Sevastopol Paper Earns Host of Honors

The Sevastopol High School newspaper, The Pioneer Chips, earned a red ribbon award and the Pioneer 2010 yearbook took top honors with a blue ribbon at the Northeastern Wisconsin Scholastic Press Association (NEWSPA) conference at the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh April 13.

Former yearbook editors Madeline Popelka, now a freshman at Yale University, and Hannah Erickson, currently a Rotary exchange student in Ecuador, received special recognition with a NEWSPA pin for winning three first-place awards for cover design, best division page, and computer graphics.

Individual first-place newspaper awards went to junior Christiana Gorchynsky, serious column; senior Riley Spetz, sports column; Erin Scanlon, entertaining feature story; and senior Logan Haen, news-based feature story.

In the photography division, senior Jenna Kugler, Courtney Peterson, Liz Burke, Tori Oldenburg, and Mallory Rankin all earned a first place.

First-place yearbook honors went to Kugler, student life double-page spread and copy package; Tori Oldenburg, sports story; and Robynn Schopf, sports double-page spread. Kugler was also awarded a NEWSPA recognition pin.

Sevastopol’s journalism students took home a total of 38 individual awards.

During a conference luncheon attended by advisers and professional journalists from around the state, senior Logan Haen received a $500 journalism scholarship. He plans to major in journalism at UW-Milwaukee in the fall. Linda Thompson is adviser for both publications.