Posted at 3:15 p.m., Oct. 6, 2015

Wingspan is one of three two-year college's to win

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Winning page:

Student Tamara Rodger's photo story page that won third place.


Cowboy Up

Photos by Tamara Rodgers

Award worthy photo:

Student Tamara Rodger's photo called "cowboy up" placed third


Laramie County Community College’s student newspaper, Wingspan, was the one of three two-year college student media organizations in the nation to win 2015 Gold Circle Awards for Newspapers in a national contest sponsored by Columbia University, earning seven awards.

Erica Klimt earned second place in editorial writing for “Our Modern Family: Life interferes with nontraditional students completing their degrees,” which appeared in the Dec. 1, 2014, edition of Wingspan.

Klimt was also recognized with a certificate of merit for sidebar writing for her story “College students need to ‘have some skin in the game,’” part of the Feb. 16, 2016, edition of the publication.

Tamara Rodgers also earned two awards for LCCC in the competition, taking third place in photo story for a series of photographs that published Feb. 16, 2015, highlighting the work done in the college’s agriculture building and third place in single sports photograph for a rodeo photo that appeared in the Nov. 10, 2014 issue of the publication.

Klimt and Rodgers are expected to graduate from LCCC this December.

Taylor Snell earned a certificate of merit for a photo illustration that appeared on the front of the March 9, 2015, issue with the headline “What are you doing this Staycation?” The Wingspan staff also earned a certificate of merit for the special section that appeared in the same issue for special section design. Snell graduated from LCCC in May.  

The Wingspan staff was also recognized with a first-place award in caption writing.

Two- and four-year institutions competed against one another in a competition that attracted 11,110 entries. The only other two-year schools honored were Santa Ana College and Kilgore College, schools with student populations of 31,377 and 6,691, respectively.
The 32nd annual Gold Circle awards included work produced between June 11, 2014, through June 10, 2015.

Editors for the contest year were Erica Klimt and Samantha Weaver.

Wingspan faculty advisers for the 2014-2015 academic year were Rosalind Schliske and J.L. O’Brien. The Columbia Scholastic Press Association has been operated as part of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism since 1925.


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