Publications staffs attend scholastic statewide conference


Sentry staff members at the MSPA conference

Yearbook Adviser of the Year Ms. Anna Griffin receives her plaque from Mississippi Scholastic Press Association director R.J. Morgan.

On Monday, November 1, members of Jackson Prep’s publication staffs and their advisers went on a trip to the 75th annual MSPA convention hosted by The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg. Attending were staff members from The Sentry, JPTV, Earthwinds, Mindprints, and Précis

After a bus ride from Prep to USM, the day consisted of check-in at 8 am, breakfast, and three class sessions in which the students and advisors broke out into groups to hear from speakers on how to improve their publications. 

This was followed by another large group meeting where keynote speaker Jerry Mitchell, an investigative reporter and author, came to speak. He also answered questions and signed copies of his new book, Race Against Time: A Reporter Reopens the Unsolved Murder Cases of the Civil Rights Era. 

The day ended with an awards ceremony during which awards were given out to the best of Mississippi’s high school literary magazines and yearbooks. Précis adviser Ms. Anna Griffin was named Yearbook Sponsor of the Year, and several other Prep students and publications were recognized.

Congratulations to Ms. Griffin on her honor!

Prep’s junior high literary magazine, Mindprints, was a finalist for the category for overall best literary magazine, cover design, layout and design, continuity of theme, quality of writing, and quality of visuals. Earthwinds, the senior high literary magazine, was a finalist in quality of visuals.

In the individual portion of this section of awards, sophomore Hannah Polk was a finalist for the best short fiction category. Hannah won best spread design, and senior Ainslee Johnson and freshman Caroline Sharpe were finalists. Sophomore Livvy Robertson was a finalist for the best dramatic composition category. Freshman Haley Yelverton was a finalist for the best hand-drawn art as well as Elizabeth Clarke, who graduated last year. Madie Van Pelt, who also graduated last year, won the category for best graphic illustration art. Recently graduated Brittany Jiang also was a finalist for this category. 

In the yearbook category, Précis was nominated for best photography and theme development. Prep junior Harper Johnson was a finalist for best feature photo and academic photo as well as best feature writing/reporting, alongside Prep alum Bradley Stafford, who won the category of best student life spread. Alum Julia Sumrall was a finalist for best sports photo as well as best sports writing/reporting. 

Publications staff members plan to attend the spring MSPA convention at the University of Mississippi, during which awards for newspaper and broadcast will be given. A full list of this fall’s winners, along with links to individual nominated entries, is available at