2020 Design of the Year

Nov. 21, 2020

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

Newspaper Front Page

Newspaper Page/Spread

Newsmagazine Cover

Newsmagazine Page/Spread

Literary/Specialty Magazine Cover

Literary/Specialty Magazine Page/Spread

Yearbook Spread

Yearbook Theme Package

Informational graphic

Illustration

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
BroadcastCartoonDesign
Digital StoryPhotoPortfolioStory
Social Justice ReportingLocal Climate Change Reporting
Best Use of Social MediaCOVID-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


Newspaper Front Page

First
Heart of the matter
Margaret Debenport, Owen Smith
Tiger Times
Texas High School
Texarkana, Texas

Second
Learning on a curve
Elizabeth Posey
Bear Witness
Branham High School
San Jose, California

Third
Save Australian Forests
Edward Hahm
Tiger Times
Seoul International School
Seongnam-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea

Fourth
November Front Cover
Taylor Charles, Kalyn Dawes
The Redwood Bark
Redwood High School
Larkspur, California

Fifth
The Final Straw Front
Staff
The Lion’s Roar
Newton South High School
Newton, Massachusetts

Honorable Mention
Measures of success
Staff
Bear Witness
Branham High School
San Jose, California

Honorable Mention
Coronavirus, influenza, whooping cough on the attack
Kayla Lee, Pilar Sims
The Mirror
Van Nuys High School
Van Nuys, California

Honorable Mention
Adventure Awaits
Lila Tulp
The Harbinger
Shawnee Mission East High School
Prairie Village, Kansas

Honorable Mention
Playing the Race Game
Nick Pranske, Charlotte Vanyo
The Sidekick
Coppell High School
Coppell, Texas

Honorable Mention
An unbreakable bond
Ishan Gupta, Charlie Rose, Aaron Thorne, Sid Vattamreddy, Christopher Wang
The ReMarker
St. Mark’s School of Texas
Dallas, Texas


Newspaper Page/Spread

First
Our hidden issue
Sam Ahmed, Colin Campbell, Sid Vattamreddy
The ReMarker
St. Mark’s School of Texas
Dallas, Texas

Second
Not All Super Heros Wear Capes
Megan Frontz
Elevate Magazine
Regis Jesuit High School
Aurora, Colorado

Third
Coronavirus, influenza, whooping cough… Target: You
Kayla Lee, Pilar Sims
The Mirror
Van Nuys High School
Van Nuys, California

Fourth
Love songs on the fly
Chandler Roberts
Bear Witness
Branham High School
San Jose, California

Fifth
The 2010s
Sarah Feuer
The Boiling Point
Shalhevet High School
Los Angeles, California

Honorable Mention
Missing Middle
Eric Fang, Nina Gee
Winged Post
The Harker School
San Jose, California

Honorable Mention
50 Years in The Making
Lila Tulp
The Harbinger
Shawnee Mission East High School
Prairie Village, Kansas

Honorable Mention
TikTok
Maggie Klaers
Echo
St. Louis Park High School
St. Louis Park, Minnesota

Honorable Mention
Hooked
Ishan Gupta, Sai Thirunagari, Aaron Thorne, Wallace White
The ReMarker
St. Mark’s School of Texas
Dallas, Texas

Honorable Mention
Heart of the matter
Addison Cross, Anna Grace Jones
Tiger Times
Texas High School
Texarkana, Texas


Newsmagazine Cover

First
Tracing Our Roots
Tatyana Esquilin
Devil’s Advocate
Stanton College Preparatory School
Jacksonville, Florida

Second
Problems March
Hannah Lee
El Estoque
Monta Vista High School
Cupertino, California

Third
Through Our Eyes
Joshua Chen
Scout
Lake Central High School
St. John, Indiana

Fourth
Staying afloat
Tara Connick
The Marquee
Marcus High School
Flower Mound, Texas

Fifth
Coronavirus edition
Dasha Makarishcheva
The Highlander
McLean High School
McLean, Virginia

Honorable Mention
Sex-Ed Issue 4
Kavya Gupta
The Prospector
Cupertino High School
Cupertino, California

Honorable Mention
Disconnected
Selina Hua
West Side Story
Iowa City West High School
Iowa City, Iowa

Honorable Mention
Future
Riley Unekis
The Budget
Lawrence High School
Lawrence, Kansas

Honorable Mention
Rooted In Reality
Anna Carroll
Central Focus
Francis Howell Central High School
Cottleville, Missouri

Honorable Mention
Masks, Issue 5
Alexandra Fernholz
Spark
Lakota East High School
Liberty Township, Ohio


Newsmagazine Page/Spread

First
The Space Between
Courtney Krebs, Mitri Krishna
The Express
Blue Valley Northwest High School
Overland Park, Kansas

