Nebraska high school students earned two first places, two second places, four third places and nine honorable mentions in the National Federation of Press Women High School Communications Contest. Winners were announced during a May 17 awards ceremony held via Zoom.

First-place entries in the Nebraska Press Women High School Communications Contest advanced to the national round of competition. The contest recognizes students in 23 categories representing a variety of areas including writing, photography, graphics, page layout, and yearbook.

Nebraska’s national winners are from eight schools – Dorchester Public School in Dorchester, Gretna High School in Gretna, Lexington High School in Lexington, Marian High School in Omaha, Millard North High School in Omaha, Millard South High School in Omaha, Ralston High School in Ralston, and Westside High School in Omaha.

First-place honorees are:

  • Yearbook Layout – Brooklyn Lul, Lexington High School, Created to Create
  • Yearbook Copywriting – Nina Kudlacz, Ralston High School, For Tanner

Second-place winners are:

  • Cartooning – Cecilia Urbanski, Marian High School, Proud to be an American
  • Radio/Television Interview or Talk Show – Max Coughlin, Westside High School, Full Court Press

Third-place winners are:

  • Sports Photo – Cecilia Gerard, Westside High School, Making Waves
  • Single Page Layout – Sydney Fuehringer-Rolles, Westside High School, Bow Tie Boys
  • Double-truck Layout –  Alexa Leiting, Millard South High School, The Hubbub Surrounding Grub
  • Best Newscast: Radio or Television – Umanga Ghimire and Emily Jasa, Westside High School, Warrior Television Broadcast Package

Honorable mention awards went to:

  • News Story – Ainsley Meyerson, Westside High School, Memorial Soccer Game.
  • Sports story – Ally Seevers, Millard South High School, Bye Bye Backflips
  • Columns or Blog – Teagan Lynch, Millard North High School, Twisted Reality
  • Environment – Cecilia Urbanski, Marian High School, How Far Is Too Far? Resisting Climate Change
  • Radio or Podcast Prepared Report – Brody Heidemann, Gretna High School, GHS NFL Playoff Predictions.
  • Video News Story – Jadyn Paul and Maddie McGee, Millard North High School, Extra Extra On Stage
  • Video Feature Story – Lydia Bruckner, Millard South High School, Ready, Set, March!
  • Video Sports Story – Joe Vermillion and Umanga Ghimire, Westside High School, Kicker Tristan Alvano Reflects on High School Career and Looks Toward Future
  • Yearbook Photo – Gabby Theis, Dorchester Public School, Baylor Making a Chemistry Mixture