Work by media students throughout the region received recognition at the 23rd annual Southern Media Showcase at Missouri Southern State University on Thursday, Dec. 5. Close to 300 high school students gathered in Corley Auditorium for the presentations and awards.
This year’s competition featured more than 300 entries in print and video work – ranging from writing, photography, design, documentary, news, sports, comedy and music. Schools ranging from Springfield to Southeast Kansas participated and attended the event.
After hearing presentations from local media professionals, students were able to see highlights of the finalists in each category. Winners were then announced and presented with awards. Students receiving 1st through 3rd place awards received medals. Certificates were presented to those who received honorable mentions.
In addition to individual awards, schools were recognized with Sweepstakes awards, recognizing the highest number of winning entries. Publication Sweepstakes Awards went to Joplin High School in first place, Webb City High School in second and Nixa High School in third. Video Sweepstakes Awards went to Webb City High School in first place, Joplin High School in second and Southeast High School in third.
The annual Will Norton Passion for Video Award was also presented. It honors the memory of the Joplin High School student who had a strong passion for media work, and lost his life in the 2011 tornado. This year’s honorees are Luke Quesenberry (Webb City High School) and Samantha Walker (Joplin High School).
Media Showcase is sponsored by the Department of Communication at Missouri Southern State University, with faculty, staff and students working together on the event. Support is provided by the Ruth I. Kolpin Foundation, Missouri Broadcasters Association, Missouri Press Association, the local chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, KOAM-TV and the Southern admissions office.