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West High wins national yearbook award

The 2009 yearbook staff at Parkway West High School received a First Class Rating with a mark of distinction for design from the National Scholastic Press Association's critique service. The prestigious award honors a yearbook that successfully covers the year's events through concept/essentials, coverage, writing, design and photography.  Out of a possible 4500 points, the staff scored 4150!

Parkway West was chosen out of a group of finalists that included the largest and most distinguished yearbooks in the country.  They won the same award in 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008.

The National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA), based and incorporated in Minnesota as a non-profit educational association, provides journalism education services to students, teachers, media advisers and others throughout the United States and in other countries.

NSPA provides journalism education training programs, publishes journalism education materials, provides media critique and recognition programs for members, provides information on developments in journalism and student media and provides a forum for members to communicate with others and share their work.  Through these activities, NSPA and its divisions promote the standards and ethics of good journalism as accepted and practiced by print, broadcast and electronic media in the United States.  NSPA and its divisions also endorse and advocate free expression rights for student media.

NSPA and its divisions cooperate with other student media associations and other non-student groups and businesses that share its mission to educate and recognize the work of student journalists, to improve the quality of student media and to foster careers in media.