Journalists place 2nd in State Fair competition


Jordan Coss, Jozabeth Garcia, Tatum Sturdivant and Cody Kretchmar create a video during a journalism competition held at the State Fair in Hutchinson on Sept. 11.

Keyanna Patterson, guest reporter

Journalism students found out Tuesday that they placed 2nd in the Kansas State Fair’s Scholastic Press Corps competition held Sept. 11 in Hutchinson.

Eighteen teams competed in the contest. Northwest’s print team won $50 for being the Reserve Grand Champion.

When the group arrived at the fair around 8 a.m, they set up their equipment and were given until 6 p.m. to make the four page newsletter. The newsletter, named the “Meadowlark Messenger” contained four stories and photos covering activities and attractions at the fair.

“It was intense and down to the wire, but I still had fun,” junior Emily Dulohery said.

Every moment was used to interview, take photos,and design the newsletter.

”The room got a little chaotic towards the end, but I know that they gave it their all; blood, sweat, and tears were put into our publication,” journalism teacher Rebekah Morse said.

The newsletter consisted of topics including a bedazzled bra contest, chicken baths, a talking robot and the dare devil high dive.

Judges rated the publications on design, content, and photography.

“It was 5:59, and the deadline was 6 p.m., so we saved everything to the flashdrive and I had to sprint to the judge’s table to make it in time,” senior Cody Kretchmar said.

In addition to Dulohery and Kretchmar, print team members included seniors Taylor Allen and Madison McCollum.

Video team members included juniors Mira Smith, Tatum Sturdivant, Grace Wilkinson, senior Jozabeth Garcia and sophomore Jordan Coss.