NSPA Live! Best of Show

Enter Best of Show — and join us for the April 17 announcement of Pacemaker Awards and Best of Show

$20 NSPA members | $30 non-members

Entries must be submitted online before 5 p.m. CDT Tuesday, April 7.

This information is also available at nashville.journalismconvention.org.

Open to both NSPA members and non-members, the Best of Show competition has a rich tradition of honoring outstanding student media represented at the National High School Journalism Convention.

This year, because the traditional convention has been canceled, the NSPA Best of Show competition will be offered virtually and open to all NSPA members regardless of whether they were planning to attend the Nashville convention.

Best of Show is a competition in which entries compete against each other and are ranked with the first-place winner in each category taking home the top honor. Critiques and score sheets are not provided in this contest. Best of Show should not be confused with NSPA’s prestigious Pacemaker Awards competition, which is the organization’s highest honor for student media.

Best of Show winners, as well as Pacemaker winners in yearbook, magazine and online, will be announced during NSPA Live! from Minneapolis, an open video presentation at noon CDT, Friday, April 17, 2020. Pacemaker finalists in those categories will also be recognized during the presentation. NSPA reserves the right to share winning entries publicly.

NSPA-member advisers will be receiving emails about payment for Best of Show entries. Many members have already paid. NSPA understands that school closures mean that finances and contest payments will be unpredictable. Schools will receive their awards even if payment is pending. We simply ask that you request payment when you and your school district are able.

Pay for Best of Show here,
and submit individual entries through the category links below.

Direct any questions about Best of Show payments to NSPA’s Ashley Tilley, ashley@studentpress.org.

Direct any questions about the Best of Show competition to NSPA’s Gary Lundgren, gary@studentpress.org.

To support the student journalists through a sponsorship for NSPA Live!, contact NSPA’s Ashley Tilley, ashley@studentpress.org.
Get more information on sponsorships here.

NSPA Live! Best of Show categories

NEW / COVID-19 coverage

The extraordinary effect of COVID-19 is arguably the most important story covered by the scholastic and professional press in a century. The student press has a distinct perspective and role in covering the broad effects upon school communities while confronting the challenge of school closures and remote interviewing. 

Judges will be looking for reporting that focuses on your school audience. 

Please do not put yourself or others in jeopardy of being infected with COVID-19 through your reporting. Images must be properly sourced and credited, and possible copyright violations will be disqualified. 

COVID-19 coverage may be entered in the following categories with each scholastic media outlet entering one submission in one of these categories: 

Broadcast: News or feature package

Online: News or feature package

Print: News or feature package

Yearbook: Spread


Broadcast news program

Entries will consist of a single broadcast news program aired between Aug, 1, 2019, and the contest deadline. Entries must be submitted via a direct URL (i.e., a YouTube or Vimeo link). The news program must be housed on a site or channel owned by a school student media outlet and not a personal site or channel.


Literary arts magazine

The most current issue of the school’s literary arts magazine should be entered. Magazine staffs may upload a complete PDF or provide an Issuu link. If your staff entered the 2019 literary magazine Pacemaker competition, it is highly likely that NSPA still has an office copy, and it can be used for Best of Show competition if this is your most current issue.



Schools may enter one regular edition of their newspaper/newsmagazine in the regular category and one issue in the special edition newspaper/newsmagazine category. No edition may be entered in more than one category.

Because of the extraordinary ramifications of COVID-19, a print newspaper or newsmagazine published digitally and not printed can be entered if it is shared with judges in the exact format shared with your school community (PDF posted on website or shared on Issuu).

