2015 GSPA Individual Award Winners

1.)  In-Depth News Package

All-Georgia

Ella Sams & Nicholas Byrne, “Counting days until cabaret,” ODTV, Clarke Central High School

Superior

Julie Alpaugh, “Homecoming dance returns,” ODTV, Clarke Central High School

3) Feature Package

All-Georgia

Sydney Lord & Angelique Dale, “Living Walls,” GNN, Henry W. Grady High School

Superior

Sydney Lord, “Skater Aid,” GNN, Henry W. Grady High School

Nicholas Byrne, Rigel Turner, Mary Merritt, “Transforming Transmet,” ODTV, Clarke Central High School

4) Production

All-Georgia

Marquise Eppinger, “Define Your Possible,” GNN, Henry W. Grady High School

Superior

Louise Platter & Nicholas Byrne, “Man up,” ODTV, Clarke Central High School

Spencer Pipkin, “We’re not gonna take it,” LHS Saga, Lowndes High School

5) Sports Package

All-Georgia

Trent Slutzky & Nicholas Byrne, “Boys soccer tryouts,” ODTV, Clarke Central High School

6) News Story

All-Georgia

McKenzie Rhone, Ellie Ritter & Danika Siver, “Meals on Wheels,” Carpe Diem, Decatur High School

Superior  

Devyn Mode, “Henry Country Introduces Year-long Grading System,” The Prowler, Union Grove High School

Tarna Zander-Velloso, “Walkway expected to open in mid November,” McIntosh Trail, McIntosh High School 

Margo Stockdale, “Ebola outbreak affects Atlantans, Liberians alike,” The Southerner, Henry W. Grady High School

Will Taft & Harrison Wilco, “Hackers exploit security flaws,”The Southerner, Henry W. Grady High School

Ethan Gibson, “New food law drops funding,” The Prowler, Union Grove High School  

Violet Merritt, “Buses behind schedule,” ODYSSEY Newsmagazine, Clarke Central High School

7) In Depth News Story

All-Georgia

Katy Mayfield, “Feeling the Pressure,” ODYSSEY Newsmagazine, Clarke Central High School

Superior

Sam Jones & Madeline Hamalian, “Fighting A World Crisis from Atlanta,” Carpe Diem, Decatur High School

Emmaline Poth-Nebel and Emilia Fuentes, “Pronouns Aiming to be Neutral,” Carpe Diem, Decatur High Schoo

Mary Claire Morris, “District puts safeguards in place in wake of cartoon controversy,” The Southerner, Henry W. Grady High Schoo

Mary Claire Morris, “District puts safegaurds in place in wake of cartoon controversy,” The Southerner, Henry W. Grady High Schoo

8) Feature Story

All-Georgia

Tiernan O’ Neill, “Envisioning a better Athens,” ODYSSEY Newsmagazine, Clarke Central High School

Superior

Keegan Hasson, “A sheperd’s flock,” The Southerner, Henry W. Grady High School

Robert Walker, “Condor spreads its wings,” Odyssey Online, Clarke Central High Schoo

Mary Margaret Stewart, “A culinary mecca expands,” Carpe Diem, Decatur High Schoo

Ellie Ritter, “Canvas the city: sophomore joins the street art scene,” Carpe Diem, Decatur High Schoo

Gracie Griffith, “Modern monks keeping it simple,” The Southerner, Henry W. Grady High Schoo

Mason Marks, “Mean Sween and Roey Roe back on the rap scene,” The Sting, Roswell High School

9) Feature Profile

All-Georgia

Madeline Hamalian, Maddie Depree & Sam Jones, “Up in Flames: Sophomore journeys from burns to beginnings,” Carpe Diem, Decatur High School

Superior

Cameron Hines, “Kevin Graham: The most interesting man (child) at North Cobb,” The Chant, North Cobb High School

Connie Xiao, “The new MVP of BVP,” The Messenger, Northview High School

Ludovica Longo & Katherine Merritt, “New student crosses continents,” The Southerner Online, Henry W. Grady High School

Clarissa Mullig and Ben Grady, “The things he carried inside,” The Southerner, Henry W. Grady High School

Tierra Hayes, “Tedeschi Takeover,” ODYSSEY Newsmagazine, Clarke Central High School

10) Column Writing

All-Georgia

Brittney Butler, “Boiling Point,” ODYSSEY Newsmagazine, Clarke Central High School

