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The Collegiate wins Newspaper of the Year for 2015 at the MPA awards


Grand Rapids Community College’s student newspaper, The Collegiate, won top honors from the Michigan Press Association when it was named  College Newspaper of the Year for 2015 in division three last week.

The Michigan Press Association announced the winners of the 2015 College Better Newspaper Contest on Jan. 28, categorized in three divisions. The Collegiate won 13 individual awards in the Division Three category, earning a total of 860 points to place first.

In the News Story category, former Editor-in-Chief Sean P. Mulhall won third place out of 33 entries for his story entitled, “First Amendment Concerns Raised at GRCC.”

In the Feature Story category, Sports Editor Zach Watkins won first place out of 45 entries for his feature entitled, “GRCC’s Lone Cowboy.”

Editor-in-Chief Kayla Tucker won second place for her feature entitled, “Sweetheart, I love you,” from the spring magazine’s Hospice of Michigan feature.

Former Managing Editor Jacquelyn Zeman won an honorable mention for her personal narrative feature, “With these hands, I can do anything.”

In the Sports News/Features category, Photo Editor John Rothwell won second place out of 22 entries for his front-page feature, “From Cabrini-Green to GRCC: GRCC basketball player overcomes adversity to excel on and off court.”

In the Column Review or Blog/News or Sports category, Web Editor Chris Powers won third place out of 40 entries for his political column, “Donald Trump and the Politics of Never Backing Down.”

In the Editorial category, the staff took home first place out of 14 entries for the editorial, “GRCC needs to stop dragging its feet on domestic partner benefits.”

In the Best Writer category, Mulhall won second place out of nine entries. The judge noted “great detail” in his stories.

In the Best Photographer category, former Photo Editor Jonathan D. Lopez won first place out of  four entries. The judge said he had “a great variety of images”  and knows how to “catch the eye.”

In the Feature or Sports Photo, Lopez also won first place out of 24 entries for his title photo for the feature, “Don’t take life for granted.”

Jonathan D. Lopez | The Collegiate
Jonathan D. Lopez | The Collegiate

Rothwell also won second place for his photo of The Grand Rapids Gazzelles rugby team.

John Rothwell | The Collegiate
John Rothwell | The Collegiate

In the Non-Front Page Design category, Powers took first place out of 13 entries for “The Social Networking Effect” spread.

Finally, out of the 10 entries in the Original Cartoon Editorial or Entertainment category, Watkins and former staff member Teagan Burns won first place for their NFL domestic abuse cartoon.

The Collegiate Staff 2015
The Collegiate Staff 2015
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