Regular editions of newspaper/newsmagazines, published between Aug, 1, 2019, and the contest deadline, compete in one of these five categories:


Tabloid (16 or fewer pages)

Tabloid (17 or more pages)


Junior high/middle school


Special-edition newspaper/newsmagazine

A special-edition newspaper/newsmagazine provides readers with an in-depth look into a relevant, timely and often complex topic. The best entries focus on contemporary teen and school issues covered from a variety of angles. A special edition is a showcase for robust reporting and homecoming, graduation and senior editions do not qualify. A centerspread does not qualify as a special edition. A special-edition devoted entirely to COVID-19 coverage would be entered in this category. A print special-edition newspaper/newsmagazine published digitally and not printed because of COVID-19 can be entered if it is shared with judges in the exact format shared with your school community (PDF posted on website or shared on Issuu). Special editions of newspaper/newsmagazines must be published between Aug, 1, 2019, and the contest deadline.



Actively updated throughout the current school year, a website competes with entries from schools with similar enrollments:

Small high school website (enrollment of less than 1,500)

Large high school website (enrollment of 1,500 or more)

Junior high/middle school (all enrollments)



A blog must reflect journalistic standards in topics, coverage and writing, and it should be a component of the journalism program’s online website. While the blog is likely a regular feature, a single blog entry should be submitted. This competition is for text blogs not video blogs. The blog must be published between Aug, 1, 2019, and the contest deadline.



A podcast delivers relevant content through engaging audio storytelling and should be a component of the journalism program’s online website. While the podcast is likely a regular feature, you may submit only a single podcast entry. This competition is for audio podcasts not video podcasts. The podcast must be published between Aug, 1, 2019, and the contest deadline.



High school yearbooks will be divided into four equal-sized categories based on the number of pages. Junior-high/middle-school yearbooks will compete in a separate category.

The 2019 yearbook should be entered.

If your staff entered the 2019 yearbook Pacemaker competition, it is highly likely that NSPA still has an office copy, and it can be used for Best of Show competition. Refer to the list below.

A PDF file may also be submitted, but file size cannot exceed 200000000 bytes.

For safety reasons, NSPA asks that you do not visit a postal or shipping center to send yearbooks.


NSPA has yearbooks in our office for the following schools that registered for Best of Show while registering for the Nashville convention. To inquire if NSPA has a copy of your yearbook, email Gary Lundgren, gary@studentpress.org.as of

