Here are five things to know about the honor:
- The All-American rating is the highest rating, and is based on five Marks of Distinction.
- The NSPA holds an annual review of published works.
- A judge or a NSPA official gives Marks of Distinction for exemplary work in five categories: Concept/Essentials, Coverage, Design, Photography, and Writing and Editing.
- The 2013 Pioneer scored 4,325 of 4,700 points. Judge’s summary comments included, “You have certainly created a book your school and community should be proud of.”
- The 2013 Pioneer was led by editors-in-chief Mary Hilleren, KHS 2013 graduate attending the University of Missouri; and Megan Kilian, KHS 2013 graduate attending Truman State University; along with 48 other staff members.