Missouri JEA.

2020 All-State team

Cassie Beisheim

Cassie Beisheim has been a part of Ladue Publications for three years. She has previously been an opinions editor, and is now a head design editor for Panorama Newsmagazine and co-editor-in-chief and founder of Melodrama Arts & Culture Magazine. She has won numerous design and story awards from 2019 MJEA opinions story of the year, to 2018 fourth place NSPA specialty magazine design. She has also created a mobile app prototype for her school’s publications, and intends to continue her study of journalism in college. “As a head design editor for the Panorama Newsmagazine and co-editor-in-chief/founder of Melodrama Arts & Culture Magazine, I strive to expand the boundaries of what we deem possible on our staff. I draw out design layouts for each page we publish, take art requests and create art, and help each editor create the pages we envision. Alongside this, I co-founded a new magazine this year to appeal to our student body’s more cultural and political interests. Lastly, I have written numerous hard-hitting editorials and columns over the years,” Beisheim said.

Makenzie Hooton

Editor in chief holds story meetings, creates ladder, makes assignments, motivates staff, leads staff, finishes any assignments that don’t get completed, finishes magazine and sends to printer. She also is a writer, designer, graphic artist and photographer. Makenzie Hooton is a senior at Staley High School and has been on the newsmagazine staff since her sophomore year. She was the managing editor her junior year and now holds the editor-in-chief position as a senior. Makenzie is also the vice president for Heath Occupations Students of America and the historian for National Honor Society. She is involved in the Quill and Scroll International Honor Society, art club, BETA club and varsity track and field. Makenzie has won numerous awards for her designs and has been nationally recognized.

Thomas Jamison

Created and managed podcast studio, produced standard-setting podcasts, advertise podcasts on various media forms, expand podcast outreach onto various media, manage and oversee podcasters and their work. Thomas Jamison is a senior at Francis Howell North. In his single year in journalism, he founded the podcasting section of FHNTodayTV and serves as the Podcasting Editor. Thomas enjoys creating podcasts and food review videos, as well as broadcasting sports for the FHNToday team. Outside of journalism, Thomas participates in ultimate frisbee, DECA, National Honors Society, and is the President of Future Business Leaders of America. Thomas will continue his journalism career at Mizzou in the Fall of 2020.

Kenzi Jones

Yearbook Editor-in-chief entails creating staff assignments, editing proofs and overseeing corrections, communicating with editors, developing a daily class plan, managing deadlines, and organization. Kenzi Jones is a senior and has been involved in RayPecNOW for four years. She served as assistant Editor-in-chief of The Panther yearbook, is currently Editor-in-chief, has won five journalism awards, and is in the top 20 percent of her class. Kenzi organizes staff and editor meetings, tracks deadlines, and works to produce quality content. She is dedicated, self-motivated, spreads positive energy, and works to help others.

Anna Liner

Anna is one of the Head Design Editors for the Panorama. As a design editor, she works with all sections in our newsmagazine to perfect design from the first sketching stages to the final look. Additionally, she helps oversee art assignments for each section as well as create a large portion of art myself for Pano using programs like Procreate. Lastly, she is one of the Editor-in-Chief’s for our first arts and culture magazine, the Melodrama, which features St. Louis youth culture and student submissions. Anna Liner is one of the Head Design Editors of her high school newsmagazine, the Panorama. Anna is also an Editor in Chief of her high school’s arts and culture magazine, the Melodrama. She is passionate about art and is responsible for overseeing the style of the newsmagazine as well as the design for Melodrama’s submissions. Anna has attended the Kode with Klossy coding camp for girls where she created a prototype mobile news app for the Panorama this past summer, and is eager to study computer science and design in college.

Emma Lingo

Editors-in-Chief are expected to lead with dedication and humility, according to adviser Kirkwood adviser Mitch Eden. On our publication, editors-in-chief co-lead with numerous other editors to help produce top-tier work and mentor new staffers. They are responsible for overseeing the day-to-day of the newsmagazine, website, and social media and helping build systems to set the publication up for success throughout the school year. They often take on miscellaneous tasks and act as a spokesperson for the publication. Emma Lingo spends her time leading with energy and passion as an editor-in-chief for her school paper, volunteering for numerous community organizations, and being vocal about social justice issues. Emma is active with many clubs such as her own book club, Youth and Government, and National Honor Society. In the future, she hopes to be a journalist and advocate for the less fortunate of us.