as of April 1
Aberdeen High SchoolThe Quinault
Adlai E. Stevenson High SchoolAmbassador
Airline High SchoolValhalla
Aledo High SchoolLedoian
Aledo High SchoolLedoian
Alexander W Dreyfoos School of the ArtsThe Marquee
Alta Loma High SchoolSisunga
Altavista Combined SchoolNuntius
Amador Valley High SchoolDondays
Americas High SchoolJourney
Andress High SchoolTalon
Andrew Carnegie Middle SchoolHighlander
Antelope High SchoolTitanium
Arlington High SchoolThe Stillaguamish Trail
Arvada High SchoolArvadan
Athens Drive Magnet High SchoolThe Torch
Austin High SchoolRound Up
Austin High SchoolThe Comet
Ballard High SchoolShingle
Bartlett High SchoolThe Talon
Basic AcademyEl Lobo
Bel Air High SchoolHighlander
Bellaire HIgh SchoolCarillon
Bellarmine College PreparatoryThe Carillon
Bernal Intermediate SchoolThe Stampede
Beverly Hills High SchoolWatchtower
Big Rapids High SchoolThe Rapidonian
Bishop Montgomery High SchoolExcalibur
Bishop Moore Catholic High SchoolMoore Memories
Blue Valley High SchoolReflections
Blue Valley North High SchoolNorthern Light
Blue Valley Northwest High SchoolHorizon
Blue Valley Southwest High SchoolThe Vision
Bob Jones High SchoolThe Patriot
Boise High SchoolThe Courier
Braden River High SchoolThe Cannon
Branham High SchoolUrsa Major
Bridgeland High SchoolKodiak
Brighton High SchoolReflections
Broken Arrow High SchoolArrow Life
Brookfield Central High SchoolLegend
Brookville High SchoolBuzzer
Brookville Middle SchoolStinger
Brunswick High SchoolThe Trident
Bryant High SchoolHornet
Burges High SchoolHoofbeats
Burlingame High SchoolPanthertracks
Byron P. Steele, II High SchoolKnight’s Tale
Cactus Canyon Junior High SchoolOro
Cactus Shadows High SchoolThe Shadow
California School of the ArtsStargazer
Calvary Day SchoolBeacon
Cambridge Christian SchoolThe Sceptre
Canyon Vista Middle SchoolRoundup
Cape Fear AcademyShoreline
Carlsbad High SchoolPurple Shield
Carroll Senior High SchoolThe Dragon
Casa Roble High SchoolRampages
Casady SchoolTwister
Castle Rock Middle SchoolThe Crusader
Castle View High SchoolVieo
Cedar Park High SchoolTracks
Chantilly High SchoolOdyssey
Chaparral High SchoolGolden Images
Charles M. Russell High SchoolThe Russellog
Charles W. Flanagan High SchoolTalon
Chase County Jr.-Sr. High SchoolThe Chase
Cheney High SchoolTransposed
Cherokee Trail High SchoolThe Legend
Chisholm Trail High SchoolThe Frontier
Christ Presbyterian AcademyLion’s Roar
Cimarron Middle SchoolOur Tale
Cinco Ranch High SchoolPanorama
Classical Academy High SchoolThe Chronicle
Clayton High SchoolClamo
Cleveland STEM High SchoolAquila
Colonial Forge High SchoolApollo
Columbia High SchoolColumbian
Columbus North High SchoolLog
Conifer High SchoolCanis lupus
Coppell High SchoolRound-Up
Coral Academy of Science Middle SchoolFalcon’s Yearbook
Corning-Painted Post High SchoolTesserae
Corona del Sol High SchoolSunset
Coronado Middle SchoolSurfer
Cottage Grove High SchoolLion Tracks
Crescenta Valley High SchoolTalon
Crossings Christian SchoolThe Squire
Crown Point High SchoolExcalibur
Cupertino High SchoolThe Nugget
Daniel Pearl Magnet High SchoolPrestige
Darlington SchoolJabberwokk
Davie County High SchoolClarion
Del Campo High SchoolDecamhian
Del Norte High SchoolTraditions
Derby North Middle SchoolThe Falcon
Desert Ridge Junior High SchoolLa Cresta
Design Tech High SchoolThe Flame
Dominion High SchoolOdyssey
Drake Middle SchoolThe Lair
duPont Manual High SchoolThe Crimson
Eagle Rock Middle SchoolWhat’s Your Beat
Eastern Lebanon County High SchoolSigma
Eastview High SchoolLightyear
