‘West Side Story’ staffers finalists in national story, design of the year contests

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Eight students on the 2013-2014 West Side Story staff are finalists in the National Scholastic Press Association’s 2014 Individual Award Contest. Pictured above are seniors Jaycie Weathers, Katie Peplow, Brittani Langland and Megumi Kitamoto. Not pictured are 2014 graduates Lydia Hinman, Hilah Kohen, Hannah Muellerleile and Blake Oetting.

Eleven students on the 2013-2014 West Side Story staff are finalists in the National Scholastic Press Association’s 2014 Individual Award Contest. Pictured above are seniors Jaycie Weathers, Katie Peplow, Brittani Langland and Megumi Kitamoto. Not pictured are 2014 graduates Lydia Hinman, Hilah Kohen, Hannah Muellerleile and Blake Oetting.
Eleven students on the 2013-2014 West Side Story staff are finalists in the National Scholastic Press Association’s 2014 Individual Award Contest. Pictured above (left to right) are seniors Jaycie Weathers, Katie Peplow, Brittani Langland and Megumi Kitamoto. Not pictured are 2014 graduates Lydia Hinman, Hilah Kohen, Hannah Muellerleile, Blake Oetting, Leela Sathyaputri, Tyler Voss and Shirley Wang.

Eleven students on the 2013-2014 West Side Story staff are finalists in the National Scholastic Press Association’s 2014 Individual Award Contest. Pictured above (left to right) are seniors Jaycie Weathers, Katie Peplow, Brittani Langland and Megumi Kitamoto. Not pictured are 2014 graduates Lydia Hinman, Hilah Kohen, Hannah Muellerleile, Blake Oetting, Leela Sathyaputri, Tyler Voss and Shirley Wang.

Kitamoto and Kohen are finalists in the Diversity Story of the Year Contest for their article titled “Searching for Peace” that ran in the March 2014 issue of West Side Story.

Hinman, Kitamoto, Langland, Muellerleile, Oetting, Peplow and Weathers are finalists in the Multimedia Sports Story of the Year contest for their web coverage titled “Homecoming 2013 recap.”

Voss and Wang are finalists in the Infographics Design of the Year contest for their infographic titled “Senior Class 2014: By the Numbers.”

Sathyaputri and Wang are finalists in the Illustration Design of the Year contest for their illustration on the cover of the September 2013 issue.

The first place winners in each category will compete for the $1,000 Brasler Prize, judged by Wayne Brasler of University High School in Chicago. First through fifth places and honorable mentions will be announced at the JEA/NSPA Fall National High School Journalism Convention on Nov. 8 in Washington D.C..

The Multimedia Story of the Year contest is co-sponsored by PBS NewsHour Extra and honors student work in three categories: News, Feature and Sports. Entries were judged based on the following criteria:

  • Value, importance or worth of story
  • Innovation in use of multimedia
  • Technical quality of multimedia elements
  • Adherence to copyright laws
  • Quality of writing and editing
  • Credibility and leadership

The print Story of the Year contest is co-sponsored by The Headline Club, the Chicago chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. The contest honors student work in the following categories: News, Feature, Editorial, Sports and Diversity. The categories combined yielded more than 750 entries. Judges selected finalists based on the following criteria:

  • Value, importance or worth of story
  • Quality of reporting and quotes
  • Quality of writing and editing
  • Credibility and leadership