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U. City Earns State Awards for Journalism

UCHS MIPA at Mizzou Congratulations to University City High School journalism students who received an impressive 23 state awards during the Missouri Interscholastic Press Association (MIPA) 2019 Scholastic Journalism Day held March 25 on the Columbia campus of University of Missouri. Student journalists from the U-Times newspaper, U-Times Online and DIAL yearbook were honored for their excellence.

"Putting together our yearbook, newspaper and online newspaper is the ultimate exercise in project-based learning for students,” said Mary Williams, media advisor/English and journalism teacher at the high school. “The authentic experiences include interviewing, photography, graphic design, ad sales and publishing. It is amazing to witness the growth of the students as they work to learn these skills."

All Missouri Awards, the highest of the awards, went to six University City students for their outstanding work in yearbook production, editorial writing and photography.

All Missouri Awards (Individual):

  • Newspaper Editorial (Gambling Addiction) - Elijah Ballard
  • Newspaper Editorial (When You Realize Your Minority Status) - Julian Albright
  • Yearbook Photography Sports Action (Swimming) - Nathan Hill
  • Yearbook Photography Sports Action (Wrestling) - Nacim Hassoun
  • Yearbook Traditional Package (Life in Purple) - Alona Jenkins and Ian Feld


Overall Publication Awards:

  • Superior: DIAL Yearbook, 2017-18 edition - Alona Jenkins and Sierra Tyler, co-editors
  • Superior: U-Times Newspaper - Julian Albright and Linsey Sparks, co-editors
  • Excellent: U-Times Online Newspaper - Eliot Fuller and Julian Albright, co-editors


Online Awards:

  • Excellent: Breaking News Package (Parkland Anniversary) - Eliot Fuller and Linsey Sparks


Newspaper Awards:

  • Superior: News Story (Tinker Returns) - Grace Klein
  • Superior: Newspaper Page Design (Gun Violence) - Linsey Sparks
  • Excellent: Newspaper Editorial (Nike) - Eliot Fuller
  • Honorable Mention: Newspaper Feature Story (Intruder Drills) - Eliot Fuller


Yearbook Awards:

  • Superior: Overall Theme/Concept - Alona Jenkins and Sierra Tyler, co-editors
  • Superior: Yearbook Package Sports Softball (design, writing, photography) - Alona Jenkins and Ian Feld
  • Excellent: Yearbook Design Fashion - Alona Jenkins
  • Honorable Mention, Traditional Package (Art is Life) - Alona Jenkins and Netsanet Belachew
  • Honorable Mention, Yearbook Package Academics Art - Alona Jenkins and Netsanet Belachew


Photography Awards:

  • Superior: Sports Action - Nacim Hassoun
  • Superior: Yearbook Academics - Alona Jenkins
  • Excellent: Portrait Photography - Grace Klein
  • Excellent: Sports Action - Rebecca Rico
  • Excellent: Sports Action - Sierra Tyler
  • Honorable Mention: News Photography - Jaden Brooks
  • Honorable Mention: Sports Action - Linsey Sparks
  • Honorable Mention: Student Life Photography - Elisa Cavaliere

Photo: Journalism students (left to right) U-Times co-editors Linsey Sparks and Julian Albright along with Sydney Lucas and Dial co-editor Alona Jenkins.