Edina High SchoolWhigrean
Eisenhower High SchoolEspirit De Corps
El Camino Real Charter SchoolEl Corazon
El Dorado High SchoolThe Legend
El Paso High SchoolThe Spur
El Roble Intermediate SchoolYearbook
Elk Grove High SchoolMontage
Excelsior Middle SchoolThe Falcon
Felix Varela Senior High SchoolCrotalus
Fenton High SchoolFentonian
Florida Christian SchoolPatriot
Fond du Lac High SchoolThe Cardinal
Fort Zumwalt West High SchoolThe Predator
Francis Howell High SchoolHowelltonian
Francis Howell North High SchoolExcalibur Yearbook
Francis Scott Key High SchoolThe Eagle
Fred T. Foard High SchoolQuatralog
Freedom High SchoolAquila
Gardner Edgerton High SchoolThe Trailblazer
Geneva School of BoerneThe Boardwalk
George C. Marshall High SchoolColumbian
Gilroy High SchoolLas Animas
Glacier Peak High SchoolThe Edge
Glenbrook South High SchoolEtruscan
Glencoe High SchoolG-Pause
Goddard Middle SchoolThe Year We Saw
Grain Valley High SchoolHeart of the Valley
Grand Blanc High SchoolEcho
Greece Athena High SchoolEkklesia
Green Valley High SchoolLegacy
Greenfield Junior High SchoolIngenium
Greenhill SchoolCavalcade
Greenspun Junior High SchoolGreenspun Nai’a
Greenwood Community High SchoolThe Woodman
Gresham High SchoolMunhinotu
Groton-Dunstable Regional High SchoolThe Key
Gulliver Academy Middle SchoolRaider
Gulliver Preparatory SchoolRaider
Gyeonggi Suwon Interntional SchoolThe Knights
H.B. Plant High SchoolPanther
Hagerty High SchoolFusion
Haltom High SchoolBuffalo
Har-Ber High SchoolThe Wildcat
Harding AcademyThe Wildcat
Harrisonburg High SchoolTaj
Hatboro-Horsham High SchoolHi-Hatter
Hays High SchoolIndian Call
Hendrickson High SchoolThe Talon
Heritage High SchoolThe Tribute
Hidden Valley High SchoolTheogony
Highland High SchoolTalon
Highland Park High SchoolThe Highlander
Hill Country Christian SchoolThe Bard
Hillsborough High SchoolHilsborean
Hinsdale Central High SchoolEl Diablo
Hinsdale South High SchoolVespa
Holland Hall SchoolEight Acres
Holy Innocents’ Episcopal SchoolUrsidae
Holy Trinity Episcopal AcademyTigrium
Homestead High SchoolPegasus
Horizon High SchoolHeritage
Humboldt High SchoolThe Cub
Huntington Middle SchoolEl Cazador
Huron High SchoolThe Enthymion
Independence High SchoolThe Reign
Indian Trail High School & AcademyThe Blaze
Inglemoor High SchoolScandia
J.W. Mitchell High SchoolThe Stampede
Jackson Preparatory SchoolPrecis
James Bowie High SchoolLone Star
James Enochs High SchoolWingspan
James Madison High SchoolMontpelier
Jefferson City High SchoolMarcullus
Joe E. Newsome High SchoolLegend
John & Randolph Foster High SchoolTalon, Talon
John Champe High SchoolThe Quest
John Paul Stevens High SchoolTradition
Johnston High SchoolThe Dragon
Judson High SchoolThe Rocket
Junction City High SchoolFelis Tigris
Jupiter Community High SchoolChieftain
Kealing Middle SchoolThe Vespa
Kearney High SchoolThe Clipper
Kingwood Park High SchoolThe Pride
Kirkwood High SchoolPioneer
Kiski Area High SchoolCampus
Klein High SchoolBearkat
Klein Oak High SchoolThe Oak
Lafayette High SchoolLegend
Lake Brantley High SchoolPatriots’ Pride
Lake Central High SchoolQuiver
Lake Orion High SchoolDragon
Lake Oswego High Schoollaker log
Lake Ridge High SchoolFidelity
Lakeshore High SchoolDriftwood
LAMP High SchoolThe Torch
Las Flores Middle SchoolLife & Style
Lawrence High SchoolRed & Black
Leander High SchoolThe Lair
Lee County High SchoolTrojan
Lee-Davis High SchoolThe Confederate
Legacy High SchoolLonghorns
Legacy High SchoolThe Arena
Legend High SchoolEpic
Lenoir City High SchoolL’Cean