Superior

Louise Platter, “Letter from the Editor,” ODYSSEY Newsmagazine, Clarke Central High School

Jenni Rogan, “AP doesn’t stand for Attitude Problem, but maybe it should,”  The Southerner, Henry W. Grady High Schoo

Devyn Mode, “Band-Aid girl to the rescue; Sex Ed: Not so educational,” Prowler, Union Grove High Schoo

11) Opposing Viewpoints Column

All-Georgia

Chase Kleber & Carolyn Capelouto, “Music Festival brings money, sun and fans,” The Southerner, Henry W. Grady High School

Superior

Max Rafferty & Keegan Hasson, “Gates to SLC’s should be shut once, for all,” “Magnets attract equity, repel true diversity,” The Southerner, Henry W. Grady High School

Allie Krasinski & Anna White, “Society spins tangled web sadness, stress,” “The internet virtually makes world go round,” The Southerner, Henry W. Grady High School

Ryan Pridgeon & Anna Jahns, “Should students have jobs?,” The Sentinel, Brookwood High School

12) House Editorials

All-Georgia

Sasha Larson, “The Voice: We should respond better,” Carpe Diem, Decatur High School

Superior

ODYSSEY Newsmagazine, “Our Take,” ODYSSEY Newsmagazine, Clarke Central High School

The Southerner Staff, “Please let the dogs in,” The Southerner, Henry W. Grady High School

13) Commentary (Op-ed Columns)

All-Georgia

Faith Terry, “Je ne suis pas Charlie,” The Prowler, Starr’s Mill High School

Superior

Kate Weatherby, “Sexist rape culture permeates colleges, Greek organizations,” The Southerner, Henry W. Grady High School

Maddie Rose-Hall, “Harrassment Central,” ODYSSEY Newsmagazine, Clarke Central High School

Tarna Lander-Velloso, “Hypocritical double standards in free speech should end, McIntosh Trail, McIntosh High School

Valgreich Durojaiye, “Happy Holidays! Or how to be a slave to commercialism,” Speculator, Chattahoochee High School

Brandon Kleber, “Discovering life’s passion should be it’s own reward,”The Southerner, Henry W. Grady High Schoo

14) Critical Review

All-Georgia 

Sasha Larson, “’When’ Review,” Carpe Diem, Decatur High School

Superior

Maddie Rose Hall, “Fighting with Fury,” ODYSSEY Newsmagazine, Clarke Central High School

Alicia Bush, “Black-ish serves up hilarious take on the sitcom Modern Family,” The Chant, North Cobb High School

Keegan Hasson, “Selma gives viewers poignant plot, powerful acting,” The Southerner, Henry W. Grady High School

Emma Mathews and Camille Williams, “Bull Durham: A hit if not a homerun,” Nexus Magazine, Henry W. Grady High School

Colin Bergen, “A comic of biblical proportions,”The Raider Wire, North Forsyth High School

15) Sports News Story

All-Georgia

Olivia Volkert & Josh Weinstock, Henry W. Grady High School, The Southerner, Investigation Finds 14 Guilty of Address Fraud

Superior

Jordan Rhym, Clarke Central High School, ODYSSEY Newsmagazine, A Fresh Movement

Tierra Hayes, Clarke Central High School, ODYSSEY Newsmagazine. Varsity Boys Rebound

Sophie Durham, Henry W. Grady High School, The Southerner, Concussion Laws Aim to Keep Students Out of Daze

16) Sports Game Coverage

All-Georgia

Tyler Sesan, “They came, they played, they conquered,” The Chant, North Cobb High Schoo

Superior

Jack Fletcher, “Panthers fall in first round of state playoffs,” The Prowler, Starr’s Mill High School

Samuel Hood, “Wise leads Glads to 18-0 win over Jonesboro,”  ODYSSEY online, Clarke Central High Schoo

17) Sports Feature Story

All-Georgia

Andalib Malit Samandari, “Howzat!” Carpe Diem, Decatur High School

Superior

John Slovensky, “Grady football fans seek to supply new life to games,” The Southerner, Henry W. Grady High School

Carson Fleming & Kelly Scollard, “Student athletes weigh specialization pros & cons,” The Southerner, Henry W. Grady High School

Sumit Sohani, “Down but not out,” The Messenger, Northview High School

18) Sports Column