MHSPA North Star Awards recognize student journalists, leaders and scholars. All inductees will receive a certificate of recognition.

Distinguished Journalist: Served on staff for two years (four semesters) with at least a 2.75 cumulative GPA (on a 4.0 scale).

North Star Journalist: Served on staff for one year (two semesters) with at least a 3.75 cumulative GPA (on a 4.0 scale).

North Star Editor: Served on staff for two years (four semesters) and held an editorial or leadership position (producer, section editor, business manager) for at least on year with at least a 3.75 cumulative GPA (on a 4.0 scale).


MHSPA Gold Medallion Awards recognize general excellence for newspaper, yearbook, magazine, broadcast and online publications. All Minnesota high school and junior high school student journalists are eligible to enter.

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The Minnesota High School Press Association is pleased to offer the opportunity to recognize the contributions and excellence of a Minnesota journalism educator. Any student, colleague, parent or community member can nominate a journalism educator by completing the application and send the support material. An educator may also self-nominate.

The nominee must be a journalism educator at the high school or middle school level in Minnesota during the 2016-17 school year. Teachers/advisers from all media are eligible – online, broadcast, newspaper, magazine or yearbook.

  • 2016 – Anna Reid, The Blake School
  • 2015 – Kathryn Campbell, St. Paul Academy and Summit School
  • 2014 – Martha Rush, Mounds View High School
  • 2013 – Jason Wallestad, Benilde-St. Margaret’s School
  • 2012 – Jeff Kocur, Hopkins High School
  • 2011 – Ryan McCallum, Buffalo High School
  • 2010 – Lori Keekley, St. Louis Park High School
  • 2009 – Nick Fornicoia, Eastview High School
  • 2008 – Laurie Hansen, Stillwater Area High School

Nominations for 2018 are now open!

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