Lewisville High SchoolThe Farmer
Liberal Arts and Science AcademyStetson
Liberty Christian AcademyRetrospect
Liberty High SchoolThe Spectator
Liberty North High SchoolThe Ayrie
Lindbergh High SchoolSpirit
Little Rock Central High SchoolThe Pix
Longmont High SchoolPriam
Loudoun Valley High SchoolSaga
Lovejoy High SchoolThe Leopard
Loveland High SchoolLohian
Lyons Township High SchoolTabulae
Madison High SchoolAlembic
Maine South High SchoolThe Eyrie
Mansfield High SchoolThe Tiger
Marjory Stoneman Douglas High SchoolAerie
Marlborough SchoolThe Sundial
Marquette High SchoolMedallion
Mary Institute/St Louis Country Day SchoolPhoenix
Mater Dei High SchoolCrown
Mauldin High SchoolReflections
McCallum High SchoolThe Knight
McGill-Toolen Catholic High SchoolVespidae
McKinney High SchoolThe Lion
McLean High SchoolCaledonia
McNeil High SchoolMaverick
Mead High SchoolPantera
Memorial High SchoolReata
Meridian High SchoolMeridian Moments
Mesquite High SchoolRoots
Miami Palmetto Senior High SchoolThe Palm Echo
Midlothian High SchoolTrojan
Mill Creek High SchoolAccipiter
Millard West High SchoolThe Prowler
Minnetonka High SchoolVoyageur
Monarch High SchoolMosaic
Mooresville High SchoolThe Pitchfork
Mountain View High SchoolLa Vista
Mountain View High SchoolThe View
Munster High SchoolParagon
Naperville North High SchoolReflections
New Boston High SchoolThe Lion’s Den
New Smyrna Beach Middle SchoolStingray Tales
Nixa High SchoolEagle
North Cobb High SchoolPanorama
North Cross SchoolThe Compass
North Salinas High SchoolValhalla
Northeastern High SchoolDaedalus
Northville High SchoolPalladium
NorthWood High SchoolLogue
Notre Dame de Sion High SchoolLe Flambeau
Oaks Christian High SchoolThe Pride
Oakville High SchoolTiger Paw
Olathe West High SchoolParliament
Olentangy Orange High SchoolThe Bronze Bayonet
Omaha Bryan High SchoolCrusader
One School of the ArtsThe Lion’s Pride
Orinda Intermediate SchoolOIS Scenario
Oswego East High SchoolWolf’s Eye
Overland High SchoolTrail
Oxford High SchoolThe Flashback
Oxnard High SchoolCardinal and Gold
Palm Harbor University High SchoolAftermath
Palos Verdes High SchoolTriton
Palos Verdes Peninsula High SchoolLa Pantera
Parkway West High SchoolPawesehi
Paso Del Norte SchoolThe Highlighter
Patrick Henry High SchoolThe Voice
Piedmont High SchoolOrganized Chaos
Pine Crest SchoolThe Crestian
Pine Forest High SchoolPifonoca
Pioneer High SchoolEquus
Pioneer Middle SchoolProwler
Piper High SchoolThe Pirate
Pittsford Mendon High SchoolHeimskringla
Plano East Senior High SchoolPanther Pride
Platte County High SchoolThe Pirateer
Pleasant Grove High SchoolThe Hawk
Portola High SchoolPride
Potomac Falls High SchoolThe Legacy
Pottsville Area High SchoolHi-S-Potts
Poway High SchoolOdyssey
Powell Middle SchoolThe Prowl
Prince George High SchoolPeerage
Prospect High SchoolCrest
Punahou SchoolOahuan
Putnam County High SchoolAerie
Ramay Junior High SchoolThe Indian
Raymore Peculiar South Middle SchoolThe Pack
Red Bluff High SchoolDictum Est
Redondo Union High SchoolPilot
Redwood High SchoolThe Log
Reno High SchoolReWaNe
Rick Reedy High SchoolThe Roar
Ridgeview Middle SchoolPanther
Rigby High SchoolIlliad
River Hill High SchoolTalon
Riverside High SchoolSakamow
Robinson Middle SchoolSentry
Robinson Secondary SchoolAbove & Beyond
Rock Bridge Senior High SchoolFlashback
Rock Canyon High SchoolBlack & Gold
Rock Port R-II High SchoolThe Blue Jay
Rock Ridge High SchoolGenesis
Rocklin High SchoolTonitrus
Rockwood Summit High SchoolPinnacle
Rogers High SchoolMountaineer