Second
Faith in Faith
Clare Dierckman, Victoria Nopporn, Wendy Zhu
HiLite
Carmel High School
Carmel, Indiana

Third
The art of cuisine
Evie Cuffaro, Hahn Park, Sam Saliba
The Pack
Monarch High School
Louisville, Colorado

Fourth
This Mom Rocks
Ben Hobbs, Rachel Sarff
The Express
Blue Valley Northwest High School
Overland Park, Kansas

Fifth
Time Cut Short
Ella Rosewarne
The Communicator
Community High School
Ann Arbor, Michigan

Honorable Mention
Williams, Shemesh
Marin Fehl
Red & Black
Hillsborough High School
Tampa, Florida

Honorable Mention
Unwrapping Sex Ed
Taylor Siebert
Black and White
Johnston High School
Johnston, Iowa

Honorable Mention
Remission Retirement
Sami Turner
The Budget
Lawrence High School
Lawrence, Kansas

Honorable Mention
Finding Balance in Fashion
Zoe Buhalis
The Communicator
Community High School
Ann Arbor, Michigan

Honorable Mention
The power to do anything
Toby Barrett, Sam Goldfarb
Focus Magazine
St. Mark’s School of Texas
Dallas, Texas


Literary/Specialty Magazine Cover

First
Admit One
Quinn Christensen
Iris: Art + Lit
St. Paul Academy and Summit School
St. Paul, Minnesota

Second
Seeds: In Process
Sophia Roberts
Seeds in the Black Earth
Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts
West Palm Beach, Florida

Third
The Talon 12-11-19
Carter Nicoletti, Walker Simmons
The Talon
Woodberry Forest School
Woodberry Forest, Virginia

Fourth
Verbatim
James Kranich
The Lantern
Westfield High School
Westfield, Indiana

Fifth
Front Cover
Bianca Diaz
The Lost Art
McKinney High School
McKinney, Texas

Honorable Mention
All That’s Lit to Print
Ava Richards
All That’s Lit to Print
Carlmont High School
Belmont, California

Honorable Mention
Pain Killers Cover
Ya’el Sarig
Viking Magazine
Palo Alto Senior High School
Palo Alto, California

Honorable Mention
Louder Than Words
Sam Mutz, Sukhman Sahota
C Magazine
Palo Alto Senior High School
Palo Alto, California

Honorable Mention
Senior Edition
Anna Liner
Panorama
Ladue Horton Watkins High School
St. Louis, Missouri

Honorable Mention
Volume 25
Bhavana Veeravalli
Roars and Whispers
Providence Senior High School
Charlotte, North Carolina


Literary/Specialty Magazine Page/Spread

First
The Kingdom of Undying Flowers
Sam Grizelj
Artifex
Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School
Parkland, Florida

Second
Cups Divider
Anna Bayuk, Sam Grizelj
Artifex
Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School
Parkland, Florida

Third
MAYA
Lucie Duchene
Reflections
Gulliver Preparatory School
Miami, Florida

Fourth
Italian Sonnets
Sebastian Carranza
Reflection
Bear River High School
Grass Valley, California

Fifth
Fabricated
Madeline Finley, Fiza Jiwani, Amelia Moscowitz
Psyche
Richland Northeast High School
Lugoff, South Carolina

Honorable Mention
Baby Bird
Olivia Martin-Johnson
Reflections
Gulliver Preparatory School
Miami, Florida

Honorable Mention
Le Reveur
Beatrice Acheson
Iliad Literary-Art Magazine
Clarke Central High School
Athens, Georgia

Honorable Mention
Becoming a Wildflower
Paige Kuper
The Lantern
Westfield High School
Westfield, Indiana

Honorable Mention
pp. 26-27, Spring
Madison Adam, Grace Virgillito
Burn
Marian High School
Omaha, Nebraska

Honorable Mention
How I Fell in Love with Speed
Blythe Brewster, Pen Oldham
The Talon
Woodberry Forest School
Woodberry Forest, Virginia


Yearbook Spread

First
Switching Things Up
Iain McCarthy, Omar Ortega
Wingspan
James Enochs High School
Modesto, California

Second
String Theory
Kayla Thompson
The Lion
McKinney High School
McKinney, Texas

Third
Goin’ Viral
Bridgette Hahn, Jayden Murray, Kayla Ramos
Fusion
Hagerty High School
Oviedo, Florida

Fourth
Homecoming
Christine Berberian
El Corazón
El Camino Real Charter School
Valley Village, California

Fifth
Fishing for Answers
Allison Dragoo
Horizon
Blue Valley Northwest High School
Overland Park, Kansas

Honorable Mention
Spirit Renewed
Kate Perez
Raider
Gulliver Preparatory School
Miami, Florida

Honorable Mention
Fairly big deal
Lilli Haire, Lauren Shore
Clarion
Davie County High School
Mocksville, North Carolina

