Omaha Marian students won two national first place awards in the National Federation of Press Women High School Communications Contest, and Hastings High School had a repeat first place winner. A Marian student also won a third place award, and Grand Island Senior High students won a third place and an honorable mention.

Awards were presented at the NFPW Conference Aug. 22-24 in Salt Lake City, Utah, by President Lori Potter of Kearney.

Award winners from Nebraska, the categories for which they were honored, and the titles of their entries are as follows:

First Place, columns: Alexis Vinton, Marian High School, Omaha, “Scrolling Through Life: Children Lose Imagination Between www. and the .com”; “Introducing Introverts: There Are Perks to Being a Wallflower”; “Feminism: Uncalled-For Radicalism or Cry for Equality?”

First Place, video news story: Shane Samuelson, Hastings High School, Hastings, “A Test of Social Security”. Samuelson won in the same category and one other last year.

First Place, yearbook copywriting: Sydney Pelster, Marian High School, Omaha, “The Girl Behind the Guitar”.

Second Place, feature photo: Miranda Wieczorek, Grand Island Senior High School, Grand Island, “Nerveless Nocks Thrill Show performs Friday, Aug., 31, at the Nebraska State Fair in Grand Island.” This stunt act was just one of the many free entertainment shows performed daily.

Third Place, environment: Kellie Wasikowski, Omaha Westside High School, “Education Key to Recycling Effort”.

Third Place, yearbook layout: Emily Fisher, Marian High School, Omaha, “Communication Innovation”.

Honorable Mention, review: Abigal Kutlas, Grand Island Senior High School, “Nutella: Peanut Butter’s New Nemesis”.