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Posted on: April 16, 2018

Ray-Pec High School students receive state journalism awards


The annual state journalism awards were announced at the end of March. Raymore Peculiar High School’s media students were recognized for their work throughout the 2017-18 year in high school publications. The state awards are held in conjunction with J-Day at the University of Missouri. Nearly 1,300 students and advisers attended the 49th annual J-Day celebration sponsored by the Missouri Interscholastic Press Association. 

MIPA recognizes All-Missouri, Superior, Excellent and Honorable Mention work with certificates. MIPA judges chose roughly the top 10% of the entries to recognize as All-Missouri award winners.

A complete list of individual and overall contest winners is available at:

Here is a list of the Ray-Pec awards:


  • Bryanna Gordon, Comic Con, Broadcast, News Story
  • Abigail Prince, Solving Anna’s Murder, Online, Feature Package
  • Sydney Bearden, Pre Game Fog Jog, Photo, Sports Action
  • Jennifer Aguilar and Martha Campos, Journalism Page, Yearbook, Design
  • Sydnie Stewart, Fall Show, Yearbook, Design
  • Zoe Blackburn and Kenzi Jones, Letterman Jacket, Yearbook, Design


  • Jennifer Aguilar, Ribbons for Sydney Steinhurst, Online, Feature Story
  • Jennifer Aguilar, Even Steers, and Martha Campos, Voice of safety for Vegas, Online, Feature Story
  • Staff, RayPecNow online website, Online, Overall
  • Miranda Howe, Student Leadership, Yearbook, Design


  • Hailey Mendenhall, Freshmen Teaming, Broadcast, News Story
  • Jennifer Aguilar, Small Town, Big Game: Luke Grimm, Online, Feature Story
  • Staff, Emerson Bishop: 1 out of 3,500, Online, Feature Story
  • Evan Steers, Prerace, Photo, Sports Reaction
  • Kinzie Waide, Girls Golf Page, Yearbook, Design
  • Staff, The Panther, Yearbook, Design

Honorable Mention

  • Tyler Gray, Arranged Marriage, Broadcast, Human Interest Feature
  • Staff, Panther Times, Newspaper, Overall
  • Abigail Prince, Road Blocks, Newspaper, News Story
  • Abigail Prince, District Tax Levy of 2018, Online, Breaking News Package
  • Ross Lagis and Hailey Jackman, No Pain No Gain, Online, Sports Package

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