10:05 a.m., April 18, 2013

Rooney writes history, receives ACES award as college student

For the first time in the history of the American Copy Editors Society’s annual headline writing contest, a community college student has won in the student publications’ division.

Matt Rooney, former arts and entertainment editor for Wingspan, Laramie County Community College’s student publication, took third place in the 2012 Headline Contest, which “honors the most creative headline work published Jan. 1–Dec. 31, 2012.”

The announcement was made April 4 at the ACES 17th annual national conference in St. Louis. First and second places went to students’ work at their internships at the Minneapolis Star Tribune and the Dallas Morning News.

His award-winning headlines for his movie reviews were as follows: “‘Dragon Tattoo’ leaves its mark,” “‘Extremely Loud’ hits wrong notes,” “Film ‘The Help’ arrives for work, gets fired” and “‘The Artist’ proves silence is golden.”

Rooney, who will graduate in May from LCCC, will transfer to the University of Wyoming.

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Matt Rooney
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