Posted at 11:45 a.m., March 12, 2015

Wingspan students finalists for 15 awards

Laramie County Community College’s Wingspan is a finalist for 15 awards in the Society of Professional Journalists’ Region IX Mark of Excellence awards.

LCCC will compete with four-year institutions from Colorado, Utah, New Mexico and Wyoming, and the winners will be announced at the regional conference April 25 at Metropolitan State University of Denver.

First-place winners in the region will continue to the national competition Sept. 18–20 in Orlando.

The LCCC finalists are as follows:

Best all-around non-daily student newspaper: Wingspan;

Breaking news reporting: Ike Fredregill for a story about possible hazardous materials in the LCCC dorm called “Students quarantined on campus; Residence Hall evacuated; chemicals determined nonhazardous”;

General news reporting: Ike Fredregill for a story on LCCC response to Colorado’s legalization of marijuana called “Marijuana policies create legal hotbox” and Brooke A. Rogers for a story about LCCC reducing the number of music scholarships called “Major regressions in scholarships cause dissonance for music programs”;

Feature writing: Vycktoryja Selves for a personality feature on a student with a mysterious disease called “Strength, happiness and never-ending optimism’; Ike Fredregill for a personality story on retiring LCCC landscaper called “Retiree heads for back nine” and Vycktoryja Selves for a story on the pros and cons of tattooing called “Tattoos lose taboos in workplace, hold onto stereotypes in society”;

Editorial writing: Erica Klimt for a series of three editorials called “Against their will”; “Fodder and Feed” and “Our Modern Family”;

General column writing: Brooke A. Rogers for a series of three columns called “Secret lives of home-schoolers,” “Grace eludes some particularly me” and “America embraces its inner nerd”;

General news photography: Vycktoryja Selves for a photo taken in Sierra Leone as the Ebola outbreak started called “Culture Shock”;

Feature photography: Brooke A. Rogers for a photo of a student ballerina called “Dancing Queen”; Tamara Rodgers for a photo of a theatre production called “Men in maroon” and Ike Fredregill for a photo of an LCCC tutor called “Lesson taught with a smile”;

Sports photography: Tamara Rodgers for a rodeo photo called “#CowboyUp”;

Photo illustration: Tamara Rodgers for an illustration called “Vote” for Wingspan voters’ guide.

Wingspan advisers are Rosalind Schliske and J.L. O’Brien.

The Society of Professional Journalists is the nation’s most broad-based journalism organization, dedicated to encouraging the free practice of journalism and stimulating high standards of ethical behavior. Founded in 1909 as Sigma Delta Chi, SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to a well-informed citizenry; works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists; and protects First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press.


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