2019 Design of the Year finalists

Oct. 1, 2019

From 1,134 designs submitted from 32 states, judges selected 100 finalists in the National Scholastic Press Association 2019 Design of the Year competition.

Ten finalists have been selected in 10 different categories — newspaper front page, newspaper inside page/spread, newsmagazine cover, newsmagazine page/spread, literary/specialty magazine cover, literary/specialty magazine page/spread, yearbook spread, yearbook theme package, information graphic and illustration.

“With an emphasis placed on packaging verbal and visual content in a reader-friendly way, the finalists demonstrate creativity with typography, white space and color,” Gary Lundgren, associate director and contest coordinator, said. “Design is definitely playing a key role in the evolution of print publications.”

All the finalists will be recognized and the winners announced for the first time at the JEA/NSPA Fall National High School Journalism Convention, Nov. 21-24, 2019, in Washington, D.C., during the NSPA Awards Ceremony on Saturday afternoon.

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Lundgren also noted the growing use of digital illustration in scholastic media with top student designers using Adobe Illustrator and tools like the Adobe Fresco app and Wacom tablets.

First through fifth place winners will be announced in each category with the designers receiving plaques. Five honorable mention winners will receive certificates.

The finalists are presented below in alphabetical order by state.

Newspaper front page


Sydney Boswell, Maxton
Preuninger

Prospective
Bryant High School
Bryant, Arkansas

Elizabeth Posey
Bear Witness
Branham High School
San Jose, California

Cece Giarman
The Broadview
Convent of the Sacred Heart High School
San Francisco, California

Michaela Edlin
Bear Witness
Branham High School
San Jose, California

Naomi James
The Express
Blue Valley Northwest High School
Overland Park, Kansas

Molly Birch, Anikka Thorson
The Update
Herbert Henry Dow High School
Midland, Michigan

Emily Ziessman
Echo
St. Louis Park High School
St. Louis Park, Minnesota

Laura Amador-Toro, Kelly Wei
The Sidekick
Coppell High School
Coppell, Texas

Cianna Chairez
The Dispatch
James Bowie High School
Austin, Texas

Abigail Hill, McKenna Lucas
The Hawk
Hendrickson High School
Pflugerville, Texas

Newspaper page/spread


Jordan Mak
The Nueva Current
The Nueva School
San Mateo, California

Noah Baum, Kaahini Jain, Kiana Tavakoli
The Campanile
Palo Alto High School
Palo Alto, California

Zev Kupferman
The Boiling Point
Shalhevet High School
Los Angeles, California

Lila Tulp
The Harbinger
Shawnee Mission East High School
Overland Park, Kansas

Ellie Bennett
InPrint
Fenton High School
Fenton, Michigan

Kavya Jain, Marta Mieze
The Messenger
Marquette High School
Chesterfield, Missouri

Claire Guo
The Spoke
Conestoga High School
Berwyn, Pennsylvania

Emily Delgado
Eagle Edition
The Episcopal School of Dallas
Dallas, Texas

Francis Nguyen
Cleveland Journal
Cleveland STEM High School
Seattle, Washington

Sophia Dillon
The Apple Leaf
Wenatchee High School
Wenatchee, Washington

Newsmagazine cover


Gila Winefeld
Verde
Palo Alto High School
Palo Alto, California

Taylor Siebert
Black and White
Johnston High School
Johnston, Iowa

Mikayla Kaufman
The Budget
Lawrence High School
Lawrence, Kansas

Naomi James
The Express
Blue Valley Northwest High School
Overland Park, Kansas

Nick Lamberti
The Tiger Print
Blue Valley High School
Overland Park, Kansas

Francisco Jimenez, Jena Pae
North Star
Francis Howell North High School
Saint Charles, Missouri

Owen Piehl
The Courier
Mandan High School
Mandan, North Dakota

Mckenna Lewis
Spark
Lakota East High School
Liberty Township, Ohio

Kelsey Tasch
The Shield
McCallum High School
Austin, Texas

Alexa Clark, Elizabeth Dawes
The Hawk Talk
James Madison High School
Vienna, Virginia

Newsmagazine page/spread


Samantha Ferro, Niulan Wright
The Tam News
Tamalpais High School
Mill Valley, California

Zakir Ahmad, Alex Feng
Verde
Palo Alto High School
Palo Alto, California

Ahilyn Aguilar, Parker North
The BluePrint
Hagerty High School
Oviedo, Florida

Ethan Mullen
The C&G
Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School
Atlanta, Georgia

Amy Liao
West Side Story
Iowa City West High School
Iowa City, Iowa

Kennedy Kramer, Chelsea Park
Illumination
Blue Valley West High School
Overland Park, Kansas

Jackson Bry
Panorama
Ladue Horton Watkins High School
St. Louis, Missouri

Kamryn Rogers, Ava Stoltz
Le Journal
Notre Dame de Sion High School
Kansas City, Missouri

Annie O’Brien
The Kirkwood Call
Kirkwood High School
Kirkwood, Missouri

Lauren Maier
Spark
Lakota East High School
Liberty Township, Ohio

Literary/specialty magazine page/spread


Griffin Dumont
Ingenium
McGill-Toolen Catholic High School
Mobile, Alabama

Sam Grizelj
Artifex
Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School
Parkland, Florida

Emma Howard, Freeman Spray
Graffiti Magazine
Lawrence High School
Lawrence, Kansas

Emma Howard, Freeman Spray
Graffiti Magazine
Lawrence High School
Lawrence, Kansas

