2020 Cartoon of the Year

Nov. 21, 2020

National Scholastic Press Association salutes the winners in its 2020 Cartoon of the Year competition —

Comics Journalism

Comic Strip / Panel

Editorial Cartoon

Winners of NSPA Individual Awards and NSPA Pacemaker Awards in broadcast, specialty magazine and newspaper/newsmagazine were announced during the JEA/NSPA Fall National High School Journalism Convention on Nov. 21 in a virtual awards ceremony.

2020 Individual Awards
Broadcast • Cartoon • Design
Digital Story • Photo • Portfolio • Story
Social Justice Reporting • Local Climate Change Reporting
Best Use of Social Media • COVID-19 Coverage
Middle School

Fall 2020 NSPA Pacemaker Awards
Broadcast • Newspaper/Newsmagazine/Specialty Magazine

Fall 2020 Best of Show
JEA/NSPA Fall National High School Journalism Convention,
Nov. 21, 2020

WATCH the awards presentation.

NSPA Awards page

NSPA Awards archive


Comics Journalism

First
Skin deep
Audrey Nguyen
Bear Witness
Branham High School
San Jose, California

Second
What to do to pass time in quarantine
Chloe Sun
HiLite
Carmel High School
Carmel, Indiana

Third
Dear “Real Man”: How does it feel like to show emotion?
Shriya Vanparia
The Sidekick
Coppell High School
Coppell, Texas

Fourth
Undying Love
Snowy Li
Bearing News
Rock Bridge High School
Columbia, Missouri

Honorable Mention
Bras uplift the spirits of some but not all
Kasey Liu
Scot Scoop
Carlmont High School
Belmont, California

Honorable Mention
Quarantine Funny
Joseph Paolucci
Elevate Magazine
Regis Jesuit High School
Aurora, Colorado

Fifth
Let It Snow
Lorelei Dohm
The Rock
Rock Bridge High School
Columbia, Missouri

Honorable Mention
Life in Truth
Alexandra Fernholz
Spark
Lakota East High School
Liberty Township, Ohio


Comic Strip/Panel

First
BIP: Abandon ship
Jordan Moore
The Current
Bear River High School
Grass Valley, California

Second
Cabin fever
Sumner Wooldridge
Eagle Edition
Episcopal School of Dallas
Dallas, Texas

Third
The Nerd Herd Comic Series
Caroline Robbins
Devil’s Advocate
Stanton College Preparatory School
Jacksonville, Florida

Fourth
The Ultimate Pandemic Tragedy
Lexi Romanowsky
Scot Scoop
Carlmont High School
Belmont, California

Fifth
Beautiful Black Hair
Phoebe Raborn
The Tiger
Little Rock Central High School
Little Rock, Arkansas

Honorable Mention
Thanks, Thanksgiving
Angela Ma
The Prospector
Cupertino High School
Cupertino, California

Honorable Mention
Flashbacks
Sharon Noel Somogyi
Eagle Valley Student Media
Eagle Valley High School
Gypsum, Colorado

Honorable Mention
Salty Jenny — “Hallway Herd”
Jennifer Nikolic
Southwords
Maine South High School
Park Ridge, Illinois

Honorable Mention
Productivity over “Corona Break”
Veronica Susovica
Ritenour Live
Ritenour High School
St. Louis, Missouri

Honorable Mention
Freeda of the Press
Mia Fares
Review
St. John’s School
Houston, Texas


Editorial Cartoon

First
Opinion: Missouri voters should remember GOP gerrymandering
Alex Vancil
The Lancer Feed
Lafayette High School
Wildwood, Missouri

Second
Cupertino’s Hierarchy of Needs
Ashley Kang
The Prospector
Cupertino High School
Cupertino, California

Third
Gen Z speaks up
Emily Tan
Winged Post
The Harker School
San Jose, California

Fourth
Thoughts and Prayers
Alexandra Fernholz
Spark
Lakota East High School
Liberty Township, Ohio

Fifth
Common kindness doesn’t end school shootings, despite what media says
Matthew Mapa
The Trinity Voice
Trinity Preparatory School
Winter Park, Florida

Honorable Mention
Flame of Liberty
Emily Tan
Winged Post
The Harker School
San Jose, California

Honorable Mention
Swamped by Safety Measures
Leah Ronkin
The Eagle Eye
Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School
Parkland, Florida

Honorable Mention
The social graveyard
Lilli Sams
Odyssey Media Group
Clarke Central High School
Athens, Georgia

Honorable Mention
Turkey
River Hennick
The Harbinger
Shawnee Mission East High School
Prairie Village, Kansas

Honorable Mention
How to Graduate in 2020
Alexandra Fernholz
Spark
Lakota East High School
Liberty Township, Ohio