Nebraska high school students have won awards in 10 categories of the 2019 National Federation of Press Women’s (NFPW’s) High School Communications Contest. Honors include one first-place award, one second-place award, five third-place finishes and three honorable mentions.

The winners were among students from eight Nebraska high schools whose work advanced to national competition after placing first in the Nebraska Press Women (NPW) High School Communications Contest. The competition includes categories for writing, photography and design, broadcasting and video.

National winners are:

  • Video sports story, first place – Chris Speeks and Dre Hill, Westside High School, Omaha
  • Sports photo, second place – Hannah Bena, Marian High School, Omaha
  • Editorial, third place – Natalie Gill, Westside High School, Omaha
  • Review, third place – Kirsten Wandrey, Millard North High School, Omaha
  • Double-truck layout, third place – Molly Murch, Millard North High School, Omaha
  • Video news story, third place – LeAnne Bugay and Ayanna Solomon-Smith, Bellevue West High School, Bellevue
  • Yearbook photo, third place – Anjalia Nooka, Millard North High School, Omaha
  • Single-page layout, honorable mention – Cole Kalkowski, Mount Michael Benedictine High School, Elkhorn
  • Graphics/photo illustration, honorable mention – Ramya Iyer, Westside High School, Omaha
  • Yearbook copywriting, honorable mention – Makenna Bird, Dorchester High School, Dorchester

All national winners were invited to the Youth Awards Luncheon at the annual NFPW Communications Conference, which was June 29 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.