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Mark of Excellence Awards


High school journalists play an important role in their communities.  From developing important skills to tackling controversial issues, the annual Mark of Excellence Competition recognizes budding journalists for their talent and hard work.

The  Kentucky Mark of Excellence Competition, sponsored by the Western Kentucky University School of Media, rewards the outstanding efforts of high school journalists throughout the region.  We urge high school newspaper, magazine, yearbook, website and broadcasting advisers to enter their staffers in the annual contest. Contest rules and entry forms are posted by early February each year with winners announced later in the spring.

Past Winners

2021 Winners

2020 Winners

2019 Winners

2017 (Excel Spreadsheet)

2018 (Excel Spreadsheet)


Sam Oldenburg, KHSMI Coordinator | samual.oldenburg@wku.edu | 270-745-3055


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 Last Modified 4/28/21