NSPA announces 2015 Wikoff, Honor Roll scholarship recipients

MINNEAPOLIS – Three scholastic newspaper journalists will receive scholarships from the National Scholastic Press Association for their accomplishments in academics and journalism.

Brian Fogel of Lakota East High School in Liberty Township, Ohio, has been selected as the winner of the $1,000 NSPA Wikoff Scholarship for Editorial Leadership from among 61 entrants. Fogel has served on Spark newsmagazine staff for three years. The Wikoff scholarship judge made the following remarks: “Both Brian Fogel’s writing style and his choice of topics gave him the nod for this year’s Wikoff Award. In a contest where a number of entries were top notch, Brian’s ultimately emerged as the winner due to the depth and breadth of all of his entries. His writing¬†was a joy to read and absorb.”

In recognition of Wally Wikoff’s service to the National Scholastic Press Association as its executive director in the 1970s, NSPA has offered the Wikoff Scholarship for Editorial Leadership since 1998. Entrants must submit three published editorials and must also possess at least a 3.5 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale. A recommendation letter from the publication adviser is also required.

Callan Showers, editor of The Royal Page at Hopkins High School in Minnetonka, Minn. has been named the winner of the $1,000 NSPA Journalism Honor Roll Scholarship among 76 entries. In her application essay, Showers wrote about the passion for journalism she discovered after researching a story on domestic violence: “As a privileged, gender-normative white woman in America, I have never had to shout to be heard. My parents, my teachers, my coaches – they listened. Now, though, I understand that it is my responsibility to use that privilege, and my voice, for those whose stories are not heard.”

Brett Stover, editor-in-chief of The Rock and Bearing News at Rock Bridge High School in Columbia, Mo. was chosen as runner-up in the Journalism Honor Roll scholarship contest and will receive a $500 scholarship to the college or university he plans to attend.

Journalism Honor Roll scholarship applicants must possess a cumulative 3.75 grade point average on a 4.0 scale and also submit an essay on why they plan to pursue a career in journalism. The publication adviser must recommend the applicant.

View 2015 Honor Roll Listing

Scholarship recipients will be recognized at the JEA/NSPA Spring National High School Journalism Convention on Saturday, April 18 in Denver.