Student journalists receive press awards

LARAMIE—Several journalists with connections to the Laramie County Community College mass media/multimedia department won awards at the 115th  annual Wyoming Press Association Jan. 16–17.

Kasey Orr, Wingspan editor during the spring and fall 2014 semesters, worked last summer as an intern at the Douglas Budget and its sister newspaper the Glenrock Independent. In the large weekly division, he took second place in sports photography for a photo called “Cinderella going to the ball” and honorable mention for an open page design called “Gun Smoke,” both for the Douglas newspaper. In the small weekly division, he took second place in the portrait/personality category for a photo called “American Girl” for the Glenrock paper.

A former Wingspan sports editor, Cody Tucker, who worked as the sports editor of the Douglas Budget and Glenrock Independent, took second place in the sports news story for Douglas called “Devastated at the dance.” The judge wrote: “I am more impressed with someone who gets the story out of a losing team. That’s most difficult, especially for one with high expectations. Tucker got a lot of good detail and, judging from this and other entries, has a gift of making people talk.”

For the Glenrock paper, he took first place in sports feature story for a story called “In her memory.” The judge wrote: “Touching feature and well told. Tells heartbreaking story of the loss of a mother and the support from teammates. Pulls the reader in and leaves them rooting for young Anthony Pack.”

In the Associates Contest of the WPA, Virginia Wakefield earned an honorable mention for a magazine article in the WREN magazine called “Cowboy Joe,” which the judge described as a “great, fun feature.” Wakefield is taking desktop publishing classes at LCCC.