Nation Ford Students Win SCSPA Awards

Dominating the state’s “Excellence in Student Newspaper Awards,” The Talon Staff won 18 awards, varying from writing and photography to design and infographics, on Dec. 20 from the South Carolina Scholastic Press Association (SCSPA). 

The adviser and editor-in-chief select and submit pieces for competitions. A professional, experienced journalist or certified instructor evaluates each contest entry according to SCSPA standards. The competition recognizes excellence in student journalism gives opportunities to compete in the state-wide contests. The organization also offers college scholarships.

“Colleges love to see students who are engaged and curious,” says  Mrs. Beth Swann, journalism and creative writing teacher. “Student journalists are critical thinkers who know how to research and communicate -- whether it be in writing, design, or photography.”


1st place single page design Hailey Biebel (’19)

1st place digital art story for vaping Teddy Cobb (‘20)

1st place staff editorial writing Maggie Kell (‘20)

1st place editorial writing  Ivan Rubanenko (‘21)

2nd place infographic Ansley Archuleta (‘21)

2nd place news feature writing Grace Asaad (‘22)

2nd place news photo Grace Asaad (‘22)

2nd place sports feature photo Kaylee Battle (‘20)

2nd place sports photo Kailey Cota (‘19)

2nd place sports writing Kailey Cota (‘19)

2nd place feature writing Maggie Kell (‘20)

2nd place front page design Teddy Cobb & Julia Lako (‘20)

2nd place centerspread design Julia Lako (‘20)

2nd place ad design Emily Willers (‘21)

3rd place editorial cartoon Kaylee Battle (‘20)

3rd place review writing  Connor Brandenburg (‘20)

3rd place environmental portrait photo Maggie Kell (‘20)

3rd place news writing Julia Lako (‘20)

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