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University of Iowa News Release

Dec. 6, 2004

High School Photojournalists Receive Top Awards At IHSPA Conferences

Three students were honored for excellence in the third annual Iowa High School Press Association Photographer of the Year Contest. Awards were presented during the IHSPA Fall Conferences at the University of Iowa Oct. 6 and Drake University Oct. 18.

Receiving top honors and named Iowa HawkEye Photographer of the Year was Afton Simpson of Johnston High School, Johnston. This is the third year a Johnston High School student has earned this top award. Simpson received a plaque during the awards ceremony at Drake University.

Sarah Wyatt of Exira High School received the Award of Distinguished Merit. Jackson Sheets and Jaron Van Maanen, both of Lynnville-Sully High School, were presented the Award of Achievement. Tara Hansen of Exira High School and Erin McMahon of Lynnville-Sully High School received the Award of Merit.

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