Westside High School won the 2022 Sweepstakes Award.

Congratulations to the winners of this year’s Nebraska Press Women High School Communications Contest. Westside High School in Omaha won the sweepstakes award, and Marian High School, also in Omaha, placed runner-up. Students from 13 schools won individual awards in the areas of news, opinion and column writing, photography, graphic and page design, video production, radio and television broadcasting, and yearbook writing, photography and layout. There are 23 categories in all.

Entries were judged by communications professionals, with constructive feedback provided on each entry. 

First-place entries in the state contest advance to the National Federation of Press Women contest. Nebraska students won 12 awards in the 2022 contest. See the list of national winners from Nebraska. Visit the NFPW website to see a list of all national winners and find links to first-place entries.

Entries for the 2023 contest are currently being accepted. The deadline to submit entries is noon on Feb. 8, 2023.

5 Reasons to Enter the High School Contest

  1. The statewide contest is open to both male and female students across the state. Students compete with other outstanding communicators in their quest for excellence.
  2. There are 23 categories in the areas of news, electronic media and yearbook. See the complete list.
  3. Entries are judged by professionals who provide feedback on each entry.
  4.  All winners receive certificates and are recognized at NPW’s spring conference luncheon. The school receiving the sweepstakes award receives a trophy and $100 for its journalism department.
  5. First-place winners in each category advance to the National Federation of Press Women’s national contest. This is the ONLY national competition for high school journalists.  All national winners receive a certificate.

All 2023 contest entries must have been published, e-published, broadcast or issued between Feb. 1, 2022, and Jan. 31, 2023.  The state entry fee for the contest is $5 per entry with entries submitted electronically. The entry deadline is noon on Feb. 8, 2023.

Find out more about the high school contest online at the NFPW website.  Additional details about the contest, including the category descriptions and entry information, are included here. Enter the Nebraska contest

For more information on the state contest, contact Sherry Thompson by email.

The NFPW contest is endorsed by the National Association of Secondary School Principals. Dow Jones announces first-place winners and promotes the competition in its publication distributed to journalism advisers across the nation, giving students and their teachers/advisers local and nationwide recognition.

2022 Winners

Westside High School in Omaha has earned the Sweepstakes Award in the 2022 Nebraska Press Women (NPW) High School Communications Contest, and Marian High School was runner-up. The annual competition included 258 entries by students from 13 Nebraska high schools. The contest, which is open to high school students across the state, includes categories in the areas of writing, visual, broadcast or video, and yearbook. See the complete list of 2022 NPW winners.