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GR8 JOB!: First-year journalism program wins multiple awards

Source: KIPP Blytheville Collegiate High School) Source: KIPP Blytheville Collegiate High School)
KIPP students who won awards from the Arkansas Scholastic Press Association) KIPP students who won awards from the Arkansas Scholastic Press Association)
BLYTHEVILLE, AR (KAIT) -

Young journalists at one Region 8 school made a great first impression during their inaugural year.

Journalism adviser Tracey Thompson for the KIPP Blytheville Collegiate High School started the journalism program and states the students have had much success.

Thompson states the group has won almost 40 awards in various journalistic competitions, including four national awards. She said she is proud of the group's work. 

"Our biggest thrill was when ninth grade student Aaliyah Davis was notified that she was a national winner in the Jostens Photo Contest. This is an extremely competitive contest, with only about 2% of those who enter winning any type of award. She won fifth place in the Student Life category. Her photo will be featured in the Jostens Look Book next year and in other promotional materials," Thompson said. "I was so excited when I got the email that she had won. She happened to be in the class I had at the time, and I scared all the other students by screaming out her name. Our wonderful first year was capped off with 27 wins at the Arkansas Scholastic Press Association Convention in Hot Springs last week. For a first-year program to come home with students placing in the “of the Year” competitions is incredible. I was also thrilled that the staff earned seven superior awards and a Best of ASPA. I am extremely proud of my staff, and they are still working hard to produce content for the website and complete the yearbook," Thompson said.

GR8 job to all the student journalists!

Below is a complete list of the awards won:

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