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The Collegiate wins College Newspaper of the Year in Michigan Press Association contest

Collegiate Editor-in-Chief Kayla Tucker and Adviser Jennifer Ackerman-Haywood with the 2016 College Newspaper of the Year Award from the Michigan Press Association.

The Collegiate, Grand Rapids Community College’s student publication, was named Division 3 College Newspaper of the Year for 2016 in the Michigan Press Association Better Newspaper Contest.  

The Collegiate staff won 19 awards that were announced following the MPA Gala held tonight at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids. Thirteen Michigan colleges submitted a total of 625 entries in this year’s contest. The following awards were won by The Collegiate Staff this year.

Former photo editor John Rothwell took home first place for Best Photographer.

Editor-in-Chief Kayla Tucker received first place as Best Writer.

Column – Review or Blog – News or Sports

First Place, Kayla Tucker, “If no one’s going to start the conversation, I will.”

Second Place, John Rothwell, “What it’s like being at a Donald Trump rally: unsettling”


Third Place, Collegiate Staff, “Editorial: Paris attacks deserve a better response”

Honorable Mention, Collegiate Staff, “Editorial: Donald Trump cannot be the Republican nominee”

Feature Photo

Third Place, John Rothwell, “Weekend in Pictures”

Honorable Mention, John Rothwell, “BORNS: former GRCC music student on the rise”

Feature Story

First Place, Avery Jennings, “Community (college) policing with GRCC’s finest”

Second Place, Jill Rothwell, “Broken: The Reluctant Caregiver”

Honorable Mention, Mike Balmer, “How Almost Dying Restored My Will To Live”

Investigative Reporting

First Place, Kayla Tucker, “GRCC professor resigns following sexual misconduct investigation”

News-Only Photo

First Place, John Rothwell, “Presidential Candidate Donald Trump makes first stop in West Michigan”

Second Place, John Rothwell, “West Michigan feels the Bern at GVSU rally for Sanders”

Third Place, John Rothwell, “New Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss outlines plans at State of the City 2016”

Sports News/Features

Second Place, Avery Jennings, “Back in the Game: How Deiona Rogers followed her passion back to the hardwood”

Sports Photo

First Place, John Rothwell, “Men’s Basketball”

Second Place, John Rothwell, “GRCC women’s basketball team blitzes Wayne County Community College 95-29”

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