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2021 Superior Awards – Ohio Scholastic Media Association:

Newswriting (2 reporters) –  Elizabeth Atanosian & Danica Davelli – Hayes Cinematics class pushes through Covid-19 restrictions

Newswriting (2 reporters) – Olivia O’Rourke & Kasey Wells – Delaware implements new cleaning protocols

In-Depth Reporting (Team) – Andrew Bourget & Brynn McGrail – “Willow Brook residents share holiday memories

Personality Profile – Brynn McGrail – “Student board member impacts district decisions about Covid safety

Alternative Copy – Andrew Bourget – “State initiatives bring sweeping change

Alternative Copy – Amanda Stevens – “Comparing music streaming services

Column – Noah Sparkman – Reviews of Disney’s Live Action movies and “Soul

Review – Noah Sparkman – “‘Soul’ is brilliant effort from Pixar that brings studio back to its best

Art/Non-editorial – Teagan Knutson – “What type of mask are you?

Art/Non-editorial – Jackson Collins – “Watching TV: then vs. now

Infographic – Amanda Stevens – “Voting rights & voter turnout

2020-2021 Best of SNO (School Newspapers Online) Awards:

Brynn McGrail & Andrew Bourget for a feature article titled “Willow Brook residents share holiday memories”

Noah Sparkman for an opinion story called “Disney’s persistent live-action remakes are a reflection of the viewer, not the producers

Brynn McGrail for the news article “Ohio Wesleyan to cut 18 majors”

Noah Sparkman for his review of the Pixar movie “Soul.”

Amanda Stevens for her article criticizing the lack of diversity in Sia’s new movie “Music.”

Brynn McGrail for her profile of Mackenzie Collett’s experience as the DCS student board member for this year.

Amanda Stevens for her feature on Revenge Bedtime Procrastination

Noah Sparkman for his review of the Marvel TV show “WandaVision”

Jackson Collins for her review of the movie “Judas and the Black Messiah”

Jackson Collins for her opinion story about appreciating the physical features of different races and cultures

Amanda Stevens for her feature on the history of discrimination against Asian Americans

Noah Sparkman for a review of “Zack Snyder’s Justice League”

Kristen Smith for her article about Autism Awareness Month

Brynn McGrail for her in-depth feature “Recent events push conversations about sexual harassment

2020 Marty’s Awards from This Week News:

Winner of Opinion Writing Category – Andrew Bourget  “Teens should vote because politics affects students”

Runner-Up for Photography Category – Jeremiah Hosack for a swim & dive photo


2020 Superior Awards – Ohio Scholastic Media Association:

Superior, Opinion Writing – Andrew Bourget “Teens should vote because politics affects students”

Superior, Online News Story – Sarah ClemensCoffee with a Cop comes to Hayes

Superior, Online Interactive Graphic – Andrew Bourget “On the Issues: Healthcare”


2020 National Student Media Contests:

Superior, Newswriting – Sarah Estok

Excellent, Sports Writing – Adrianna Gebhart

Honorable Mention, Feature Writing – Brynn McGrail

Honorable Mention, Commentary Writing – Sarah Clemens

Honorable Mention, Editorial Cartoon – Karl Edwards

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