Thank you to Laramie County Community College for hosting a great WHSSPA Convention on Monday, October 2nd! Another huge thank you to your awesome vendors, our keynote speaker Carrie Faust, and all the advisors and students who made the trip to Cheyenne!
— WHSSPA Board Members

We Would Love to Hear from You!

The 2017 Convention at LCCC in Cheyenne was a great day filled with interesting sessions and speakers, great awards, and an inspiring keynote. 

We would love to hear feedback from you about what you loved, what we could improve, and the direction we are headed for next year. 

If you did not attend convention, we would still like to hear from you!

All state advisors, please take a moment to fill out the survey:  


We would also love to share photos from convention! If you have photos you'd like to see on the website, please upload them here:

Convention Location: Laramie County Community College

Address: 1400 E. College Drive, Cheyenne, WY 82007

Phone: (307) 800.522.2993

WHSSPA (Wyoming High School Student Press Association) is gearing up for another great convention.

The convention will be held Monday, October 2nd from 8:30-4:30 p.m. at Laramie County Community College in Cheyenne, Wyoming.


Convention Hotel: Radisson Cheyenne

Address: 204 W. Fox Farm Rd, Cheyenne, WY 82007

Phone: (307) 638-4466

The Radisson has a block of 50 rooms set aside for the WHSSPA Convention, at $79/room. 




Sunday, October 1st, 8pm: The LCCC Wingspan staff is hosting a movie night for schools arriving the night before convention! Join other Journalism staffs to watch All the President's Men at 8pm in the LCCC Commons. There will be snacks and discussion as well, so if you are traveling down on Sunday afternoon, please join us! 


Convention Keynote Speaker: 

       Carrie Faust

Carrie Faust, MJE, got her start in journalism in 1987 when her cross country coach - also the yearbook adviser - said, "Girl, you have got to get over your shyness and start meeting people!" Now, 30 years later, looks like that plan worked out more than they could have ever imagined! Today, known for her energy and enthusiasm, Carrie advises the Smoky Hill Summit yearbook, NEXT feature magazine, online news, and teaches at yearbook workshops and journalism conferences across the country every year. A former JEA Board Member, Carrie was one of JEA's Rising Stars in 2008, a Distinguished Adviser in 2009, the Colorado Journalism Teacher of the Year in 2011, a JEA Medal of Merit honoree in 2013, and a CSPA Gold Key recipient in 2017. The Summit yearbook has been honored nationally by NSPA and CSPA 11 times in the last 12 years and the Smoky Hill news program has won state honors consistently. After years of rolling their eyes at Carrie's love of journalism, her daughters, Campbell (14) and Carter (16) are both on their schools' yearbook staffs - Carter with the Summit staff at Smoky! That means the whole family is in on the journalism fun, including their 3.5 pound chihuahua, Booker - short for Yearbooker, given to them by the 2008 yearbook staff, and their chiweenie, Pica!


Convention Entry forms now AVAILABLE.


NEW DEADLINE:All entries should be mailed directly to the judges between the dates of August 21 and September 8.  They should also be shipped “Priority mail”. This will provide you with a tracking number so you can be sure your entry reaches the judge.  Advisers will be responsible to see that the judge receives the entry. 

Do not send it “book rate” because it mail sits in the post office back room for days. No late entries (postmarked after Sept. 8) will be accepted. The two week window for submission was set by the Board. The reasoning behind this decision was to prevent entries from trickling in to judges all summer as this might result in entries being lost or misplaced.