Ivonee Mejia

As a Copy Editor, this position entails that I look over the articles of my fellow journalists and correct any grammatical or spelling errors I may find in their article and make sure that they write in a journalistic style of writing. Second, I recommend anything that their story needs improvement on or if they need to reinterview their sources for better quotes. Ivonee Morales-Mejia is a senior and has been on staff since junior year. In her two years on staff, she was a writer to the Copy Editor, Designer, and Illustrator for the Northmen’s Log magazine. Next year, she will be attending the University of Missouri-Kansas City to study Marketing with a minor in Film or Studio Art. As the Copy Editor, I look over my staff member’s writing and make sure their articles are worthy of publishing. Ivonee also won MJEA’s News Story of the Year in 2019 during her first year as a staff member and journalist.

Dacie Ritch

Our Photo Editor is in charge of scheduling and updating our coverage board as well as keeping the inventory log for all our camera gear, including all the camera gear housed inside and outside the safe. The PE also in charge of teaching new and incoming staffers photography, including settings, positions, different lens options, and how and when to use a flash. This is a very time consuming, thankless job, but a necessity for us to maintain and further our knowledge of photography for our staff. Dacie is the Photo Editor for The Rebel and is the backbone of our staff. She works with our staff, and many other yearbook staffs, to ensure that students capture peak action during athletic events. She has shot on the professional level many times and won countless awards (including a Sweepstakes Award from Quill & Scroll), but finds great joy in the selfless act of teaching others and watching them achieve. Often she can be found hanging an overhead camera, working on pages before and after school, or assisting other students with work.

Grace Snelling

As Editor-in-Chief for Clayton High School’s newsmagazine, the Globe, a majority of my time is spent making sure that everything is running smoothly for our staff of about 80 students. During the week, I am editing and revising stories, running meetings, and speaking with reporters about what they’re working on. Outside of the school day I am writing and designing my own articles, as well as helping others with their current projects. Grace Snelling is the Editor in Chief of the Clayton High School Globe Newsmagazine. During her four years of journalism at CHS she has been recognized with multiple national awards from NSPA and CSPA for her writing and reporting. As Editor in Chief, Grace is responsible for managing a staff of 80 student reporters and editors as well as seeing every print issue of the Globe from the idea phase all the way to the final version of the publication.

Jack Weaver

Jack oversees all of the social media accounts for our publications (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook) and maintains a rotating schedule of social media posts to those accounts that include both links to online stories on our Lancer Feed website as well as additional regular coverage on social media. He is responsible for assigning, editing and posting all of those stories. Jack also is responsible for all video content produced by the Digital Media Production class. He makes assignments, follows up on production, approves final videos,, etc. He also serves as one of our main staff photographers for the yearbook. Jack Weaver is a senior, and this is his fourth year on both the Image staff and the Digital Media staff. He is Digital Media Editor and Social Media Editor, along with being a photographer. Outside of publications, he is involved in National Honor Society and FBLA. In his free time, he enjoys detailing cars and messing with cameras. He will be attending the University of Kentucky next fall to study Business Management and Communications.

Shannon Worley

Shannon oversees the entire production process of the 320-page yearbook at Lafayette High School which includes a staff of 20 students. She makes final decisions on content and coverage and is also responsible for ensuring that the theme is carried out through the book. She designed the theme concept as well as the cover, endsheets, title page, opening and division pages. She has the final approval on all pages before they are uploaded to the printer. She oversees all staff training and the production calendar as well as scheduling photo assignments. She is also one of the most active photographers for the student publications program. She also is responsible for the social media posts contributed by yearbook staff members to The Lancer Feed’s Instagram account which includes a Picture of the Week post and People of Lafayette coverage completed by yearbook staff members. Shannon is a senior who has been on yearbook for 3 years. She is active in Lafayette’s choir and theater programs and serves on the STL Spark board which promoted Dressember to raise awareness of human trafficking. She is a worship leader at her church where she is also a small group leader for 6-7th grade girls. She helped start LHS FUEL (Fellowship Unites Every Lancer) which meets weekly. She writes for Wildhorse Creek Living Magazine and works part-time at PM BBQ. She will attend the University of Missouri to study journalism and sociology.

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2020 All-State team