College newspaper takes second place nationally

Publication brings home five individual honors from ACP

Jeffrey Pallak
Jeffrey Pallak holds his plaque for placing 4th for the 2011 Associated Collegiate Press design of the year award for best illustration.
Photo by Will Hebert.

The staff of Laramie County Community College’s student newspaper, Wingspan, came home Oct. 30 with several major awards from the 84th annual Associated Collegiate Press national convention in Orlando.

The October 2011 issue won second place in the nation in the category of two-year colleges with a tabloid format of 17 pages or more. Will Hebert and Shawn Havel, both of Cheyenne, are the co-editors.

In addition, the Wingspan issues of the 2010–2011 academic year were a national finalist for the Pacemaker, considered the Pulitzer Prize of the student media, in two-year colleges of any size. The ACP contest is co-sponsored by the Newspaper Association of America Foundation and was judged by professional journalists in the Washington, D.C., area.

In addition, Jeffrey Pallak, of Cheyenne, currently editor of Wingspan Online, placed fourth in the nation for illustration of the year competing with four-year universities. He created an illustration about Twitter for his Wingspan “Eagle Web” column.

The Wingspan staff placed as finalists for two other individual awards in competition with four-year universities.

Wingspan’s former sports editor, Cody Tucker, who is now sports editor for the Douglas Budget, took honorable mention in sports writing for his sports feature called “Bulls, broncs and buckles” about LCCC bull rider Loncey Johnson.

Finally, the Wingspan staff took honorable mention for its editorial about student government online elections called “You have to travel nearly to the moon to vote for ASG senators.”

The writing portion of the contest attracted 569 entries in five categories and was judged by the Deadline Club, the Society of Professional Journalists’ New York City chapter.

Editors for the contest year were Seneca Riggins, who is now editor of the University of Wyoming’s Branding Iron; Hannah Wheeler, now a UW student working in the university’s public relations department; and Will Hebert, current Wingspan editor.

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