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Winnetonka, Staley high school students make all-state journalist team

Haylee Roberts (left) and Katie Bullock have been named to the 2018 All-State Journalism Team.
Haylee Roberts (left) and Katie Bullock have been named to the 2018 All-State Journalism Team. Submitted photos

North Kansas City School District

Top student journalists: Two of 10 high school students chosen for the 2018 All-State Journalism Team are juniors in the district.

Katie Bullock from Winnetonka High School and Haylee Roberts from Staley High School qualified for the team sponsored by the Missouri Journalism Education Association.

To qualify, student journalists must demonstrate leadership, expertise, energy and dedication to their school’s publications. They are considered “most valuable players” in their school media.

At Winnetonka, Katie is editor-in-chief of the online news site, Tonka News, and of the monthly newsmagazine, Griffin Rites. She also runs the news operations’ social media outlets.

At Staley, Haylee is editor-in-chief, copy editor and sports section editor for Talon magazine. She also designs, writes and takes photos.

Park Hill High School

Jackson Elder

Research recognized: Jackson Elder, a senior, placed fourth in the Pittsburg State University Research Colloquium.

Jackson’s research about education funding was his Advanced Placement Research capstone project.

The colloquium promotes research and showcases students’ work. This was the first year high school students participated in the event. University faculty and staff in Pittsburg, Kan., judged the entries.

Kansas State University

Northlander stands out: Staci Gann from Liberty received a Dean of Student Life Outstanding Graduating Senior Award.

Gann is a senior majoring in family studies and human services. She was one of 12 students selected based on significant contributions to student life and the university community.

Compiled by Su Bacon, Special to The Star

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