MOUNT PLEASANT – The Collegiate, the student publication of Grand Rapids Community College, secured 14 awards during the Michigan Community College Press Association (MCCPA) annual conference today at Central Michigan University.
The Feature Story category was dominated by The Collegiate with staffer Tara Woods, Feature Editor Tatiana Diaz and former Editor-In-Chief Kayla Tucker taking first place, second place and an honorable mention, respectively. Woods and Diaz wrote personal narratives about life experiences and Tucker told the story of a GRCC student who immigrated to the United States.
Photo Editor Harrison Dicocco scored first places in the Photo Essay or Digital Slideshow and Feature Photo categories for his BØRNS coverage as well as a second place in the Sports Feature Photo category for an emphatic photo of an opposing player during a GRCC Volleyball game.
Former Collegiate staffer Ruby Biggs won first place in the Serious Column category with a narrative about recovery from addiction.
The Collegiate won first place in the Editorial category for its take on school safety.
Managing/Sports Editor Austin Chastain booked second place in the Sports Column category for his account of the Chicago Cubs’ 2016 World Series championship and what it meant to him personally.
Former Sports Editor Jakhari Carroll scored a second place his Sports Feature story on GRCC Men’s Basketball assistant coach Derrick King. Carroll also received an honorable mention for his Sports Column discussing former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
Woods also earned a second place honor in the Humor Column category for her take on male Halloween costumes.
Collegiate staffer Mike Staley received third place in the Sports Feature category for his story on GRCC Women’s Basketball and Softball star, Makayla Beld.
The Collegiate Staff received an honorable mention in the In-Depth Enterprise Reporting for its feature series on GRCC students receiving benefits from the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
The conference featured a keynote address by Jake May, staff photographer for the Flint Journal. May was a 2017 Pulitzer Prize Finalist in Feature Photography. The event also included two conference sessions with various media professionals and a luncheon and awards banquet. Community college students attending the conference were given tours of the student publications at CMU.