Missouri JEA.

2019 All-State journalism team

Ten Missouri high school media staff members have been named to the 2019 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.

Travis Bodell, Lafayette High School

Travis Bodell is a senior and has been on the news staff since sophomore year. He has served as the Social Media Editor, Opinions Editor and is now the Editor-in-Chief. He is involved heavily with the news magazine’s design layout and art curation. Next year, he will be attending the University of Kansas to study Strategic Communication and Graphic Design. As EIC, I am responsible for the oversight of The Lancer Feed and the Image Newsmagazine. I assist staff members in carrying out creative ideas, whether that be through design, photography or video production. This role also involves filling in where I am needing, like writing a brief for a website when available or helping staff members design their spreads. 

Mikayla Bridges, Pattonville High School

Mikayla Bridges is a senior at Pattonville High School and is involved in many extracurricular activities in which she holds high-ranking titles. She is president of the Spanish National Honors Society, director of the Mock Trial team, historian for the Health Occupations Students of America club, and is a leader on the field hockey, wrestling and lacrosse teams. Ranked No. 10 out of 342 students and with 318 community service hours completed, Mikayla plans on attending a 4-year college and majoring in journalism and a focus on pre-med. As editor-in-chief of the Pirate Press, Mikayla helps assign stories to the staff and is responsible for the layout and editing of the entire publication. Every week, Mikayla is responsible for posting articles to the high school journalism website and helps provide story ideas to the rest of the students. In her role as a Pirates Sports Net broadcaster, Mikayla is the voice of Pattonville football and basketball games being live streamed on our Facebook page and website.

Wilhemina Buchholz, Oak Park High School

Senior Mina Buchholz is a senior. She is a staffer on NorthmenNews.com and the Axe, and the editor-in-chief of the Northmen’s Log newsmagazine. Next year, she plans to study journalism at the University of Missouri – Columbia. As editor-in-chief, she leads the newspaper staff, writes for online and creates video packages

Jacob LaGesse, Clayton High School

As co-editor in chief Jacob is responsible for all facets of the Globe. This entails leading a staff of 85 students to produce a top quality magazine. Jaco 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. Jacob (and his co-EIC Michael) is truly the face of the Globe. Jacob has been nationally recognized by the National Scholastic Press Association for his news writing on human trafficking in St. Louis. 

Ericka Loida, Kirkwood High School

Ericka Loida is a senior at Kirkwood High School. Throughout her years at KHS, she has participated on the dance team, volleyball team, track and field team, National Honors Society, and the Pioneer Yearbook. Outside of school she enjoys working at Starbucks, visiting new cities, reading, and watching movies with her friends. For college, she hopes to pursue a marketing, communications, or journalism degree. This year Ericka leads the Pioneer staff with two other senior EICs. Their job entails developing the theme of the yearbook, editing yearbook spreads, solving conflicts, and helping staffers produce quality work. As an Editor in Chief, each day comes with new responsibilities and challenges. No two days are the same. The position also entails collaborations with other editors during lunches, early mornings before school, after school, weekends and late nights.

Haley Anne Mahusay, Staley High School

Haley Anne Mahusay is a senior at Staley High School in Kansas City, Mo., serving as Editor-in-Chief. It is her 4th year of student journalism. In her 1st year on staff, she became a section editor before deciding to teach herself how to draw graphics with the help of YouTube videos. Becoming a graphic design editor as well, she earned awards at the JEA/NSPA national journalism convention. She also earned awards through MJEA and MIPA contests, JEMKC, and was a national winner in the Quill & Scroll International Writing, Photo and Media Contest. I design spreads in Student Life, take photos, draw graphics and writes stories. I created the cover and endsheets for the yearbook and help my staff members explore different design trends. For the past two years, I have also been a part of the magazine staff as a designer and cover artist.

Reide Pearson, Francis Howell North High School

Reide Pearson is a senior editor on the video staff for the Francis Howell North. Pearson has been involved with the publications program since her freshman year. She joined the video staff to continue to push herself creatively. During her involvement, Pearson has helped grow the staff, create a series, flip the way the staff is run and start a documentary. Her dedication to the program has not waivered with her timely videos, self-motivation to learn, and excitement for creating. While I am Chief Editor, responsible for preparing and teaching lessons on varying skills on Adobe, which are most commonly Premiere and After Effects. I help plan calendars for the staff to run smoothly. I spend one day a week working with a team of staffers on improving our live stream program and teaching the program and equipment we use. The last major thing I am responsible for is working with our graphics and promotional teams to help them brainstorm, plan and execute effective videos.

Anya Tullman, Ladue Horton Watkins High School

Anya Tullman is the editor-in-chief of her high school newspaper, the Panorama. Anya is the contributing editor emeritus for the St. Louis Jewish Light’s teen page, Ohr Chadash. This past summer, Anya participated in the Medill-Northwestern Journalism Institute, a highly selective five-week program that included lessons on writing, editing and producing digital media. Anya will be a freshman at the University of Pennsylvania in the fall, where she plans to study political communications. As editor-in-chief of the Panorama, Anya leads story idea pitch, oversees a staff of 50 editors, writers and photographers and edits every page before it goes to print. This year, she facilitated Panorama’s shift from a broadsheet to a newsmagazine style. Every day, she strives to create an atmosphere of passion and collaboration in her newsroom. As contributing editor emeritus of the St. Louis Jewish Light’s teen page, Ohr Chadash, Anya works with a staff of 15 writers and helps run monthly meetings to brainstorm story ideas and news angles of interest to readership. She designs pages on InDesign, edits writers’ articles and writes stories of her own.

Zach Weller, Ladue Horton Watkins High School

Zach Weller is the Photographer-In-Chief for the Panorama Newspaper and Rambler Yearbook. As the first ever PIC for Ladue publications, he works with all photographers and editors to ensure our photography is both high quality and tells a unique story. Weller’s crowning achievement for his senior year on the newspaper staff was The Photo Issue, a newsmagazine dedicated solely to the art of photography in which Weller was the Editor-In-Chief. Weller enjoys environmental photography and intends to continue this pursuit after graduation in May. As Photographer-In-Chief, Zach oversees all photography for our newspaper and yearbook. Zach recruits and trains new photographers, organizes photo assignments, and assists with photo editing for all of our publications. He works with our editors to ensure they communicate with our photographers with what photos they need and what they envision for their designs. As PIC, Zach often picks up the slack if a photographer gets sick or is unable to attend a shoot.

Kate Wyman, Richland High School

Kate is our EIC for our yearbook. She carries a 4.0 GPA, is ranked #1 in her class and will be our valedictorian in May. She has been accepted into the journalism school at Mizzou for the fall of 2019. She has been chapter President of Beta Club for two years and is now the Missouri State Secretary for Beta. She has qualified twice for FBLA nationals with her third attempt coming up in a couple months. She was selected for the first Quill and Scroll Student Advisory Board this past year. Cover photo of Journalism Education Today Spring 2018. Kate is in charge of our entire program, which includes our yearbook. The buck stops with her. She is in charge of scheduling coverage, making sure everyone is meeting deadline, that pages are edited and that everything is done. She is the final say in our program this year.

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2019 All-State journalism team