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SPA student journalists honored at JEA/NSPA National Journalism Convention in St. Louis

Student journalists from Ibid yearbook, Iris: Art + Lit, The Rubicon/RubicOnline, and the Writing for Publication class traveled to St. Louis, MO for the JEA/NSPA National Journalism Convention from November 10-13, 2022.

NSPA Best of Show

The Best of Show contest was competitive and featured the best publications in the country. Overall, SPA came home with three Best of Show awards.

  • 6th Place: Newspaper - The Rubicon
  • 7th Place: The 2022 Ibid, “You INSPIRE me” - Ibid. This is the first time in Ibid history that our yearbook has taken home a national Best of Show award.
  • 7th Place: Iris: Art + Lit magazine: Literary Art Magazine - “hue”

NSPA Individual Awards

SPA had two projects ultimately recognized with awards at the convention.

  • Honorable Mention: Best Use of Social Media: Leona Barocas '23 
    • Social Media Promotion for work @ibidspa on Instagram: This is the first time in Ibid history that a yearbook specialist has been a finalist for an NSPA Individual Award
  • 5th Place: Design of the Year - Georgia Ross ’25 & PJ Bohjanen ’25
    • Newspaper Page/Spread: May Sports


While in St. Louis, seven of our journalists competed in National Student Media Contests, which are on-site opportunities where participants walk into a room and have two hours to get the information that they need to produce copy and turn it in on a deadline. With over 1100 entries, JEA awarded 75 superior, 168 excellent, and 266 honorable mentions; our journalists brought home four awards:

Honorable Mention

  • Leona Barocas '23 - Yearbook Caption/Copy: Sports
  • All Browne '23 - Feature Writing
  • Alexandra Cardwell '23 - Review Writing

Superior (Journalism Medal)

  • Johanna Pierach '25 - Literary Magazine Poetry

Congratulations to our student journalists!