Awards and honors

The West Side Story staff at the 2019 Iowa High School Press Association after being named on of the All Iowa News Teams of the Year.

Awards arranged from most recently received to least recently received.

Recognized as a 2020 IHSPA Scholar

Spring 2020 IHSPA first place winner in the multimedia new story category for “Iowa caucus preview: how students can get involved this February

The WSS staff was awarded first place for web design for wsspaper.com by IHSPA for the Spring 2020 contest.

The WSS staff was recognized as an IHSPA Class C 2020 News Team of the Year Finalist.

Spring 2020 IHSPA second place in the personality profile category for “Postoperative

Spring 2020 IHSPA third place in the multimedia feature story category for “Coming Out Day: ‘It’s too much work to not be who you are.’”

Spring 2020 IHSPA third place in the multimedia news story category for “Iowa caucus recap: student perspectives and result analysis

Spring 2020 IHSPA third place in the multimedia news story category for “Iowa caucus recap: student perspectives and result analysis

Spring 2020 IHSPA third place in the news story category for “West High Supply preps for grand re-opening

2020 Iowa High School Journalist of the Year

Recipient of the Bill Mertens Memorial Daily Iowan Scholarship

Featured on Best of SNO for “Friend crush: Katy Nahra, Ann Rocarek and Christian Aanestad

Featured on Best of SNO for “Iowa caucus recap: student perspectives and result analysis.

Featured on Best of SNO for “The man behind the merch.”

Featured on Best of SNO for “Iowa caucus preview: how students can get involved this February.”

Featured on Best of SNO for “The financial factor.”

Featured on Best of SNO for “Postoperative.”

Featured on Best of SNO for “From the page to the stage.”

Featured on Best of SNO for “Friendship: an underappreciated necessity.

IHSPA second place multimedia feature story for “Resilience.”

Honorable mention for Writer of the Year in 2019 for IHSPA.

A Top Ten Emerging Journalist in 2019 for IHSPA.

Featured on Best of SNO for “Providing a bright spot.”

Quill and Scroll honorable mention in Health, Science and Agriculture for “Unlikely exercise companions.”

Featured on Best of SNO for “Handling life.”

Featured on Best of SNO for “Resilience.”

Featured on Best of SNO for “Pakistan to the USA: the journey to paraeducation.”

Featured on Best of SNO for “From a kid with a toy to a champion with a platform.”

Iowa High School Press Association 2018 Spring Journalism Contest: Second place in podcasting for “West Side Radio: Spilling the Tea”, third place in multimedia story-news for “24 Units to change 24 lives” and third place for multimedia story-feature for “Prioritizing your passion”. The entire staff also received second in the place in the state for web design and social media.

Quill and Scroll Squad
Online staffers who received an an award in the from Quill and Scroll in 2018. I am standing in the top row, third form the left. This picture was taken by our adviser, Sara Whittaker.

Honorable mention in Quill and Scroll 2018 in Profiling Writing category for “Prioritizing your passion.”

Featured on Best of SNO for “Cultural proficiency team takes new approach to MLK day celebrations.”

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