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The Collegiate wins 14 awards at the Michigan Press Association’s College Better Newspaper Contest

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Collegiate writers attended the Michigan Press Association Annual Conference at the Amway Grand Hotel on January 31, 2019 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. (Jennifer Ackerman-Haywood)

The 2019 Michigan Press Association Annual Convention kicked off their two-day convention Thursday at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel with journalism workshops and the annual awards dinner where The Collegiate finished in third place in the 2018 College Better Newspaper Contest.

The annual convention hosts Michigan journalists and offers informational workshops for professionals and students as well as awards in different categories of work. The Collegiate was among the winners this year winning 14 awards.

Individual awards for Collegiate reporters were:

Best Photographer – Second Place, Harrison DiCocco

Best Photographer – Third Place, Karl Blessing

Best Photographer – Honorable Mention, Najd Ayari

Best Writer – Honorable Mention, Mike Staley, Gene Paxton to be inducted into the Grand Rapids Sports Hall of Fame

Column-Review or Blog-News or Sports – First Place, Dylan Vanderson, My Battle With Bulimia

Column-Review or Blog-News or Sports – Second Place, Mike Staley, Being a parent in the current times

Column-Review or Blog-News or Sports – Honorable Mention, Tatiana Diaz, (In)fertile Myrtle

Feature Photo – First Place – Harrison DiCocco, BORNS played sold-out show at 20 Monroe Live Sunday night

Feature Photo – Honorable Mention, Karl Blessing, Water lanterns lit up the night at Millennium Park

Feature Story – Second Place, Mike Staley, My Journey Through Heroin Addiction

Feature Story – Third Place, Matt Meyle, What’s so funny ‘bout peace, love and understanding?

Investigative Reporting – Second Place, Tatiana Diaz, GRCC student group’s informational table containing free feminine hygiene products for students labeled fire hazard

News-Only Photo – Third Place, Najd Ayari, About 4,000 West Michigan residents gathered in Rosa Parks Circle for March for Our Lives