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2019 Story of the Year winners

The Missouri Journalism Education Association is pleased to announce the Story of the Year winners for 2018-2019.

Feature Story of the Year 

The feature story winners are Lila Taylor and Grace Snelling of Clayton High School for their story “Overprescribed” and Sarah Zimmerman of Francis Howell North High School for her story “Peace, Prejudice and Positivity.” The finalist for the feature story competition is Amisha Paul of Lafayette High School for the story “Amazing Grace.”

In-Depth Story of the Year

The in-depth story winners are Ally Ortman of Kirkwood High School for her story “Needle in a Haystack” and Eliot Fuller of University City High School for his story “Gun Violence in America.”

The finalist in the in-depth competition are Kayva Jain, Marta Mieze and Kailin Zhang of Marquette High School for their story “Eating Disorders;”  also finalists were Grace Kirtley and Jasmin Kim of Lafayette High School for their story “Culture of Success.”

News Story of the Year

The news story winner is Ivoree Morales-Mejia of Oak Park High School for the story “Students walk out for transgender rights and respect.”

The finalists in the news story competition are Sydney Crump and Connie Chen of Ladue Horton Watkins High School for their story “Saying Goodbye: Ladue Retirement Package Shakes Up School Staff.”

Sports Story of the Year

The sports story winners are Michael Melinger, Jacob LaGesse, Shane LaGesse and James Malone of Clayton High School for their story “Why do we still play football?”

Finalists in this category are Nell Jaskowiak of Parkway West High School for her story “#Wrestlelikeagirl: breaking boundaries and winning medals”  and Claire Huss of Francis Howell North High School for the story “Persevering through defeat.”

Opinion Story of the Year

Cassie Belsheim of Ladue Horton Watkins High School is the winner of the Opinion story of the year for her story “Sushi, smiles and sexual harassment.” Eliot Blackmoore of Clayton High School was named a finalist for his editorial “The death of silence.”

Yearbook Sports Story of the Year

Claire Huss of Francis Howell North High School is the winner of the Yearbook Sports Story of the Year for her story “Double the Wins.” Davina Lettau of Ladue Horton Watkins High School is a finalist in the category for the story “A tough loss makes a new team.”

Yearbook Feature Story of the Year

Alison Cavato of Francis Howell North is the winner of the Yearbook Feature Story of the Year for her story “Power of Parks.” Liza King and Kate Wyman of Richland High School are finalists for their story “Don’t Stop Believin'” and Sarah Hickenbotham of Kirkwood High School is a finalist for her story “Ma(c)king his mark.”

 

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2019 Story of the Year winners