Fall 2020 Clips & Clicks

Feb. 1, 2021

Congratulations to the winners of the inaugural semester of the NSPA Clips & Clicks contest — and to the schools competing for this year’s Sweepstakes.

The competition, open to all NSPA members, honors current work among student journalists, and the fall-semester winners encompass work produced from Aug. 1-Dec. 28, 2020.

There were 483 submissions in the fall competition, with 33 high schools winning places.

“The judges consistently said they were very impressed with the quality of the entries submitted,” associate director Gary Lundgren said. “The Clips & Clicks competition is new for NSPA, and it is clear this is going to be a very popular contest going forward.”

Judges were collegiate professors, collegiate student media advisers and professional journalists.

The numbers of winners in each category was determined by the judges based on the quantity and quality of the entries. When calculating Sweepstakes, we assign these points:

First Place: 10
Second Place: 9
Third Place: 8

Fourth Place: 7
Fifth Place: 6
Honorable mention: 5

Spring Clips & Clicks

The competition is now open for work produced Jan. 1-May 15, 2021.

The deadline is May 28, 2021.

The cost is $10 per entry, with no limit on entries. Any student on staff at an NSPA-member publication is eligible.

Here are the top 12 schools going into the spring competition.

When spring results are added in June, we’ll announce the winner of our Clips & Clicks Sweepstakes trophy.

79
Christopher Columbus
High School, Miami Florida

55
Carlmont High School,
Belmont, California, and
McCallum High School,
Austin, Texas

53
Community High School,
Ann Arbor, Michigan

48
Northview High School,
Johns Creek, Georgia

46
Prospect High School,
Mount Prospect, Illinois

45
Marquette High School, Chesterfield, Missouri, and
St. John’s School, Houston, Texas

42
Trinity Preparatory School,
Winter Park, Florida, and
University Preparatory Academy, San Jose, California

36
Episcopal School of Dallas,
Dallas, Texas

34
Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, Alexandria, Virginia


Broadcast: News Story

First
Coffee Shop Opens in Van Alstyne
Emma Donald, Mollie Gallagher, Conner Loftice
VATV
Van Alstyne High School
Van Alstyne, Texas

Second
Playground For All
Becky Gardner, Jordan Shafferkoetter
HTV Magazine
Hillcrest High School
Springfield, Missouri

Third
Mayor hosts food drive for the needy
Adrian Botton, Neo Gaitan
CCNN Live
Christopher Columbus High School
Miami, Florida

Fourth
TJ Small Groups
Sean Nguyen
TJTV
Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology
Alexandria, Virginia

Fifth
Political Divide
Saia D’Silva, Brayden Leloup
The Flash
Eastview High School
Apple Valley, Minnesota

Honorable mentions

Peninsula Humane Society and local shelters adopt new safety measures due to COVID-19
Payton Zolck
Scot Center
Carlmont High School
Belmont, California

Clothing store gets new look
Gianmarco Maestri, Jordan Perez, Thomas Pozo, Alexis Vivanco
CCNN Live
Christopher Columbus High School
Miami, Florida

Class of 2021 Honored During Senior Parade
Emma Letzig, Katherine Lytle
KnightTV
Prospect High School
Mount Prospect, Illinois

Moxi Junction adapts to drive-through only for customers
Mary Grace Liew-Nguyen, Megan Ta, Emma Turner
OneMa1ze Broadcasting
Maize Career Academy
Maize, Kansas


Broadcast: Feature Story

First
Half Moon Bay Wasabi spices up the sushi scene
Kiana George
Scot Center
Carlmont High School
Belmont, California

Second
Young entrepreneur grows small business
Adrian Botton, Juan Pablo Garcia-Casals, Gianmarco Maestri, Emanuel Naccarato, Jordan Perez
CCNN Live
Christopher Columbus High School
Miami, Florida

Third
Soles by Sir creator makes art a career
Adrian Botton, Nicolas Casanueva, Neo Gaitan, Joseph Gonzalez, Christopher Gomez
CCNN Live
Christopher Columbus High School
Miami, Florida

Fourth
The Help Desk
Kincaid Cummings, Carrena Spann
RNE-TV
Richland Northeast High School
Columbia, South Carolina

Fifth
Sydney Holmes basketball journey
Victor Nguyen, Megan Ta
OneMa1ze Broadcasting
Maize Career Academy
Maize, Kansas

Honorable mentions

Blast from the past: Archer’s favorite Halloween memories
Nyah Fernandez
The Oracle
The Archer School for Girls
Los Angeles, California

Faded Moon
Danielle Sabatina
PATV
Padua Academy
Wilmington, Delaware

Toy drive spreads holiday cheer
Juan Pablo Garcia-Casals, Gianmarco Maestri, Emanuel Naccarato, Jordan Perez
CCNN Live
Christopher Columbus High School
Miami, Florida

