North Platte High School journalists won three gold medals at the 2021 Nebraska State Activities Assocation’s Class B State competition held April 26 in Norfolk.

Senior Sophia Walsh, the editor-in-chief of the North Platte Bulldogger newspaper earned the state championship for infographic design.

Junior Beckett Allen earned first place in newspaper feature writing. The Round Up yearbook also earned a gold medal for this year’s theme development — Behind the Mask.

For the first time, every student who competed in the State contest earned a medal. The other student journalists’ rankings are as follows:

● Fifth Place in Editorial Writing–Beckett Allen (‘22)
● Sixth Place in Newspaper Layout Design — Treven Hipwell (‘21)
● Seventh Place Newspaper News Writing — Sophia Walsh (‘21)
● Eighth Place in Newspaper Sports Feature Writing — Priscila Mondragõn (‘21)
● Eighth Place in Yearbook Feature Writing — Ashlynn Baker (‘22)
● Eighth Place in Sports/Action Photography — Elsacia Buck (‘22)

Students across Nebraska compete in 25 different categories that range from writing and reporting, graphic design, newspaper and yearbook production, and broadcasting. NPHS entered 21 of the 25 categories.

Due to COVID restrictions, the students competed live on Monday, April 26, but had to wait until Friday to see their results.

The awards ceremony was broadcast live and can be replayed HERE.

All Class B awards can be found HERE

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