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Wingspan staffers take top national honors

Two Laramie County Community College media students took top writing and photography awards in a national competition in which two-year school students compete with four-year school students.

Vycktoryja Selves took first place for story of the year in the Associated Collegiate Press diversity category for her story “Experience of lifetime,” about time spent in Sierra Leone during the summer of 2014.

Selves’ story placed ahead of stories published in the University of California—Los Angeles Daily Bruin and the Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism Justice Project.

Selves transferred to Seattle Central College where she is now studying commercial photography.

Current LCCC student Ike Fredregill placed for a second year in a row, taking third place for photo excellence in the ACP’s environmental portraiture category for his photograph of retired instructor Rich Laidlaw. Last year, Fredregill took second place in environmental portraiture for a photo of an LCCC tutor, Tanya Salih.

Fredregill’s competition included students from the University of Oregon, University of Arkansas and Texas A&M University.

pThe ACP Pacemaker awards are considered the Pulitzer Prize of the student press. The awards were announced at ACP’s national convention in Austin, Texas, Oct. 28-Nov. 1. The contest is co-sponsored by the Newspaper Association of America Foundation.