Honorable Mention
Like & Comment
Rachel Lane, Reagan Petersen
Ledoian
Aledo High School
Aledo, Texas

Honorable Mention
Growing our chapter
Mia Brelsford, Isabella Grahmann
Lone Star
James Bowie High School
Austin, Texas

Honorable Mention
Staying Afloat
Brooks Beck, Macy Wright
The Hawk
Pleasant Grove High School
Texarkana, Texas


Yearbook Theme Package

First
That’s the Point
Carolina Arredondo, Romario Gonzalez, Lia Rodriguez
The Legend
El Dorado High School
El Paso, Texas

Second
Look Closely
Jespyn Bishop, Sophia Rolfs, Anthony Sianis
Reflections
Brighton High School
Brighton, Colorado

Third
All Caught Up
Madelynn Cruz, Madison Gunn, Cara Hudson, Makayla Nguyen, Allie Thome
Kodiak
Bridgeland High School
Cypress, Texas

Fourth
All We Need
Sydney Anderson, Leah Boatman, Sydney Caldwell, Abby McAdams, Kayla Thompson
The Lion
McKinney High School
McKinney, Texas

Fifth
Get This
Lily Henkle, Rose Orrick & Nina Trouvé
Le Flambeau
Notre Dame de Sion High School
Kansas City, Missouri

Honorable Mention
Out There
Paige Fuhrman, Hannah Jetton, Meredith Medford
Hornet
Bryant High School
Bryant, Arkansas

Honorable Mention
It’s Like That
Iain McCarthy, Omar Ortega
Wingspan
James Enochs High School
Modesto, California

Honorable Mention
This is Your Legend
Chandler Fleming
Epic
Legend High School
Parker, Colorado

Honorable Mention
Right Here Right Now
Maci Clark, Max Decker
Westwind
West Henderson High School
Hendersonville, North Carolina

Honorable Mention
… More to it
Camille Klausner, Ellie Price, Eva Randolph
Lion’s Roar
Christ Presbyterian Academy
Nashville, Tennessee


Informational Graphic

First
Which side?
Adam Jasper
Featherduster
Westlake High School
Austin, Texas

Second
Your Guide to Impeachment
Sami Turner
The Budget
Lawrence High School
Lawrence, Kansas

Third
Ohio Graduation Rates
Kelly Johantges
Spark
Lakota East High School
Liberty Township, Ohio

Fourth
Culture of The Decade
Turner DeArmond, Anna Xu
The Rock
Rock Bridge High School
Columbia, Missouri

Fifth
Next level
Amy Liao
West Side Story
Iowa City West High School
Iowa City, Iowa

Honorable Mention
“Survey says…”
Veronica Espinoza, Ella Melcher, Kristen Meyer
Southwords
Maine South High School
Park Ridge, Illinois

Honorable Mention
seniors
Bryn Deer, Evelyn Diederich, Macey Franko, Jessica Wilson
Reflections
Blue Valley High School
Overland Park, Kansas

Honorable Mention
Running The Risks
Carolyn Popper
The Harbinger
Shawnee Mission East High School
Prairie Village, Kansas

Honorable Mention
Current Events
Ryan Kinney, Sadah Young
Lone Star
James Bowie High School
Austin, Texas

Honorable Mention
Coronavirus by the numbers
Lucas Romualdo
The Standard
The American School in London
London, United Kingdom


Illustration

First
How math is taught just doesn’t add up
Shriya Vanparia, Charlotte Vanyo
The Sidekick
Coppell High School
Coppell, Texas

Second
Uncharted Territory
Ella Hutnick
Horizon
Blue Valley Northwest High School
Overland Park, Kansas

Third
No place to hesitate
Fiona McCracken
The Trinity Voice
Trinity Preparatory School
Winter Park, Florida

Fourth
Women’s Issue
Avery Brundige, Emma Hutchin
Le Journal
Notre Dame de Sion High School
Belton, Missouri

Fifth
Physical Perception
Kayla Lee, Mhar Tenorio
The Mirror
Van Nuys High School
Van Nuys, California

Honorable Mention
Losing a legend
Brent Hoover
Details
Whitney High School
Rocklin, California

Honorable Mention
Employed Exploitation
Charlie Trent
The Tiger Print
Blue Valley High School
Overland Park, Kansas

Honorable Mention
Why Are We Hooked?
Noah Bernstein
The Communicator
Community High School
Ann Arbor, Michigan

Honorable Mention
What to Know About Coming Out
Alona Miller
The Shakerite
Shaker Heights High School
Shaker Heights, Ohio

Honorable Mention
Oh what a wonderful world
Hannah Dowding, Hailey Gill, Chloe Quinn
The Lair
Leander High School
Leander, Texas