First Place Win in Nationwide Communication Contest

The National Federation of Press Women hosts a nationwide communication contest and nearly 2,000 students participated. Students first competed in a state-wide communications contest
and first place winners
were selected to advance to the national round of competition. First-place winners at this level receive an award certificate, an invitation to the National High School Luncheon at the National Conference held in Fargo, ND, and a check for $100 per entry.

The National Federation of Press Women has released all student placings in its national high school journalism contest. Uniontown High school had two students who placed first at the state level and qualified for the national competition. We are thrilled to announce that Payton Hostetler has won first place for his The Impact of COVID-19 on UHS video. He and Grant Barcheck won second place for the UHS News: One Year Later newscast.

The top finishers were represented from states across the country and the results are posted online at 2022 High School Contest Winners (nfpw.org). UHS had two out of only eight entries from Pennsylvania schools that received an honorable mention or higher ranking in this national contest — as a follow-up to their first-place ranking in the state contest. Congratulations and well done capturing these important stories.

  1. Video News Story — Payton Hostetler, Uniontown Area Senior High School, for “The Impact of COVID-19 on UHS.”
  2. Best Newscast — Radio or TV — Payton Hostetler and Grant Barcheck, Uniontown Area Senior High School for “UHS News: One Year Later — Social Distance Edition.”
  3. News Story  —  Sophia Pan, Maddie Pulliam and Ben Shapiro, Conestoga High School, Berwyn, for “Conestoga’s Cutthroat Culture”
  4. Feature Story — Greta Miller, Eleanor Creelman and Ari Bowman of Emmaus High School for “Self-medication: When substance abuse and mental health collide.”
  5. Sports Story — Julius Diossa, Bellwood-Antis High School, Bellwood, for “In Caracciolo, the Devils have lost a crucial part of their football team.”
  6. Cartooning — Sadie Kennedy of Emmaus High School for “Why inclusive sex education is vital to EPSD students and their health”
  7. Environment — Rebecca Beckas and Alyssa Hillwig, Shaler Area High School, for “Sustainability class having impact on students and the community.
  8. Yearbook Layout — Lucy Bickel, Eastern Lebanon County School District for “Likes and Comment — Social Media Spread” 

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