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Seven NDP students were rated "superior" writers and broadcasters when awards were announced at
the annual Arizona Scholastic Press Association convention Tuesday. The literary magazine and online
newspaper were honored as tops in the state in the General Excellence contest. Our NDP journalists garnered a total of 14 individual awards.
The Perspective literary magazine won first place in the General Excellence category for the second year
in a row, and The Seraphim won second place for General Excellence in the Online Newspaper
competition also for the second year, tying with Brophy College Prep for the honor. The Seraphim
writers received seven separate awards. The NDP Live! club members also won in seven categories in
the broadcasting competition.
Receiving the highest honors—superior ratings--in broadcasting were senior Christopher Cadwell and
Ben Davis, Class of 2018, in the news anchor category as well as Davis in the intro and outro category.
In the newspaper competition, superior awards went to Sarah Ziemann, review writing; Rose Tuft, and
Andrew Lindbloom, feature writing; and Anna Sera, news in-depth reporting.
Newspaper staffers who earned awards for excellence were Sera and Samantha Torre, news stories.
Davis won an excellence award in the broadcasting promo category as well as an honorable mention in
the commentary category. The NDP Live! Club received an excellence award for its Rehab Plus
Honorable mention awards also went to junior Kendra Niderost, newspaper editorial; Olivia Shaw,
broadcasting prom; and the NDP Live! club for The Thumb commercial. With the exception of Cadwell
and Niderost, all were seniors last year.
To recognize excellence in scholastic journalism and to educate high school journalists, the AIPA
convention is held each fall at the ASU Memorial Union. This year's keynote speaker was Steve Irvin,
journalist and anchor at ABC 15. Mark Lodato, associate dean at ASU's Walter Cronkite School, delivered
the opening address.
Three NDP faculty/staff and two students were among the 32 presenters who conducted sessions for
the more than 600 Arizona students who attended the convention. Jayce Henderson, NDP Live!
moderator and communications specialist, presented "How to Produce Captivating Video Content to Tell
Your School's Story." Newspaper adviser Jan Carteaux presented "Head to Hand: Finding Stories and
TellingThem," and juniors McKenna Timm, literary magazine editor, and Erin Alpaugh, associate editor,
presented on how to start, produce, and promote a literary magazine, under the direction of lit mag
adviser Maureen Treadway.
Last year's newspaper adviser Theresa Smith presented "All Bases Covered:Covering Sports." Ms. Smith, who covered national sports for years, is now senior writer at Grand Canyon University's Office of Communications and Public Relations.
Students attending the convention on Tuesday along with Timm, Alpaugh and Cadwell were senior Andy
Knoll and freshmen Kendall Luther and Deanna Lord. Ms. Carteaux, an AIPA board member, was