Izzy’s Interest
Maddie Sundheim
The Flash
Eastview High School
Apple Valley, Minnesota

They Were Here
Emma Tracy, William Wehmer
HTV Magazine
Hillcrest High School
Springfield, Missouri


Broadcast: Sports Story

First
The Voice of the Explorers
Adrian Botton, Neo Gaitan,  Emanuel Naccarato
CCNN Live
Christopher Columbus High School
Miami, Florida

Second
Fishing Team Sports Feature
Emma Donald, Mollie Gallagher
VATV
Van Alstyne High School
Van Alstyne, Texas

Third
Twitter Post
Everette Joyner, Jackson Stanton
RNE-TV
Richland Northeast High School
Columbia, South Carolina

Fourth
Kids thrive after Covid-19
Juan Pablo Garcia-Casals, Christopher Gomez, Emanuel Naccarato, Michael Novo
CCNN Live
Christopher Columbus High School
Miami, Florida

Fifth
Pool
Christina Foster, Kamea Hosendove
RNE-TV
Richland Northeast High School
Columbia, South Carolina


Broadcast: Commentary

First
Should the Covid vaccine be mandatory?
Andrew Falconi, Lucas Figueroa, Christopher Gomez, Gianmarco Maestri, Jordan Perez
CCNN Live
Christopher Columbus High School
Miami, Florida

Second
Parler shakes up social media
Manuel Fraga, Anthony Martinez, Adrian Morgade
CCNN Live
Christopher Columbus High School
Miami, Florida

Third
Should fans be allowed to attend sporting events?
Andrew Falconi, Anthony Martinez, Michael Martinez, Alexis Vivanco
CCNN Live
Christopher Columbus High School
Miami, Florida



Design: Newspaper Front Page

First
Love Under Lockdown
Blair Batson, Elizabeth Goelzer, Gina Montagna, Evelyn Zhao
Eagle Edition
Episcopal School of Dallas
Dallas, Texas

Second
A sense of collective loss
Grace Randall
The Review
St. John’s School
Houston, Texas

Third
‘Tis the Season
Waha Siddiqui
The Messenger
Marquette High School
Chesterfield, Missouri


Design: Newspaper Page/Spread

First
Political Portals
Victoria Willox
Eagle Edition
Episcopal School of Dallas
Dallas, Texas

Second
The Second Pandemic
Bridget Jung, Maya Kogulan
The Huron Emery
Ann Arbor Huron High School
Ann Arbor, Michigan

Third
Wrestling for the White House
Emily Lichty, Katherine Mote
Eagle Edition
Episcopal School of Dallas
Dallas, Texas

Fourth
Constantly Aware
Sarah Feuer
The Boiling Point
Shalhevet High School
Los Angeles, California

Fifth
Gifts Galore
Emmie Foley, Akhila Swarna, Anika Talyan
The Messenger
Marquette HIgh School
Chesterfield, Missouri


Design: Magazine Cover

First
We Still Count
Sonia Kanchan
tjTODAY
Thomas Jefferson High School of Science and Technology
Alexandria, Virginia

Second
The Perfect Storm

Grace Ashley
The Dart
St. Teresa’s Academy
Kansas City, Missouri

Third
A Family’s Transformation
Sonia Kanchan, Connie Ryu
tjTODAY
Thomas Jefferson High School of Science and Technology
Alexandria, Virginia

Fourth
Mouths open, ears closed
Mara Nicolaie
The Prospector
Prospect High School
Mount Prospect, Illinois

Fifth
Prejudice is Personal
Charlie Trent
The Tiger Print
Blue Valley High School
Overland Park, Kansas

Honorable mentions

The Impact of Distance Learning
Jhonny Gonzalez
The Pearl Post, Daniel Pearl Magnet High School, Lake Balboa, Florida

Home For The Holidays
Emma Kim, Matthew Mapa, Mateo Membreno, Amy Qiao, Ryan Zehnder
The Trinity Voice, Trinity Preparatory School, Winter Park, Florida

The Truth on Masks
Mia Goldstein, Tai Tworek
The Communicator, Community High School, Ann Arbor, Michigan


Design: Magazine Page/Spread

First
God, Fragility & Corona Virus
Sarah Feuer
The Boiling Point
Shalhevet High School
Los Angeles, California

Second
The 19th Amendment
Sidney Seybold
The Trinity Voice
Trinity Preparatory School
Winter Park, Florida

Third
Blue Valley Bigotry
Charlie Trent
The Tiger Print
Blue Valley High School
Overland Park, Kansas

Fourth
Leah White
Ella Rosewarne
The Communicator
Community High School
Ann Arbor, Michigan

Fifth
Playlist
Jenna Jarjoura
The Communicator
Community High School
Ann Arbor, Michigan

