Juniors Anna Hill (left) and Dymond Mumford pose with a street performer on Franklin Street during the 2012 North Carolina Scholastic Media Institute at UNC-Chapel Hill. The Viking Press earned multiple awards, including All-N.C. status for the second straight year. (Eliza Deaver // The Viking Press)

By Michael Moon

The Viking Press earned All-North Carolina distinction for the second consecutive year at the North Carolina Scholastic Media Association’s annual summer institute.

The honor is the highest rank a publication can earn in its classification, and The Viking Press was one of only two schools of comparable size in the state to win the award. The other was Nighthawk News of First Flight High School.

In addition to earning All-N.C., Kinston’s staff won 12 individual awards, listed below:

  • Anna Hill — 2nd place, news article; honorable mention, feature article
  • Anniken Williams — 3rd place, news photography
  • Tommy Tsao — 1st place, sports photography; 1st place, news photography; 2nd place, front page design; third place, graphics
  • Resita Cox — 1st place, editorial; 1st place, general columns
  • Kris Williams — 1st place, cartoon
  • Hayley Vermillion — honorable mention, sports columns
  • Khadijah Thorne — 2nd place, general columns

The staff won the following section awards: photography (second place), advertising (honorable mention), design (third place), editorial (honorable mention), features (third place), news (second place), sports (first place). For online news, thevikingpress.com earned honorable mention in photography and design and second place for its feature section. The website was categorized as a school of distinction, a tier below All-N.C. in the media association’s four-tier ranking system.

Cox, a 2012 graduate who will attend UNC to study journalism in the fall, was named North Carolina’s high school Journalist of the Year. She earned a $2,000 scholarship, and the school’s journalism program earned $500.

“As always, I am immensely proud of my students and their accomplishments,” adviser Michael Moon said. “Now, it’s time to start looking at ways to build on those successes so that we can continue bringing the Kinston High School community the highest quality content in both our print and online publications.”