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2016 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 2015-16 team:

final-atkinsonShannon Atkinson is a senior at Francis Howell North High School in St. Charles. She has been a journalist on the Excalibur yearbook staff since her sophomore year and has served as a co-weekly and student life editor for the past two. She dedicates her time daily to guiding a team of Excalibur staffers in planning each chronological spread; teaching her peers new skills, pushing them to meet deadlines and re-imagining ways to make the book better and incorporate media. Shannon is also a member of Quill and Scroll. In her essay she said, “For me, journalism is about stepping out of my comfort zone and reporting news in a timely, respectable manner. I feel as if I have done this very well. I’m not afraid to talk to people I don’t know or to tell a story about something I don’t know much about. I feel that I am approachable and respectful, and I feel that my advisors, staffers, editors and peers see that too. I take pride in my work, and have worked extremely hard to get to where I am today. I love what I do, and I’m proud of not only myself, but the entirety of my school’s publication team. Her adviser is Jordyn Kiel.

final-bernardAlex Bernard serves as editor in chief of The Globe at Clayton High School in Clayton. Alex has worked on the Globe staff for the past three years. Alex approaches her role as Editor in Chief as a true leader who is in the service of others. She motivates her staff by consistently mentoring other editors and reporters, with a deep interest in developing the Globe community. Alex has been recognized at the national, state and local level for her scholastic journalism work. In her essay, she said, “I am most proud of the change I have been able to help affect around my community and school district.” She is advised by Erin Castellano.

final-davidsonCorey Davidson is a senior and is in his third year of journalism at Jackson High School in Jackson, where he serves as editor in chief of the high school paper. Corey fulfills his duties with enthusiasm and seriousness, devoting much of his time and energy both during and outside of school to make the paper great. He is the middle child of three kids, works at McDonald’s, and loves self-improvement. He has been accepted to the University of Missouri at Columbia and plans to major in broadcast journalism. In his essay, he wrote, “Good Journalism, as I define it, is honest and passion-driven. A reporter should love his work, and do it all truthfully. Journalism’s role in society is to inform the people of powers greater than them; to entertain and appeal to readers and writers alike.” He is advised by Kara Brown.

final-flachJessica Flach is a senior at Lindbergh High School in St. Louis.She has been a member of the Spirit Yearbook for three years. She served her first year on staff as the copy editor and since then has been promoted to editor in chief, a role she has maintained for the past two years  In addition to Yearbook, Jessica is a peer tutor in the Lindbergh Writing Center, has been on Marching Band all four years of high school, and is involved in her church youth group, National Honor Society, Link Crew and math tutoring. In her essay, she said, “I love yearbook because it forces me to depend on other people, which isn’t very common in other classes. I have to reach out to others and give them tasks or ask for me. Yearbook has made me a better personit made me a team player. She is advised by Carrie Rapp.

final-hoglandJohn Erik Hoglund is currently in third year on the Mehlville Media staff at Mehlville High School in St. Louis. He is the editor in chief of the newspaper after building his way up from being a reporter and sports editor in previous years. Hoglund also edits the website and social media accounts daily while producing several videos for Mehlville Today, including his popular ‘Johnny Vs.’ videos. He also works on the Mehlville Reflector yearbook. Hoglund plans on majoring in sports journalism at the the University of Missouri – Columbia. In his essay, he wrote, “I am most proud of the mark I leave on students and staff with my work. Hearing positive feedback from people of all ages always brightens my day and encourages me to continue pouring my heart and soul into the Mehlville journalism program. He is advised by Erin Moeckel.

final-orlandoAlicia Orlando is a junior at Liberty High School in Lake Saint Louis and is co-editor in chief of the Talon yearbook. She is in charge of helping to lead the staff in meetings, layout and design and editing. She does a lot of design work by keeping the theme consistent in the book.In addition to being publications editor, she is president of the Future Business Leaders of America club where she has competed at the state level. She also attends 2 Rivers Church and participates in their youth group regularly. In her essay, she wrote, “I take pride in our publications, as I spend an immense amount of time making sure every page in our yearbook and newspaper are reaching their full potential.” She is advised by Jonathan Hall.

final-pinkleyKatie Pinkley is a junior at Richland R-1 School in Essex .Often she can be found teaching photography to a fellow student (of her school or others), or she can be found in the rafters of her school’s gym or the pit of a concert hall looking for the best angle to cover a subject. Pinkley has received various photography awards over the years from Quill & Scroll, MJEA, Ball State and others. She will be taking over the position of editor In chief her senior year for The Rebel, Richland’s school yearbook.In he essay, she wrote, “I am a journalist. For me, that carries as much weight as I am a high school student or I am a Pinkley – it’s a fact. Journalism has become a way of life for me. Whether I am shooting a high school basketball game, college football at Mississippi State, elementary family fun night or the opening night of Brad Paisley’s “Crushin’ It” tour, I always do it to the best of my abilities. For me, home is not a location – it is behind my camera, in whatever location I find myself.” Her adviser is Kyle Carter.

final-sewellAmber Sewell is a senior at Clinton High School in Clinton. She has been on the yearbook staff for three years and served as editor for the past two. She has attended the Washington Journalism and Media Conference as well as Media Now and Walsworth Elite Weekend. She is also involved in FBLA and Art Club. She is a boys’ basketball manager. She is very involved with the Northeast Baptist Church Acteens. She has an older brother and a younger sister. She wrote, “Good journalism means reporting  on the truth. It means not getting swayed by your beliefs because they don’t matter at the end of the day;  the truth is what matters”. She is advised by Leslie Largent.

final-truloveKyndall Truelove is a senior and is editor in chief of Legacy yearbook at Staley High School in Kansas City.. She has been in print journalism for four years. Last year, she also joined STTV broadcasting staff. This is her second year being on STTV staff as a reporter, anchor, director and several other positions in the control room. In her essay, she wrote, “The most enjoyable thing about journalism is getting the inside story, the whole story, and the real story. I believe too many people live off of hearsay, and I think it is my duty as a journalist to inform them of the facts.” Her adviser is Cherie Burgett.

mjea-welkerHolly Welker is junior at Jefferson High School in Festus. She has maintained a 4.0 GPA while taking honors and dual-credit courses and has scored a 30 on the ACT. This is no small accomplishment for a student so actively involved in school. She is a distinguished three-sport athlete, including a state-winning track athlete. She is a member of National Honor Society, Student Council and vice president of the junior class. Holly has aspirations of attending Mizzou and majoring in journalism. In her essay, she wrote, “Even though it is hard work, Journalism is my favorite class. Unlike the typical English class, I can express myself through my articles; I can write about anything. I love being able to share my ideas with the school and to connect with students that I have never met.” Her adviser is Christy Hueter.

final-wrightMeredith Wright is a senior at Kirkwood High School in Kirkwood where she serves as the editor in chief of The Kirkwood Call newsmagazine and thekirkwoodcall.com.She leads a staff of 84, including web staffers, writers, photographers, artists and business staffers. In addition to Call responsibilities,she has been a class officer for four years, a member of National Honor Society, a member of German Honor Society, Vice President of Quill and Scroll, German Club Secretary,marching band drumline member and a varsity athlete. In her essay, she said, “We challenge our writers to be people before journalists and the proudest I have been is witnessing students of 16 or 17 years old, report stories better than some national sources.” She is advised by Mitch Eden.

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