Awards and Honors

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Students who are part of the FHN Media have earned hundreds of individual honors at the local, state and national levels. In addition to earning individual awards for their work, students can earn a Publications Letter (similar in look to the athletic letters given out at school) and students are also eligible to be inducted into Quill and Scroll, the International Honor Society for High School Journalists.

Highlighting the individual awards are the following:

National High School Journalist of the Year

2012 – Kelsey Bell

 

Missouri High School Journalist of the Year

2017- Jacob Lintner
2015- Daniel Bodden
2011 – Kelsey Bell
2006 – Danielle Karstens
2003 – Kalen Ponche
1996 – Nora Radley
1992 – Audrey Reed


Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
2015 – Anthony Kristensen
2013 – Alexis Christo
2009 – Ryan Firle
2008 – DJ Shewmaker

Al Neuharth Free Spirit Award
2013 – Sophie Gordon
2009 – Nathan Bryant

Ryan White Excellence in Journalism Award
First Place Double Truck Category – 2008, 2009, 2010
Missouri High School Journalism Administrator of the Year
2007 – Dr. Darlene Jones, principal
1991 – Dr. Larry Humphries, principal

 

As staffs, the FHN Media have a strong track-record as well. Among their honors:

National Scholastic Press Association
Hall of Fame
North Star – 2013

All-American
North Star – 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013
Excalibur – 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012
FHNtoday.com – 2012

Pacemaker Award
FHNtoday.com – 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2016                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 FHNtodayTV – 2014, 2015
Excalibur – 2013, 2014
North Star – 2013, 2014, 2015

Pacemaker Finalists
North Star – 1998, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013
Excalibur – 2007, 2008, 2013
FHNtoday.com  – 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
Digital Yearbook – 2010

JEA/NSPA National Convention Best of Show Placings [bold years designate First Place Best of Show honors at the convention]

  • North Star (newsmagazines) – Fall 2004, Fall 2005, Spring 2006, Fall 2006, Fall 2007, Spring 2008, Fall 2008, Spring 2009, Fall 2009, Fall 2010, Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013,
  • Excalibur (275-324 pages) – Fall 2006, Fall 2009, Fall 2010, Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Fall 2013,
  • FHNtoday.com (open/small/large) – Fall 2008, Spring 2008, Spring 2009, Fall 2009, Fall 2010, Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2015
  • FHNtodayTV (broadcast) – Fall 2004, Fall 206, Fall 2007, Spring 2008, Spring 2009, Spring 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013,

Quill and Scroll
Gallup Award

North Star – 1994, 1997, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013

Journalism Education Association
First Amendment Press Freedom Award
Francis Howell North High School – 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

Cornerstone Award
Francis Howell North High School – 2011

Missouri Interscholastic Press Association
All-Missouri
North Star – 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
Excalibur – 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010
FHNtoday.com – 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012

Columbia Scholastic Press Association
Gold Crown Award Winner
North Star – 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2013
Gold Crown Award Winner FHNtoday.com – 2012
Silver Crown Award Winner Excalibur – 1995, 2008, 2012, 2013
Sliver Crown Award Winner North Star – 1996, 2009, 2012
Silver Crown Award Winner FHNtoday.com – 2010

Aaron Manfull has been the head media adviser at Francis Howell North High School since 2001. Here are a few things about him:

  • He was named the Dow Jones News Fund Journalism Teacher of the Year in 2011. He was the 53rd recipient of this honor and only the 5th adviser ever from Missouri.
  • He directs the MediaNowSTL.com digital media summer journalism workshop at Lindenwood University.
  • He is the Journalism Education Digital Media Committee Chair, heading the website JEADigitalMedia.org.
  • He was inducted into the Francis Howell School District Howell of Fame in 2011.
  • The National Scholastic Press Association named him a Pioneer Award winner in 2010
  • The Poynter Institute named him one of “35 Influential People in Social Media.”
  • The Dow Jones Newspaper Fund Named him a Distinguished Adviser in 2009.
  • He was the 2006 Teacher of the Year at Francis Howell North High School.
  • He earned his MJE (Master Journalism Educator) through the Journalism Education Association.
  • He is a National Board certified teacher.
  • The Journalism Education Association named him a Special Recognition Adviser in 2005 in their Yearbook Adviser of the Year program.