Local students earn state journalism honors

By NEAL WAGNER / Managing Editor

TUSCALOOSA – Several schools in Shelby County earned high honors at the recent Alabama Scholastic Press Association’s awards convention, and one Thompson High School student made history by sweeping all three individual senior journalist awards.

THS, Oak Mountain Middle School, Briarwood Christian School, Pelham High School and Spain Park High School earned awards during the ASPA convention, which was held on Feb. 17 at The University of Alabama.

THS TV student Brady Talbert earned 12 awards at the convention, including all three senior awards: Alabama Broadcasters Association’s Broadcast Journalist of the Year, ASPA’s Journalist of the Year and the J.B. Stevenson Scholarship. Talbert is the first student in the state to earn all three senior awards, and will now move on to represent Alabama at the National Scholastic Press Association Convention, where he will be up for the honor of National Journalist of the Year.

The following schools and individuals also won awards at the convention:

Broadcast overall

All-Alabama: Thompson High School

Superior: Oak Mountain Middle School

Honor: Oak Mountain High School

Literary magazine overall

All-Alabama: Briarwood Christian School

Superior: Pelham High School

Literary magazine

Landscape photo: Third place, Peyton Strickland, Pelham High School

Portrait photo: First place, Mia Mauberret, Briarwood Christian School

Photography portfolio: Second place, Aaron Squires, Pelham High School

Student art: Third place, Savannah Mercer, Pelham High School

Poetry: Second place, Natalie Lett, Briarwood Christian School. Third place, Destiny Reid, Pelham High School

Fiction, long: First place, Robin Reese, Briarwood Christian School

Fiction, short: Second place, Natalie Lett, Briarwood Christian School

Essay: Third place, Kyra Harris, Pelham High School

Humor: First place, George Moore, Briarwood Christian School. Second place, Anna Smith, Pelham High School. Third place, Will Baumbach, Briarwood Christian School.

Creative nonfiction: First place, Ceec Messerschmidt, Pelham High School

Poetry spread: First place Jude Agan, Pelham High School. Second place, Casey Brooks, Pelham High School. Honorable mention, Camdyn Gilbert, Briarwood Christian School.

Nonfiction spread: First place, Connor Pelham, Briarwood Christian School. Second place, Ross Godbehere, Briarwood Christian School.

Theme development: First place, Briarwood Christian School

Broadcast

News anchor: First place, Brady Talbert, Thompson High School. Second place, Constance McKnight, Thompson High School.

Sports anchor: First place, Matthew Killingsworth, Thompson High School. Second place, Constance McKnight, Thompson High School.

Videography: First place, Brady Talbert, Thompson High School

Sports story/reporting: First place, Sammy Chatham, Thompson High School. Second place, Nick Adams, Thompson High School. Third place, Ashley Ryan, Thompson High School.

Feature story/reporting: Third place, Sammy Chatham, Thompson High school.

News story/reporting: First place, Brady Talbert, Thompson High School. Second place, Ashley Ryan, Thompson High School. Third place, Will Vickers, Thompson High School.

Directing: First place, Noah Pevey, Thompson High School. Third place, Brady Talbert, Thompson High School.

Creative video: First place, Brady Talbert and Gracie Blaising, Thompson High School

Carry-in awards

Broadcast feature: First place, Brady Talbert, Thompson High School

Broadcast sports: First place, Noah Pevey, Thompson High School

Broadcast news: Second place, Brady Talbert, Thompson High School

Broadcast editing: Second place, Brady Talbert, Thompson High School

On-site awards

Sports writing: Second place, Lexi Witherspoon, Spain Park High School

News writing: Third place, Reece Eberhardt, Spain Park High School

Newscast anchor: First place, Noah Pevey, Thompson High School. Third place, Ashley Ryan, Thompson High School.

Sportscast anchor: First place, Madison Rayam, Thompson High School. Second place, Matthew Killingsworth, Thompson High School. Third place, Constance McKnight, Thompson High School.

Yearbook design: Honorable mention, Lauren Choi, Spain Park High School

Newspaper design: Honorable mention, Woody Shin, Spain Park High School

Yearbook copy/caption writing: Second place, Claire Taggart, Spain Park High School.

Broadcast standup: First place, Brady Talbert and Joseph Cooper, Thompson High School