All three high schools in the Wentzville School District earned state and national journalism honors over the course of the year, including one yearbook entry from Timberland High that finished in the top three in the country in the Quill and Scroll competition.
Additional national recognition for the 2017-18 edition of Timberland’s “Wolf Tracks” yearbook included a first-place finish in the American Scholastic Press Association Yearbook contest, earning “Perfect Performer” by Herff Jones. Two other spreads were selected for Herff Jones’ 2019 Portfolio Showcase. Timberland’s yearbook staff also received three marks of distinction for coverage, design and photography from the National Scholastic Press Association. Several students won individual awards, as well. Recent graduate Alyssa Biles was a national winner in the Quill and Scroll Student Life Photography category for her solar eclipse photos; recent graduate Jessica Spivey was a national winner in the Academic Spread category for her photos of the Timberland band; and 2017-18 graduate Rachel Geisel earned third place in the nation for her Student Life Spread about the solar eclipse.
The student-run news website of Liberty High, LHS Today, was named a Distinguished Site by School Newspapers Online. LHS Today was ranked the 26th best student site in the nation by SNO and sixth best in Missouri.
Holt High’s journalism program also earned two team awards – an Excellent rating for their “POW WOW” yearbook from Journalism St. Louis, and a Site Excellence Award from SNO for the school’s online news site, The Tribe.
“I’m so proud about what our publication students produce,” Jonathan Hall, LHS Today advisor, said. “They’re a lot of fun to work with. From the first day of the school year, they go to work and tell the stories and accomplishments of the incredible students and staff here at Liberty. Their motto is ‘If it happened, we captured it’ and they certainly live up to that with the variety of local coverage they provide to their readers.”