• March 29Blue Banner, newspaper and website, are due January 15.
  • March 23Golden Dozen deadline is November 15.
  • March 23Best Story Contest entries are due January 15.


Site for the Southern Illinois School Press Association




In order to participate in SISPA’s contests or attend the Winter Conference, a school must become a member.

Membership is $50 per school. Membership dues cover all publications within that school and should be submitted by Nov. 1

Membership entitles member schools to compete in all mail-in and on-site contests that are held during the year. Schools will also receive a publication critique when entering Golden Dozen or Blue Banner contests.

Simply print out the membership form, complete it, enclose it and a check for $50 (payable to SIUC/SISPA), and mail to:

Cathy Wall

Harrisburg High School

333 W. College St.

Harrisburg, IL  62946

An email will be sent to notify you when your school’s membership fee is received.

2023-24 Members

Carbondale High School (enrollment 1000), Carbondale, IL

Yearbook: Dial

Adviser: Brandi Jones

Calhoun High School (enrollment 170), Hardin IL

Yearbook: Pow Wow

Adviser: Rachel Maupin

Carlyle High School (enrollment 280 ), Carlyle, IL

Yearbook: Tomahawk

Adviser: Gina Shook

Harrisburg High School (enrollment 555), Harrisburg, IL

Newspaper: The Purple Clarion

Adviser: Cathy Wall

Yearbook: Keystone

Adviser: Hilary Ford

Website: The Purple Clarion

Adviser: Cathy Wall

Herrin High School (enrollment 655), Herrin, IL

Website: The Tiger Tattler

Adviser: Sami Goetting

Yearbook:The Herrinite

Adviser: Sami Goetting

Okawville Middle/High School (enrollment 67/198), Okawville, IL

Yearbook: Timepiece

Website: Launch Pad

Adviser: Dana Donovan

Wayne City High School (enrollment 140), Wayne City, IL

Online Newspaper: Warhoop

Yearbook: Chieftan

Adviser: Kelli Keen