Convention Keynote Speaker:
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, SmokyNow.com 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!