Rolling Hills Prep SchoolThe Husky: Momentum
Round Rock High SchoolDragon
Ruben Dario Middle SchoolConcolor
Rye High SchoolStagecoach
Saigon South International SchoolRong Phu’ong Nam
Salem High SchoolLaconian
Santiago High SchoolEl Tiburon
Saugus High SchoolSword & Shield
Seaholm High SchoolPiper
Seckman High SchoolThe Legacy
Second Baptist SchoolAquila Yearbook
Seminole High SchoolSalmagundi
Seminole Ridge High SchoolTalon
Seoul International SchoolTiger’s Eye
Seton Catholic PreparatoryThe Sentinel
Seven Lakes High SchoolThe Odyssey
Shawnee Mission East High SchoolHauberk
Shawnee Mission North High SchoolIndian
Shawnee Mission Northwest High SchoolThe Lair
Shawnee Mission South High SchoolHeritage
Shawnee Mission West High SchoolSaga
Sherwood High SchoolThe Quiver
Sierra Middle SchoolEagle Eye View
Smithson Valley High SchoolThe Ranger
Smithville High SchoolThe Warrior
Smoky Hill High SchoolSummit
Somers High SchoolThe Spartan
Souderton Area High SchoolUnaliyi
South Lakes High SchoolFreebird
Spectrum High SchoolThe Accolade
St. Ann Catholic SchoolThe Hoofbeat
St. Lucy’s Priory High SchoolAdventure Book
St. Mark’s School of TexasMarksmen
St. Paul VI High SchoolImprints
St. Teresa’s AcademyThe Teresian
St. Thomas’ Episcopal SchoolThe Belltower
Stafford High SchoolIndian Legend
Staley High SchoolLegacy
Steinbrenner High SchoolThe Odyssey
Stephen F. Austin High SchoolThe Comet
Stewarts Creek High SchoolThe Talon
Stigler High SchoolPanthera Pardus
Stockbridge High SchoolThe Panther
Stoney Creek High SchoolCougar Tales
Strake Jesuit College PreparatoryThe Crusader
Stratford High SchoolMnemosyne
Suffolk Christian AcademyShield
Suncoast High SchoolRenaissance
Sunny Hills High SchoolHelios
Syracuse Junior Senior High SchoolThe Syracusan
T. R. Robinson High SchoolExcalibur
Tallulah Falls SchoolLegend
Temple City High SchoolTemplar
Texas High SchoolTiger
The Archer School for GirlsHestia’s Flame
The Benjamin Middle SchoolAzimuth
The Bronx High School of ScienceThe Observatory
The Episcopal School of DallasCarillon
The Hockaday SchoolCornerstones
The John Cooper SchoolParagon
The Village SchoolThe Viking
The Westminster SchoolsLynx
The Woodlands High SchoolThe Claymore
Thomas Jefferson High School/Science/TechTechniques
Tigard High SchoolThe Tiger
Timberview Middle SchoolThe View
Tompkins High SchoolThe Talon
Triad High SchoolKnightline
Trinity Christian SchoolSaltshaker
Trinity High SchoolTriune
Trinity Preparatory SchoolChi Rho
Troy High SchoolGladiator
Turner Ashby High SchoolCrag
Unalaska City High SchoolIslander Yearbook
University City High SchoolExcelsus
University High SchoolOdyssey
University of Chicago Laboratory High SchoolU-Highlights
University Preparatory SchoolThe Prowler
Utica High SchoolWarrior
Valhalla High SchoolRagnarˆk
Vista Ridge High SchoolThe Lonestar
W. R. Thomas Middle SchoolTiger’s Roar
Walnut High SchoolCayuse
Wando High SchoolLegend
Ward Melville High SchoolInvictus
West Covina High SchoolThe Quest
West Forsyth High SchoolZephyr
West Henderson High SchoolWestwind
West High SchoolChieftain
West Linn High SchoolGreen & Gold
West Wilkes High SchoolThe Hawkeye
Western High SchoolCalibre
Westfield Middle SchoolThe Scrapbook
Westwood High SchoolThe Heritage
Whitney High SchoolDetails
William R. Boone High SchoolLegend
Willow Springs Middle SchoolThe Rosette
Winnetonka High SchoolOdyssey
Woodcreek High SchoolLykos
Woodland Junior High SchoolThe Round-Up
Woodward AcademyPhoenix
Wylie East High SchoolThe Dynasty
Yukon High SchoolThe Miller
Zionsville Community High SchoolAerie