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Collegiate Writers Win Top Awards: Publication named Best News Website by MCCPA for third consecutive year

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Grand Rapids Community College Student Center (courtesy photo).

By: Sherry Sokolowski

Every year, the Michigan Community College Press Association hosts a competition and conference for community college student journalists. Typically, there are more than 30 different categories, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was condensed down. This year experienced journalists with years under their belts determined the winners for 12 different awards. 

Out of the 12 categories, The Collegiate took home eight first place awards, one third place, and two honorable mentions. The Collegiate staff won the first place award for Best News Website for the third consecutive year. 

“The Collegiate’s staff posts more articles than the other websites, which really made them stand out from the competition,” commented a contest judge. “Along with having fresh content, the layout is visually appealing and draws you in.” 

The individual awards won by Collegiate staff include: 

Editorial Writing: First Place – We Need a Heads Up by Breegan Petruska

Third Place – The Case for Concurrent Classrooms by Annah Johnson

Feature Writing: First Place – How A Self-Destructive Past Let To The Bet Of A Lifetime by Sean Chase 

In-Depth Enterprise Reporting – Tied for First Place: Virtual Proctoring: The Lockdown Browser by Breegan Petruska

Headline Writing: First Place: How Chasing Dogs, High Kicks and a Busted Toilet Helped Me Lose 50 Pounds During the COVID-19 Pandemic  by Jamie Miller

Serious & Humorous Column: First Place – Thoughts on Capital Hill by Sean Chase 

Photo Essay: First Place: https://thecollegiatelive.com/2020/06/police-chief-sheriff-officers-kneel-beside-impassioned-protestors-in-grand-rapids/ by staff photographers.

News & Feature Photo: First Place entry taken by Sabrina Edwards

Honorable Mention – https://thecollegiatelive.com/2021/01/world-of-winter-2021/ by Breegan Petruska

All of the winning entries and the judge’s comments can be found on the MCCPA website.