Amarillo College students won 22 awards and a scholarship Saturday (April 6) at the annual convention of the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association in Fort Worth.
Bailie Myers, editor of the AC student newspaper, The Ranger, received a TIPA Mike Warms Scholarship based on her grades and work on the newspaper.
In live competition Thursday (April 4) in Fort Worth against students from about 50 colleges and universities throughout Texas, AC student Brandi Hutcheson placed second in TV Sports Writing, Sonnet Relph took third in Public Relations Crisis Management and Emily Prestwood received honorable mention in Print Newswriting.
In contests involving material published in 2012 in The Ranger, AC Current magazine, the acranger.com website and the AC Report on KACV-FM, these AC students took home certificates in various categories:
- Andrea Godoy and Brittney Richerson, first place, General Website Excellence in Online Division 4
- Richerson and Leticia Bodine, first place, Best Breaking News (online)
- The Ranger, second place, Overall Excellence in Newspaper Division 3
- Richerson, Kassy Lax and Helen Hernandez, second place, Best Multimedia Package, Online Division 4
- Steven Downs, second place, Radio Spot News
- Stephanie Perez, second place, Newspaper Non-Photo Illustration
- Kendal Kuehler, both second and third places in Newspaper Feature Page Design
- Shelly Sparks, third place, Radio Spot Commercial, PSA or Promo
- the AC Report staff, third place, Radio Overall Excellence
- Robert Duenes, third place, Best Video in Online Division 4
- Godoy, third place, Newspaper Single Subject Page Design
- Joshua Wagner, third place, Newspaper News Photo.
AC students who received honorable mention were
- Bodine, General Magazine Feature Story
- Zeb Rollins, General Magazine Story Package
- Anthony Nations, Newspaper Photo Illustration
- Danie Clawson, Newspaper Information Graphic
- Joel Hulsey, Newspaper In-Depth Reporting
- David Lewis, Newspaper Editorial.
Attending the TIPA convention were student media members Perla Arellano, Amanda Castro-Crist, Vanessa Garcia, Hutcheson, Myers, Prestwood, Relph and Rollins along with student media assistant Donna Salter and adviser Mike Haynes.
Advisers for The AC Report are Jill Gibson and Brian Frank. Advisers for The Ranger, AC Current and acranger.com are Gibson and Haynes.
“We always stress that the purpose of student media is to train students and serve the AC campuses, not to win awards,” Haynes said. “But awards are icing on the cake and another incentive for our students to do their best.
“I’ve been at AC 22 years, and these 22 awards are the most we’ve won in this competition during that time. Our students are building on a legacy of journalism at AC that started many decades ago.”
Two recent AC graduates also received TIPA honors in Fort Worth as 2011-12 Ranger editor Richerson, now editor of the student newspaper at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, took first place in the on-site copy-editing contest and Brooke Self, a former Ranger reporter now on the Prairie staff at West Texas A&M, received honorable mention in public relations crisis management. Former AC reporter Ashley Hendrick, now editor of WT’s Prairie, was on hand as her staff also won multiple awards.
April 8, 2013
Contact: Mike Haynes, firstname.lastname@example.org, 806-371-5293