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2015 MJEA All-State Team

The Missouri Journalism Education Association All-State Journalism Team recognizes those students who have proven themselves to be indispensable to their respective school media, recognizing those students who are “most valuable players” — those students whose leadership, energy, dedication, and expertise make their publications possible but whose main contributions often occur behind the scenes.

A student journalist had to be nominated by his or her adviser, who must be a member of the MJEA.

Members of the 2014-15 team:

  • Brakhane_100Molly Brakhane, a senior at Jackson High School in Jackson, has been a journalist all four years of high school. She worked on both the yearbook and newspaper in ninth grade at the Jackson Junior High before focusing on the high school newspaper staff 10th through 12th grades, culminating in her Editor-in-Chief position year. In addition to journalism, Molly maintains a 3.86/4.0 GPA, is a member of the swim team, and lifeguards in the summer. Her adviser is Kara Cracraft.
  • Goodlow_100Darlise Goodlow is the clubs editor and business manager for the McCluer North Polaris yearbook. She organized, designed and managed the clubs section, which the book didn’t have the previous year. As business manager, she entered and kept track of all yearbook sales. She also designed the senior ads and index.  A three-year member of the publications program, Darlise was instrumental in developing the theme for the 2015 book “Did you catch that?” at a summer workshop. Her adviser is Jonathan Hall.
  • henke_100Marina Henke is the News Editor of the Globe at Clayton High School. Marina is a leader as an editor and a community builder. She seeks to cultivate the same passion in others that she reflects daily. She consistently steps outside of her role as a section editor to mentor younger staff members and tackle complex stories with a thoughtful and sensitive approach. Marina is interested in the vision and purpose of what we do and is dedicated to the care and keeping of that deep purpose. She is advised by Erin Castellano.
  • Hubbard_100v2Marissa Hubbard is a senior from Staley High School in Kansas City. She has been in journalism for four years, starting in the introductory course her freshman year before joining Talon newspaper staff the following year. She has been an award-winning reporter and copy editor for three years. She is a member of Quill and Scroll National Honor Society and has earned several regional, state and national journalism awards. She plans to attend the University of Missouri in the fall of 2015 and major in journalism. Her adviser is Cherié Burgett.
  • Hubert_100Claire Hubert of Kirkwood High School is the Pioneer yearbook editor in chief and has been on staff three years also serving as a writer and copy editor. She is co-president of the KHS Quill & Scroll chapter. Her writing has earned Best of Show (’13 SSP), Excellent (JEA ’14 and Q&S) as well as other awards. She is advised by Mitch Eden.
  • jenkins_ashleighAshleigh Jenkins is a senior from Francis Howell North High School in St. Charles. She has served as Director of Photography this year, overseeing photography for all media in the program. She is a member of Quill and Scroll National Honor Society and has earned several regional, state and national journalism awards for her writing and photography work. Her adviser is Aaron Manfull.
  • miller_100Matthew Parker Miller is a junior at Richland R-1 School and this is his first year in the yearbook program. Miller, who is the assistant editor of the yearbook this year, only participated in one photo shoot his sophomore year – where he took an award winning photo at graduation. Parker’s dedication to yearbook is so great that he used it this year to ask his date to prom – placing the request in an ad and then he had her spellcheck the advertisement to make sure it was correct. He is advised by Kyle Carter.
  • russell_100Madison “Maddie” Russell, an Oak Park High School junior has worked on The Northmen’s Log newsmagazine for two years. She is a co-editor, designer, writer and photographer; and the next editor-in-chief. She is also in Oak Street select show choir, NHS and a capella choir. “I started journalism because there are many untold stories out there that deserve to be told and seen by people.” Her adviser is Christina Geabhart.
  • putney_100Tyler Putney, from Raymore-Peculiar High School, has been a member of the Ray-Pec Now media department for 3 years.  He developed a sports media team and has lead that group of student journalists as Editor in Chief of the sports publications.  In addition to his Editor in Chief role he serves as anchor of KPTV Panther Television, the school’s weekly broadcast show.  Tyler has also interned for the local community newspaper covering local high school sports. His adviser is Stefanie Russ.
  • willibey_100Emma Willibey is one of three editors-in-chief of the Dart, the newspaper of St. Teresa’s Academy in Kansas City. Enthusiastic about Kansas City’s A&E scene, she has profiled institutions from the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art to Folk Alliance International. She hopes to pursue journalism as an extracurricular activity at Barnard College, which she will attend next fall. She is advised by Brad Lewis.

Fowler_100In addition to the All-State team, Jennifer Fowler of McCluer North earned Special Recognition for her Ferguson coverage this year. Fowler is a senior and two-year editor-in-chief of the McCluer North Stargazer newspaper.  She’s been apart of the Stargazer staff since her freshman year, accumulating awards for her reporting and page designs, as well as leading the paper to garner its first superior award at the School Sponsored Publications Conference in March. Fowler also participated in a public relations internship through the communications department of the Ferguson Florissant School District. She plans to attend the University of Missouri.



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2015 MJEA All-State Team