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2018 All-State Journalism Team

Ten Missouri high school media staff members have been named to the 2018 All-State Journalism Team, sponsored by the Missouri Journalism Education Association.

The 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. Each member of the All-State Journalism Team will receive a certificate and a special engraved pen.

Noah Brown, Clayton

As co-editor in chief Noah is responsible for all facets of the Globe newsmagazine. This entails leading a staff of 85 students to produce a top quality magazine. Noah organizes the staff and staff meetings, coaches writers on their work, chooses the stories that appear in the print magazine, in addition to writing top-quality stories himself. Noah (and his co-EIC Mita) is truly the face of the Globe in the Clayton School District.

Noah Brown is co-Editor in Chief of the Clayton High School Globe newsmagazine. Noah has been nationally recognized by the National Scholastic Press Association for his opinion writing on the state of journalism under the Trump Administration. Noah will also be honored this spring with the JEA Diversity award for his reporting on equity, the Stockley Verdict and refugees in St. Louis

Mitali Sharma, Clayton

As co-editor in chief Mita is responsible for all facets of the Globe newsmagazine. This entails leading a staff of 85 students to produce a top quality magazine. Mita organizes the staff and staff meetings, coaches writers on their work, chooses the stories that appear in the print magazine, in addition to writing top-quality stories herself. Mita (and her co-EIC Noah) is truly the face of the Globe in the Clayton School District.

Mitali Sharma is co-Editor in Chief of the Clayton High School Globe newsmagazine. Mita has been nationally recognized by the National Scholastic Press Association for her news reporting and writing on the Heroin Epidemic in the City of St. Louis as well as the broader region. Mita will also be honored this spring with the JEA Diversity award for her reporting on equity, refugees in St. Louis, among other issues.

Skylar Laird, Francis Howell Central

Skylar helps run our newspaper and website. She has been a member of publications for three years and this is her second year as an editor. She is largely responsible for helping reporters with their reporting and writing but also designs pages. She spends a lot of time editing the work of others to help make it better. In addition, she’s responsible for making photo assignments are made for the newspaper and website. She will be attending the University of Missouri Journalism School in the fall. In 2016, she attended the Washington Journalism and Media Conference at George Mason University.

Guadalupe Medina, Francis Howell North

Lupe has been a member of video staff for two years. While balancing a part-time job and working as a freelancer with her father, she maintains an above 4.0 GPA. Medina is active in her community by helping out as needed through the National Honor Society and the Quill and Scroll International Honorary Society.

Editor who leads the video editing charge. She is in charge of staff training of different Adobe applications such as Premiere and Audition and offering tips with all editing aspects.

Elyse Luecke, Grand Center Arts

Elyse Luecke lives in St. Louis and is a senior at Grand Center Arts Academy. She is managing editor of her school’s student news website and Expression yearbook, a soprano in advanced choir, a student in a college preparatory program, College Bound, and a “Little Sister” in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. In 2016, she attended the Washington Journalism and Media Conference at George Mason University. In 2017, she attended the Communications Institute at Washington University in St. Louis and Princeton Summer Journalism Program.

The Managing Editor works with yearbook and web editors-in-chief to ensure that the publication demands of each are being met by staff, creates story assignments and deadlines for all publications, works with design, and photo editors to create assignments and deadlines. This position also entails that the student leads staff meetings, editorial board meetings, and reports to the adviser. They are also expected to sell yearbook ads, complete their own yearbook and website content, and any other tasks as needed.

Hannah Cohen, Kirkwood

Hannah Cohen is an editor-in-chief for the nationally recognized Kirkwood Call newsmagazine and website at Kirkwood High School in Missouri. She has been on staff for three years with an initial role on social media, progressing to social media editor and now into an all-around leader. It is the Call’s 100th anniversary this year and through managing a complete web redesign, social media re-platform and print constant upgrades has strived to make it TKC’s best year yet.

Overseeing the work being produced and communication of the staff. This is a largely an organizational role that requires excellent time management skills to delegate tasks between staffs so I can see what everyone is producing. It’s the role of the EIC to make sure the publication is functioning efficiently and creating quality content.

Lily Hauptman, Ladue

Lily Hauptman is a senior at Ladue High School. She is the Editor-in-Chief of the Ladue High School newspaper, “Panorama” and Contributing Editor Emeritus of the teen section of a local newspaper, “Ohr Chadash.” Her favorite aspect of journalism is that it allows her to connect with other people and learn more about her surroundings. Lily is also a Captain of her school’s cheerleading team that includes students with and without disabilities, the Vice President of the Ladue German Honor Society and the Treasurer of Student Council.

As Editor-in-Chief of the Ladue High School “Panorama,” I edit articles and infographics, answer questions from section editors, design the covers and lead story pitch meetings. I help editors and writers brainstorm ideas and work through the story writing process. In order for the section editors to have all of their pages “finaled,” I must edit each page until I see fit; this means that I may spend 18 hours on journalism during production weeks. I also write staff editorials. As the Contributing Editor Emeritus of the teen section of a local newspaper, I write opinions articles and help the Editors-in-Chief with layout.

Liza King, Richland

Liza is a junior at Richland R-1 School and is planning to attend Mississippi State University and major in Business with a minor in Journalism. She was selected student of the Month for our high school in October of last year and has been nominated two other times for the honor. She plays softball, is President of the Future Business Leaders of America and is also active in Richland’s Student Council. Liza is a regular on our Principals Scholars list, meaning she normally carries a straight 4.0 throughout her classes.

Our Page Editor is responsible for our book from cover to cover. They are in charge of scheduling coverage for events as well as teaching the staff pagination, writing and the specifics of our design for our book. The position of page editor is the equivalent of assistant editor to the EIC on other staffs.

Haylee Roberts, Staley

Haylee Roberts is a junior at Staley High School in Kansas City who serves as editor-in-chief of Talon magazine. She has been part of the award-winning journalism program for three years and is the only journalist in school history never to miss a deadline. She has been copy editor for two years and online editor for one year before being promoted. Haylee has developed her skills in design, writing and photography as well as leadership over the past three years.

Haylee Roberts is editor-in-chief, copy editor and sports section editor for Talon magazine. She runs story day, creates the ladder, motivates staff and still works on all her own assignments. She reads every piece of copy that goes into the magazine before it is a final copy, and she deals with keeping a big group of seniors in check. She also designs, writes and takes photos.

Katie Bullock, Winnetonka

Katie Bullock is a junior in her second year on publications staff at Winnetonka High School in Kansas City. She is the editor-in-chief of both the online news site, Tonka News, and the monthly newsmagazine, Griffin Rites. She also runs the news operations social media outlets. Besides journalism responsibilities, Bullock is a member of the orchestra, a two-sport athlete and active in the poetry club, Key Club, NHS, FCA and other clubs. She is currently first in her class with a 4.2 GPA.

Leads the news-editorial planning meetings, leading content decisions for the newspaper and assigning stories to staff
o Takes the leading role in the design and appearance of the newspaper and helps decide the placement of each story
o Designs and builds the front and back pages
o Serves as editor of all stories
o Serves as problem solver and liaison between the staff and the adviser
o Sets and helps meet all deadlines
o Proofs all pages before they are printed; Makes final changes on the newspaper
o Maintains TonkaNews.com website
o Makes final decisions on what stories are placed on the news website.
o Takes the leading role in the design and appearance of the website and helps decide the placement of each story.
o Writes and posts at least one interactive story per week

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2018 All-State Journalism Team