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Satanta Chieftain Staff Attends KSPA State Contest

Photo by Adan Gutierrez


Satanta High School’s 2019 Chieftain Staff attended the Kansas Scholastic Press Association (KSPA) State Journalism Contest in Lawrence, KS on May 4, 2019. Over 1,200 students from across the State of Kansas competed in the 2019 KSPA State Journalism in over 20 categories split into digital submission and on-site competitions. Students qualified for State Journalism by placing at the KSPA Regional Contest at Fort Hays State University in February.


Senior Brooke Abernathy qualified and competed in Copy Editing, Cutline Writing, Headline Writing & Design, and Infographics, and competed in all four categories at State Journalism Contest. Junior Hunter Clark competed at Regional Competition in Academic Photography, Yearbook Theme & Graphics, News Writing, and Sports Writing. Junior Ava Howie qualified for State Journalism in Editorial Writing and Student Life Photography. Junior Houston Friend qualified in Sports Writing, News Writing, Academic Photography, and Sports Photography. Friend entered photography pieces in the Academics and Sports Photography categories for State Journalism. Senior Adan Gutierrez qualified in Editorial Cartoon, Sports Photography, and Student Life Photography.


At State, Gutierrez received first place in Class 1A Sports Photography for his photo depicting the baseball team celebrating a home run. Gutierrez’s photography piece will be published in the KSPA Annual Simply Better publication, which is shared across the state. Comments from the judges will also be published with Gutierrez’s photo. One judge wrote, “While sports is full of intense moments, you have done all of the right things to frame a particularly emotional composition here. While not everyone plays sports, people can connect to sports through the common emotions of sports: elation and disappointment, frustration and euphoria. In this way, photos like yours can connect the sports fan or the indifferent reader to sports moments. Well done! Captions -- at their best -- should answer a viewer's questions about a photo. Your caption has done all of that and more, and your readers will be grateful. All of the basics are here: clear sentence construction, AP style, active verbs, factual information about the situation and important context. Captions are often overlooked, but this caption shows exemplary attention to detail.