AC students win 13 awards in Denton

Amarillo College students won 13 awards at the annual convention of the Texas Community College Journalism Association in Denton.

The awards were presented to staff members of The Ranger newspaper and AC Current magazine and to AC broadcast students at the TCCJA convention Friday (Oct. 4) on the campus of Texas Woman’s University.

In on-site competition Friday, Ranger editor Amanda Castro-Crist took first place in print newswriting, while former Ranger editor Bailie Myers placed third in newspaper design.

AC took three first-place broadcast awards for work done during the 2012-13 school year under the direction of adviser Jill Gibson. Shelly Sparks and Austin Gravely combined for first place in radio production for the AC Report, Robert Duenes placed first for television production for a story on College Radio Day and Raven Mendoza placed first for her radio news package on the Finishers club.

AC Current magazine took second place for overall excellence under the guidance of editor Zeb Rollins.

Also in the 2012-13 competition, the magazine received honorable mention for a non-journalism story by Vanessa Garcia, a journalism story by Gregory White and a photo illustration by the Illustrative Photography 2 class taught by Brent Cavanaugh.

The Ranger received four honorable mention certificates: Emily Prestwood for feature photo; Prestwood for sports action photo; Kaylie Foster for advertising artwork; and Rollins and Garcia for headline writing.

Kilgore College won the magazine sweepstakes award, while Eastfield College took newspaper sweepstakes honors.

Attending the TCCJA convention and competing in the on-site contests were student media staff members Castro-Crist, Garcia, Myers, Perla Arellano, David Duenes, Robert Gauna, Brandi Hutcheson and Quintin Marquez and adviser Mike Haynes.

Castro-Crist, Myers and Prestwood also are part-time Amarillo Globe-News employees.

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