Honorable mentions

2020 Through the Looking Glass
Allison Raisner
Highlander, Carlmont High School, Belmont, California

2020 Vision: Presidential Candidates on the Issues
Andrew Bachrach
The Trinity Voice, Trinity Preparatory School, Winter Park, Florida

Underpaid, Unappreciated, Unprotected
Andrew Bachrach
The Trinity Voice, Trinity Preparatory School, Winter Park, Florida

It Just Feels Right
Sophie Nunez
The Communicator, Community High School, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Soundtrack to Online School
Ella Rosewarne, Grace Wang
The Communicator, Community High School, Ann Arbor, Michigan


Design: Yearbook Spread

First
Among Us
David Dablo, Alanna Jimenez
El Corazón
El Camino Real Charter High School
Woodland Hills, California

Second
We Know Exactly How to Take Sides
Yeefay Li
Techniques
Thomas Jefferson High School of Science and Technology
Alexandria, Virginia

Third
Bring the heat
Lindsey Plotkin
The Knight
McCallum High School
Austin, Texas

Fourth
Getting Back on That Grind
Jespyn Bishop, Tiffany Quarles, Madison Ruser, Zoey Stanley
Reflections
Brighton High School
Brighton, Colorado

Fifth
When in Italy
Mishal Charania, Garrett Jin
The Enthymion
Ann Arbor Huron High School
Ann Arbor, Michigan


Design: Informational Graphic

First
2020 Vision: Presidential Candidates on the Issues
Andrew Bachrach, Jaidyn Holt, Matthew Mapa
The Trinity Voice
Trinity Preparatory School
Winter Park, Florida

Second
All Eyes on Georgia
Grace Peng
The Messenger
Northview High School
Johns Creek, Georgia

Third
FBI Gun Background Checks
Lauren Weber
Eagle Edition
Episcopal School of Dallas
Dallas, Texas

Fourth
A community in crisis
Melissa Liu
The Messenger
Northview High School
Johns Creek, Georgia

Fifth
Quarantine by the numbers
Cerasela Hanseter, Natalie Yechzkia
The King’s Courier
El Camino Real Charter High School
Valley Village, California

Honorable mentions

Switch to Microsoft Teams
Melissa Liu
The Messenger, Northview High School, Johns Creek, Georgia

Anti-Racism Book List
Molly Muscato
Drops of Ink, Libertyville High School, Libertyville, Illinois



Photojournalism: News Photo

First
COVID testing for teachers
Alexandra Rozmarin
Aquila
University Preparatory Academy
San Jose, California

Second
The Fight for Justice Continues
Katie Ray
The Talon News
Argyle High School
Argyle, Texas

Third
TIMBER!
Grace Randall
The Review
St. John’s School
Houston, Texas

Fourth
Honor in Silence
Jennifer Xia
The Messenger
Northview High School
Johns Creek, Georgia


Photojournalism: Feature Photo

First
Quarantine in Photos: Salon
Nayeli Brewster
Aquila
University Preparatory Academy
San Jose, California

Second
Masked super hero
Caleb Melville
The Shield Online
McCallum High School
Austin, Texas

Third
Free Spirit
Alexa Gwyn
C Magazine
Palo Alto Senior High School
Palo Alto, California

Fourth
Quarantine in Photos: Family Togetherness
Haylie Yee
Aquila
University Preparatory Academy
San Jose, California

Fifth
Through the Lens
Nicholas West
The Talon News
Argyle High School
Argyle, Texas


Photojournalism: Sports Photo

First
#27 in the air
Emma Donald
VATV
Van Alstyne High School
Van Alstyne, Texas

Second
Soaring higher than the Highlanders
Kennedy Weatherby
The Shield Online
McCallum High School
Austin, Texas

Third
Subtle Celebrations
Lainey Hogg
Pioneer
Kirkwood High School
Kirkwood, Missouri

Fourth
Gella, yes!
Bella Russo
The Shield Online
McCallum High School
Austin, Texas

Fifth
Reaching for the Shot
Jennifer Xia
The Messenger
Northview High School
Johns Creek, Georgia

Honorable mention
Charging Forward
Jennifer Xia
The Messenger
Northview High School
Johns Creek, Georgia



Writing: News Story

First
RSD offers pronoun, name changes
Marin Ellington
The Messenger
Marquette High School
Chesterfield, Missouri

Second
Ms. Troy leaves McCallum over safety concerns
Evie Bernard, Kate Boyle
The Shield Online
McCallum High School
Austin, Texas

Third
Year of the Yard Sign: Election’s conflicts and tensions are playing out on area front lawns
Keira Beller, Olivia Fishman, Benjamin Gamson, Molly Litvak
The Boiling Point
Shalhevet High School
Los Angeles, California

