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Valley Senior Named To 2021 NSPA Journalism Honor Roll (04/19/21)

April 19, 2021 | Congratulations to Valley High School senior Maddie Cason for being named to the National Scholastic Press Association's 2021 Journalism Honor Roll, the association announced Friday, April 16.

“These outstanding students excel in both the classroom and in their school newsrooms,” NSPA Associate Director Gary Lundgren said in a news release. “The future of journalism is bright if these students are any indication.”

Valley is one of just three Iowa high schools to have at least one student selected to the 2021 NSPA honor roll.

In order to be selected to the NSPA Journalism Honor Roll, students must serve for at least two years on a student media staff in broadcast, newspaper, magazine, online, or yearbook. Additionally, students must earn a 3.5 or higher grade-point average on a 4.0 scale.

Senior inductees are eligible to compete for a $1,000 scholarship, and NSPA will announce the scholarship winner in May.

All honor roll inductees will receive a certificate of recognition and will be listed in the association’s Best of the High School Press, a yearly publication showcasing the winners in the association’s student media competitions. Inductees are also eligible to wear a special honor cord at graduation.

The NSPA is the nation’s largest association for high school, junior high and middle school journalists. Approximately 1,400 students were selected to this year's NSPA honor roll.

"Through education, training and recognition programs, NSPA promotes the standards and ethics of good journalism," the association said in its release. "Its educational programs, both on-site and virtual, train thousands of student journalists and advisers, and its awards programs include the Pacemaker Award, the nation’s preeminent publication honor."

Please join us in congratulating Maddie for this accomplishment!

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Valley High School senior Maddie Cason.