Kavya Jain
The Messenger
Marquette High School
Chesterfield, Missouri

Caroline Drew
The Network
Marian High School
Omaha, Nebraska

Natalie Thulien
Roars and Whispers
Providence Senior High School
Charlotte, North Carolina

Hadley Mattocks
Itinerary
The Episcopal School of Dallas
Dallas, Texas

Nathan Han
Focus
St. Mark’s School of Texas
Dallas, Texas

Sarah Allen, Nicole McCormick
The Walrus
Saint Mary’s Hall Upper School
San Antonio, Texas

Yearbook spread


Hannah Ilao, Ashleigh Soto
El Corazon
El Camino Real Charter High School
Woodland Hills, California

Emily Cowles
Details
Whitney High School
Rocklin, California

Tara Carroll, Caroline Dixon
Tigrium
Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy
Melbourne, Florida

Madison Sophia
Fusion
Hagerty High School
Oviedo, Florida

Alieu Jagne
The Lair
Shawnee Mission Northwest High School
Shawnee, Kansas

Noah Ginsberg
Red & Black
Lawrence High School
Lawrence, Kansas

Logan Dorsey, Mia Moore
Lone Star
James Bowie High School
Austin, Texas

Lexi Harris
The Lion
McKinney High School
McKinney, Texas

Mason Slover
The Lonestar
Vista Ridge High School
Cedar Park, Texas

Savannah Gery
The Arena
Legacy High School
Mansfield, Texas

Information graphic


Jocelyn Huang
The King’s Courier
El Camino Real Charter High School
Woodland Hills, California

Laura Alvarez
Pep O’ Plant
H.B. Plant High School
Tampa, Florida

Staff
Salmagundi
Seminole High School
Sanford, Florida

Jackie Hur, Hari Patel
HiLite
Carmel High School
Carmel, Indiana

Kimball Gogel, Lilah Powlas
Hauberk
Shawnee Mission East High School
Prairie Village, Kansas

Sami Turner
The Budget
Lawrence High School
Lawrence, Kansas

Ethan Schreiber
The Lair
Shawnee Mission Northwest High School
Shawnee, Kansas

Anna Xu, Moy Zhong
The Rock
Rock Bridge High School
Columbia, Missouri

Angelina DeGuzman
Pilot’s Log
Hasbrouck Heights High School
Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey

Elizabeth Dawes
The Hawk Talk
James Madison High School
Vienna, Virginia

Illustration


Alyssa Koh
Details
Whitney High School
Rockin, California

Kayla Lee
The Mirror
Van Nuys High School
Van Nuys, California

Staff
Salmagundi
Seminole High School
Sanford, Florida

Crystal Kim
West Side Story
Iowa City West High School
Iowa City, Iowa

Nick Lamberti
The Tiger Print
Blue Valley High School
Overland Park, Kansas

Lilah Powlas
Hauberk
Shawnee Mission East High School
Prairie Village, Kansas

Carson Sando
Knight Errant Quarterly
Benilde-St. Margaret’s
St. Louis Park, Minnesota

Kyndal Propst
Quatralog
Fred T. Foard High School
Newton, North Carolina

Maddie Shrager
The Courier
Olentangy Orange High School
Lewis Center, Ohio

Jack Stenzel
The Highlander
McLean High School
McLean, Virginia

Literary/specialty magazine cover


Carleigh Dickinson, Gillian Dickinson
Seeds in the Black Earth
Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts
West Palm Beach, Florida

Zora Lotton-Barker, Freeman Spray
Red & Black
Lawrence High School
Lawrence, Kansas

Mira Simonton-Chao
The Communicator
Community High School
Ann Arbor, Michigan

Cecilia Mohacsi
Le Journal
Notre Dame de Sion High School
Kansas City, Missouri

Gracie Boyce, Laurel Davis
Psyche
Richland Northeast High School
Columbia, South Carolina

Ishan Gupta, Tyler Nussbaumer, Austin Zang
The Scientific Marksman
St. Mark’s School of Texas
Dallas, Texas

Isaiah Sheets
The Talon News
Argyle High School
Argyle, Texas

Andrew David Crowe
Focus
St. Mark’s School of Texas
Dallas, Texas

Sayrin Kang, Ana Catarina Medas
Opus Silver Linings
Oakton High School
Vienna, Virginia

Frances Mackinnon
The Tartan
Homestead High School
Mequon, Wisconsin

Yearbook theme package


Hannah Ilao
El Corazon
El Camino Real Charter High
School
Woodland Hills, California

Samantha DeMers, Tucker Reichow, Rebecca Wadsworth
Reflections
Brighton High School
Brighton, Colorado

Caroline Dixon, Hanya Irfan
Tigrium
Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy
Melbourne, Florida

Ananya Asthana, Natalie Bakwin, Marisa McGehee, Yael Rolnik, Alexis Tyndall
U-Highlights
University of Chicago Laboratory High School
Chicago, Illinois

Staff
Hauberk
Shawnee Mission East High School
Prairie Village, Kansas

Ethan Schreiber
The Lair
Shawnee Mission Northwest High School
Shawnee, Kansas

Lilly Concannon, Megan Flanagan
Le Flambeau
Notre Dame de Sion High School
Kansas City, Missouri

Sydney Anderson, Lexi Harris, Kayla Thompson
The Lion
McKinney High School
McKinney, Texas

Staff
Kodiak
Bridgeland High School
Cypress, Texas

Cynthia Plasencio, Mason Slover
The Lonestar
Vista Ridge High School
Cedar Park, Texas