Fourth
The City of Good Living seeks to expand affordable housing options
Hudson Fox
Scot Scoop
Carlmont High School
Belmont, California

Fifth
Congressional campaign pits Mavericks Fletcher, Hunt
Max Beard, Ella West
The Review
St. John’s School
Houston, Texas

Honorable mentions

Bel Mateo Bowl saved by community GoFundMe efforts
Rebecca Von Tersch
Scot Scoop
Carlmont High School
Belmont, California

Former Carlmont student runs for San Carlos City Council
Lillian Chen, Chelsea Plunkett
Scot Scoop
Carlmont HIgh School
Belmont, California

Breaking News: Vegetation fire forces community evacuations
Rachel McCrea, Allison Raisner
Scot Scoop
Carlmont High School
Belmont, California

SCU and CZU Lightning Complex fires cause stress as fear of evacuation looms
Alyssa Garcia
Aquila
University Preparatory Academy
San Jose, California

TIMBER! High winds cause 30-foot branch to crash Spikeball game; seniors barely escape without injury
Noura Jabir, Ella West
The Review
St. John’s School
Houston, Texas


Writing: Feature Story

First
Voices of Black Students Enduring Racism, Inequity
Lauren Pickett
The Messenger
Marquette High School
Chesterfield, Missouri

Second
Behind the Election
Grace Peng, Megan Serfontein
The Messenger
Northview High School
Johns Creek, Georgia

Third
Earth (Climate Change Part 2)
Staff
Scot Scoop
Carlmont High School
Belmont, California

Fourth
No green light to green card for VISA holders
Priyanka Anand, Anusha Kothari
The Epic
Lynbrook High School
Saratoga, California

Fifth
A trip down Dart Bowl’s memory lanes
Madelynn Niles
The Shield Online
McCallum High School
Austin, Texas

Honorable mentions

Behind the screen
Josh Barde, Niamh Marren
Scot Scoop
Carlmont High School
Belmont, California

Swimming has been my whole entire life
Chelsea Nguyen
Aquila
University Preparatory Academy
San Jose, California

Divided We Stand: How political stances shape UPA
Vidya Achar
Aquila
University Preparatory Academy
San Jose, California

Blue Valley Bigotry
Stephanie Kontopanos, Tymber Moody, Claire Powell, Charlie Trent
The Tiger Print
Blue Valley High School
Overland Park, Kansas

Peer Pressure in an Isolated World
Stephanie Lei, Waha Siddiqui
The Messenger
Marquette High School
Chesterfield, Missouri


Writing: Sports Story

First
Athletes struggle with mental health amidst pandemic
Ellie Monday, Ella West
The Review
St. John’s School
Houston, Texas

Second
Friday night lights out
Rick Lytle
The Prospector
Prospect High School
Mount Prospect, Illinois

Third
‘It’s later’: The Alex Palczewski story
Cameron Sullivan
The Prospector
Prospect High School
Mount Prospect, Illinois

Fourth
Student athletes to be assigned to separate learning groups
Samantha Powers
The Shield Online
McCallum High School
Austin, Texas

Fifth
High School Athletics During Covid-19
Kurt Hausman
The Communicator
Community High School
Ann Arbor, Michigan


Writing: Editorial

First
Food tracking causes more harm than good
Elizabeth Keane
The Prospector
Prospect High School
Mount Prospect, Illinois

Second
Hate has found a home at LHS
Pavan Acharya
Drops of Ink
LIbertyville High School
Libertyville, Illinois

Third
A Lack of Love for Affinity Groups
Connor Raffa
The Trinity Voice
Trinity Preparatory School
Winter Park, Florida

Fourth
TKAM reintroduction needed in classes
Brendan Burke
The Prospector
Prospect High School
Mount Prospect, Illinois

Fifth
Hear Us Now
Connor Del Carmen, Stephanie Lei, Waha Siddiqui, Arpitha Sistla,  Zara Tola
The Messenger
Marquette High School
Chesterfield, Missouri


Writing: Opinion

First
Black Death: When we die in America, it’s different
Eliot Klus
The Communicator
Community High School
Ann Arbor, Michigan

Second
Access at Risk
Ria Lowenschuss
The Communicator
Community High School
Ann Arbor, Michigan

Third
The inherent privilege of using “I can’t breathe” in protest of masks
Amisha Sethi
Central Times
Naperville Central High School
Naperville, Illinois

Fourth
Growing up in the ‘Age of Disappointment’
Ella West
The Review
St. John’s School
Houston, Texas

Fifth
Cultural Context: A Critical Component to Teaching Asian Novels
Eva Liu
The Perennial
Pinewood School
Los Altos Hills, California

Honorable mention
JK Rowling and Harry Potter — Separating the Art from the Artist
Sophia Cheng
The Perennial
Pinewood School
Los Altos Hills, California