Name: Kristy Nyp, Manhattan High School, CJE
Credentials: Nyp advises yearbook, video production, newspaper and online news for Manhattan High School. Her publications have won multiple All-Kansas and All-American awards in the seven years since she came to MHS, and at the JEA/NSPA National Fall Conference in Chicago last fall The Mentor, MHS’s weekly newspaper, earned ninth place in the Best In Show contest. Nyp will be the next president of the Kansas Scholastic Press Association Board of Directors in May 2019. She has attended summer journalism camps numerous times with her students since becoming an adviser in 2005, after 15 years of working in the media industry. Her hobbies are running, proofreading everything she reads (especially social media posts and public signs) and consuming stories in the form of books, movies, articles, videos and any other form they come in.
Name: Cary Conover, Andover High School, CJE
Credentials: Before becoming a high school journalism adviser, Cary worked as a freelance photographer in New York City, shooting for The New York Times and The Village Voice. A 1996 graduate of K-State, he earned his masters from Emporia State and is currently pursuing an MFA in photography through Savannah College of Art and Design. He is an adjunct photography instructor at Newman University and Butler Community College. This is his 21st year working with photographers at FHPW. His secret journalism talent is offering top-notch feedback and getting his students to look harder and think deeper about their work.
Credentials: Smith advises student media at Pittsburg High School. Her staffs have won various state and national awards, including a Pacemaker, All-American ratings and NSPA’s individual contests. Smith is a 2016 JEA Rising Star, 2015 Jackie Engel award winner and a 2013 ASNE Fellow. She also serves on the Kansas Scholastic Press Association’s executive board. She is a proud K-State alum and her secret journalism talent is herding cats.
Name: J.D. Garber, Salina Central High School, CJE
Credentials: Adviser of The Pylon newsmagazine at Salina Central High School. Garber currently serves on the KSPA board and won the Ad Astra Award in 2017. At the fall JEA conference in Dallas, his Pylon staff snagged a 10th place in the Best of Show category for newsmagazines nationally. Garber specializes in saying all the wrong things at the right times. On April 9th in Wichita, Garber was awarded the 2018 Jackie Engel award, honoring the most valuable high school journalism teacher in the state.
Name: Nick Homburg, Kansas State University, Instructor
Credentials: Homburg is a freelance photographer, documentary film creator and fashion photographer. He serves as an instructor in the A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications. His experience spans over 15 years, where he’s won Golden Awards for his personal work in documentary films and photograph. Homburg has launched a drone journalism program in Kedzie Hall that focuses on the usage of drones in documentaries, newscasts and visual research in publications. He sees the usage of drones in video storytelling as a cheaper way to give that professional look without high schools having to buy all the expensive equipment.
Credentials: For 15 years Bowman advised yearbook, newspaper and newsmagazine at Canton-Galva High School. During that time her staffs earned 13 All Kansas publication awards, three KSPA 2A State Sweepstakes Championships, a Kansas Scholastic Press Corp Grand Champion title and boasted 33 individual State champions, as well as the 2017 2A Student Journalist of the Year. In 2013 Bowman was recognized with the KSPA Ad Astra Award for advising and just last year was named a Regional Semi-Finalist for Kansas Teacher of the Year. As the president of the Kansas Scholastic Press Association, Bowman is currently in her first year teaching and advising the Trojan yearbook at Hillsboro High School. Her secret journalism talent lies in defeating the evil forces of procrastination and clutter with an endless supply of to-do lists and shared Google Docs.
Credentials: Chadwick advises yearbook, newspaper and the student website at Derby High School. She spent 20 years as the Wichita Eagle’s high school sportswriter, winning sportswriter of the year awards from the Kansas State High School Activities Association, the Kansas Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association, the Kansas Wrestling Coaches Association and the USTA. She serves on the Kansas Scholastic Press Association’s board. She is currently the senior writer for VYPE magazine for South Central Kansas and North Central Kansas. A Missouri graduate, her secret skill is managing all the behind-the-scenes scheduling — including food! — for her three boys’ basketball teams.
Name: Shelby Dinkel, Salina Central High School, CJE
Credentials: Adviser of The Trail yearbook and Mustang Media broadcast at Salina Central High School in Salina, KS. Dinkel is also a former Wildcat and graduate of the education school here at K-State. Dinkel’s special talent is her super quick speed at getting things done, which helps her (and her staff) never miss a deadline.