The Kansas Scholastic Press Association and the Journalism Educators Association named a Skyline senior Journalist of the Year.

Ascha Lee competed in the 1A/2A division. For winning the contest, Lee received a $750 scholarship. Judges then critiqued her portfolio with the 3A/4A and 5A/6A winners.

Applicants for the award were required to meet several criteria. Some of the requirements include winning a state competition, having at least a 3.0 GPA and submitting a portfolio. Qualifying for the award was a huge accomplishment in itself, her adviser Judy Hampel said. In the last 10 years no other Skyline student has applied for the honor .

“Your portfolio shows that you have a range of skills, experiences and passions,” KSPA Executive Director Kara Lynch said to Lee.

Some of Lee’s other accomplishments include taking first place at State KSPA in news writing, honorable mention at National Write-offs in news writing, second in news writing at Academic Olympics, and first at Regional KSPA in editorial cartoon. Lee expanded her knowledge of journalism in Boston at the NSPA/JEA convention, and in Hays at a KSPA workshop.

Lee has experience in almost every area of journalism. Her experiences include writing stories, designing pages, selling ads and producing videos. She is the editor of the T-Bird Times, Skyline’s student newspaper. Lee has also published articles in The Pratt Tribune.

Lee’s accomplishment made Hampel and her peers at The T-Bird Times proud.

“Ascha spent a lot of time and energy working on her portfolio, and our class is all very proud of her,” T-Bird Times reporter Abby Giles said.

The portfolio included examples of past work, a two-page essay and a resume. Lee organized the most difficult part, the portfolio, in one week’s time.

Lee plans on attending Pratt Community College for one year after she graduates high school, then go on to another school and major in journalism.  She is still undecided as to where she will attend after her year at PCC.

Austin Gilpin is a junior at Skyline High School.