The Pony Express is now ranked among the top five high school newspapers in the state. In all, the Center Hill High School student newspaper and its staff were recognized in 18 categories during a virtual awards ceremony presented April 9 by the Mississippi Scholastic Press Association.
In the Best of Show awards, three finalists and one winner are named in each category. Lacey Buckley won Best Graphic Illustration and Lily Dawson won Best Covid-19 Writing. Dawson was also a finalist for Best Sports Photo and Ella McAlister was a finalist for Best Headline.
In the Best of Mississippi competition, five finalists and one winner are named in each category. Dawson won Best Opinion Piece.
Tony Macklin, News Story
Shelby Parsons, News Story
Jose Esquivel, Feature Story
Zackery Blaisdell, Opinion Story
Lacey Buckley, Editorial Cartoon
Morgan Ewing, News Photo
Brandon Mayse, Page Design (twice) and Infographic
Co-adviser Ginny Shikle was also named a finalist for Newspaper Adviser of the Year. In addition to the Top 5 placement for News Publication of the Year, The Pony Express was recognized as a finalist in News and Feature Writing, Opinion Writing, Print Layout and Design, Online Presence, and Social Media Presence.
A complete list of winners is available at mississippischolasticpress.com.