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Central Plains Pipeline staff qualifies for state press contest
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The Central Plains High School Pipeline Staff qualified in 15 areas for the Kansas Scholastic Press Associations state contest to be held in May. Staff members from left to right are: Cassidy Crites, Kaylyn Oberle, Janae Ryan, and Kylee Kasselman. Not shown are: Lexie Broeker and Trinity Fanatia. - photo by VERONICA COONS Great Bend Tribune

Pipeline Staff qualified for the Kansas Scholastic Press Association’s state contest in the following categories:
• Feature Writing – 1st Place Kaylyn Oberle; 2nd Place Lexie Broeker
• News Writing – 1st Place Kaylyn Oberle; 2nd Place Lexie Broeker
• Advertising – 1st Place Trinity Fanatia; 3rd Place Kylee Kasselman
• Sports Photography – 3rd Place Kaylyn Oberle; Honorable Mention Lexie Broeker
• Yearbook Theme & Graphics – Honorable Mention Team of Kaylyn Oberle & Lexie Broeker
• Academics Photography – 2nd Place Cassidy Crites
• Sports Writing – 3rd Place Janae Ryan
• Student Life Photography – Honorable Mention Kaylyn Oberle
• Yearbook Copywriting – 3rd Place Cassidy Crites
• Yearbook Sports – 1st Place Janae Ryan; 3rd Place Kylee Kasselman

CLAFLIN — The Pipeline Staff at USD 112’s Central Plains High School makes teacher Leslie Crites’ job easy she says.
“Great students, great people, good character,” she said. “I have a great staff. I’ve been so spoiled this year — I mean the writing has been strong, they work so hard, and they’re good independent workers and problem solvers.”
With praise like that, it’s no wonder the staff qualified with 15 entries for the Kansas Scholastic Press Association’s State Contest to be held May 7 on the campus at the University of Kansas. This year, the students set up a facebook page. The rest of their class time is taken up with writing and design work.
That work is done on industry software like Adobe Creative Suite 6. While Kylee Kasselman enjoys laying out the design and choosing the themes, Kaylyn Oberle and Cassidy Crites enjoy taking photos. Janae Ryan said writing stories is her favorite activity. Teacher Leslie Crites makes certain each student takes a turn with each activity, though, rather than allowing them to specialize, she said.
Oberle admits it was a surprise they did so well this year, particularly because they are from such a small school.
“We think about it as class work, rather than competition,” she said. “Then, we go out and we realize we have the potential to do great in competition.”
So far, the Pipeline staff see themselves going into fields other than design in the future. But, they understand the value of their experience for their other fields. Kasselman even imagines doing photography as side work to her preferred path of nursing.
Kansas Scholastic Press Association is a non-profit association of more than 100 high school and middle school journalism programs. Its mission is to promote excellence in high school journalism publications and education.