

First Place, graphics: Jeffrey Back, “Distracted Driving: What Text Is Worth Your Life?”

Second Place, columns: Joshua Shi, Social Media; Jumping Higher and Higher; Lipstick on a Dead Dog

Third Place, single-page layout: Jeffrey Back, “Eye on the Defense”

Third Place, double-truck layout: Jeffrey Back, “Year of the Defense”

Honorable Mention, news story: Sophia Li, “Dornan’s Army: Back for Another Year”

Honorable Mention, sports story: Natasha Rausch, “Game Changer”

Honorable Mention, sports photo: Nick Kanaly, “Jordan Combs negotiates the bar on his record-breaking 13-foot vault at the GMC Track and Field meet on May 11.

Next year’s contest deadline is Feb. 28 with entries due to Ohio Professional Writers contest chair Sandi Latimer in Columbus my March 10. Information about the contest can be found at

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