Oct.16, 2012, 2:50 p.m.

Student paper receives prestigious awards

Laramie County Community College’s student newspaper, Wingspan, captured five individual awards and one staff award competing with four-year universities in a national contest sponsored by Columbia University.

The 29th annual Gold Circle awards, which attracted 10,444 entries, were announced by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association for the June 2011–June 2012 contest year. The awards will be given during a ceremony at the 89th annual CSPA national convention March 20–22, 2013, in New York City.

The entire Wingspan staff was honored with a certificate of merit for the publication’s overall design in a tabloid format for its Oct. 10, 2011, Feb. 27, 2012, and April 23, 2012, issues.

Individual staff members who captured Gold Circle awards were as follows:

*Will Hebert: first place, op-ed page design, for a commentary page called “Chronicles of Nerdia”; second place, photography portfolio of work, for pictures of a rodeo, a portrait of an actor and of a play production; certificate of merit, page one design in a newsmagazine format, for the October 2011 “Brains on the Plains; certificate of merit, page one design portfolio of work, for covers called “LCCC’s Hunger Games,” “Mere Mortals” and “Higher Learning.”

*Dominic Benintende and Jeff Pallak, certificate of merit, feature page design in a tabloid format, for an arts and entertainment page called “Suessical Jr.”

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

The CSPA has been operated as part of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism since 1925. In addition to newspapers, awards are given to yearbooks, magazines and digital media categories.


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