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Student media organizations win 18 awards at NCCMA

BOONE—The Appalachian student newspaper and The Peel literary arts magazine at Appalachian State University received 18 awards combined from the 2012 North Carolina College Media Association Conference held Saturday, Feb. 16, at North Carolina A&T in Greensboro.

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“I’m always pleased when our student publications win awards that demonstrate that Appalachian students are performing at the top of their game,” said David Freeman, adviser of the student newspaper and literary arts magazine. “Not only does this demonstrate the quality of what student publications achieve, but it demonstrates how well our students are taught in the classroom. Congratulations to every student who won recognition.”

The Appalachian received 12 awards, 10 of which were individual, along with a Best in Show for print and online news. The Peel claimed six awards – a Best in Show for a literary arts magazine and five individual awards.

“I am so proud of the hard work that the staff of The Appalachian has put into this organization,” said Editor-in-Chief Michael Bragg. “The 12 awards we brought back to Boone are something we can all be proud of, and it stands for the excellent quality of work Appalachian students are capable of achieving.”

The Appalachian was judged in the Large Schools category alongside publications such as The Technician at North Carolina State University and The Daily Tar Heel at UNC-Chapel Hill.

In the individual categories concerning editorial content, The Appalachian took home five awards.

For news writing, senior journalism major Rebecca Gitlen received third place for her article “Athletes Accused,” which ran in the March 1, 2012, edition of The Appalachian.

In feature writing, sophomore political science major Anne Buie won third place for the Jan. 31, 2012, article “Low availability of on-campus childcare places student parents ‘between a rock and a hard place’” and junior journalism and public relations major Michael Bragg received an honorable mention for “Senior finds brother, friend through Western Youth Network’s mentoring program,” which ran Sept. 13, 2012.

Freshman journalism major Andrew Clausen won an honorable mention in sports writing for the Nov. 13, 2012, piece “Cancer stops rugby player from playing, but not fighting.” Senior public relations major Meghan Frick rounded out The Appalachian’s editorial content awards with second place in opinion writing for “Where do we draw the line?”

Senior technical photography major and editor-in-chief of The Peel Olivia Wilkes won an honorable mention for her photo “Silent Protest,” which ran in the March 6, 2012, issue of The Appalachian. Sophomore graphic design major Lizzie McCreary also received an honorable mention for her Nov. 8, 2012, front-page layout “Four More Years.”

Junior studio art major Andrew Cox won an honorable mention for his cartoon “Romney Doesn’t Believe in Handouts,” which ran online at theappalachianonline.com exclusively.

In the category of multimedia, The Appalachian took second and third place. Senior advertising major Libby Dallis and junior music industry studies major Conor McClure both won second place for their video feature “Cadaver Lab.” Junior electronic media broadcasting major Zach Drechsler won third place for his coverage of 2012’s Music on the Mountaintop.

For The Peel’s individual awards, senior English major Jason McLaughlin won first place in poetry for “Chemical Marriage of Days” and senior English major Kipp Schauble, using the pen name E.S. Muove, won second place in nonfiction for “Dry City.”

“This is the first year The Peel has been involved with the NCCMA, and I am so proud of our staff for sweeping the competition,” Wilkes said. “I believe this is a major growth point in the development of the magazine, and I look forward to the outcome of future conferences and competitions. It is great to see of all of the hard work and dedication students put forth into producing these two publications recognized and rewarded.”

The remaining individual winners are Appalachian alumni Rosy Kirby and Jenna Slawson.

Kirby won first place in art for “Ark,” and Slawson won second place and honorable mention in two-page spread design for “Table of Contents” and “p.14-15,” respectively.

“Words cannot express how proud I am of our students,” said Center for Student Involvement and Leadership director Jamar Banks. “They have again proven that they can compete with the best in the country.”

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