MINNEAPOLIS — The National Scholastic Press Association has recognized 38 online news sites as finalists in the 2017 Online Pacemaker competition.
“The Pacemaker is the association’s preeminent award and is often called the Pulitzer Prize of scholastic journalism,” said Laura Widmer, executive director. “NSPA is honored to recognize the best of the best.”
To select the 38 winning online sites, judges carefully studied the 180 Pacemaker entries. Each site was analyzed and discussed by a team of judges. Entries were judged in two size categories based on student enrollment — less than 1,500, or 1,500 or greater.
The 38 finalists represent 15 states. Of the finalists, 27 entries were companion sites to print news publications and 11 were online-only news outlets.
“Today’s best online sites are platforms for rich multimedia storytelling,” said Gary Lundgren, associate director. “Deep and diverse coverage with strong engagement and interactivity distinguish the best student-produced news sites.”
The Pacemaker finalists will be recognized and the Pacemaker winners announced at the JEA/NSPA National High School Journalism Convention, April 6-9, 2017 in Seattle.
El Estoque Online , Monta Vista HS, Cupertino, Calif.
Julia Satterthwaite, adviser
Blue Devil Hub, Davis Senior HS, Davis, Calif.
Kelly Wilkerson, adviser
The Paly Voice, Palo Alto Senior HS, Palo Alto, Calif.
Paul Kandell, adviser
Verde Magazine, Palo Alto Senior HS, Palo Alto, Calif.
Paul Kandell, adviser
HHSToday.com, Hillsborough HS, Tampa, Fla.
Jill Burns/Joe Humphrey, advisers
Metea Media, Metea Valley HS, Aurora, Ill.
Adam Page, adviser
HiLite Online, Carmel HS, Carmel, Ind.
Jim Streisel, adviser
The Little Hawk, Iowa City HS, Iowa City, Iowa
Jonathan Rogers, adviser
West Side Story, Iowa City West HS, Iowa City, Iowa
Sara Jane Whittaker, adviser
The Harbinger Online, Shawnee Mission East HS, Prairie Village, Kan.
C. Dow Tate, adviser
The Kirkwood Call, Kirkwood HS, Kirkwood, Mo.
Mitch Eden, adviser
FHNtoday.com, Francis Howell North HS, St. Charles, Mo.
Aaron Manfull, adviser
Coppell Student Media, Coppell HS, Coppell, Texas
Chase Wofford, adviser
Wingspan, Liberty HS, Frisco, Texas
Brian Higgins, adviser
The Rider Online, Legacy HS, Mansfield, Texas
Leland Mallett/Rachel Dearinger, advisers
Roundup, Brophy College Preparatory School, Phoenix, Ariz.
Mica Mulloy, adviser
The Oracle, Archer School for Girls, Los Angeles, Calif.
Kristin Taylor, adviser
The Boiling Point, Shalhevet HS, Los Angeles, Calif.
Joelle Keene, adviser
The Broadview, Convent of the Sacred Heart HS, San Francisco, Calif.
Tracy Anne Sena, adviser
The Foothill Dragon Press, Foothill Technology HS, Ventura, Calif.
Yiu Hung Li, adviser
Odyssey Online, Clarke Central HS, Athens, Ga.
David Ragsdale, adviser
3TEN, Decatur HS, Decatur, Ga.
Jon Reese, adviser
The Prowler, Starr’s Mill HS, Fayetteville, Ga.
Justin Spencer, adviser
Sequoit Media, Antioch Community HS, Antioch, Ill.
Katharine Giertych, Patrick Johnson, Sarah Ogborn, advisers
The Mustang Moon, Mount Vernon HS, Mount Vernon, Iowa
JoAnn Gage, adviser
Mill Valley News, Mill Valley HS, Shawnee, Kan.
Kathy Hill Habiger, adviser
The Patriot, John Carroll School, Bel Air, Md.
Mark Ionescu/Nick Attanasio, advisers
Wayland Student Press Network, Wayland HS, Wayland, Mass.
Janet Karman/Mary Barber, advisers
Knight Errant, Benilde-St. Margaret’s School, St. Louis Park, Minn.
Kari Koshiol/Tiffany Joseph, advisers
Echo, St. Louis Park HS, St. Louis Park, Minn.
Lori Keekley, adviser
RubicOnline, St. Paul Academy and Summit School, St. Paul, Minn.
Kathryn Campbell, adviser
Dart News Online, St. Teresa’s Academy, Kansas City, Mo.
Brad Lewis, adviser
Tonka News, Winnetonka HS, Kansas City, Mo.
Laura Williams, adviser
Southwest Shadow, Southwest Career and Technical Academy, Las Vegas, Nev.
Matthew LaPorte, adviser
The Eagle’s Tale, Canyon HS, Canyon, Texas
Laura Smith, adviser
The Review Online, St. John’s School, Houston, Texas
David Nathan/Shelley Stein, advisers
The Red Ledger, Lovejoy HS, Lucas, Texas
Corey Hale, adviser
TRNWIRED, Prince George HS, Prince George, Va.
Chris Waugaman, adviser