As the Cardinals claimed the World Series championship in St. Louis the last week of October, the Seward County Community College Crusader student newspaper staff was in St. Louis to claim some victories of its own.
The Crusader staff was awarded the second-place Best of Show award for two-year college special editions Oct. 29 at the National College Media Convention in St. Louis, as well as a Best of Show third-place award for the Crusader newspaper.
More than 2,500 college journalists attended the convention. The Best of Show special editions award recognized the TipOff 2006 basketball preview that Carissa Nelson, sports editor from Johnson, was in charge of producing. She set up photo shoots with both the Saints and Lady Saints basketball teams and worked through a weekend perfecting the design and content of the basketball preview. Many of her co-workers joined the effort to help with photography and page design. The Crusader student journalists devoted hours of work to what turned out to be a national award-winning publication.
“It was a very rewarding experience,” Nelson said. “I thought the special edition was really good, but I didn’t know what kind of competition was at the convention, so I didn’t know if we’d win, but we did. Everybody on staff put a lot of hard work into it.”
Nelson felt winning so impressively at the national convention brought added perks to being on the 2006 Crusader staff.
“It was exciting, and I was really happy,” she said.
The categories are limited to two entries for each newspaper in attendance, one in special editions and one in newspaper, so the Crusader placed in the top 3 in both categories it was eligible to enter.
Other winners at the national competition in the two-year college special edition category were, first, The Courier, Brookhaven College, Farmers Branch, Texas; second, Crusader, SCCC, Liberal; third, The Advocate, Contra Costa College, San Pablo, Calif.; and honorable mention, The Clarion, Madison Area Technical College, Madison, Wis.
Winners in the two-year non-weekly broadsheet division were, first, The Sun, Southwestern College, Chula Vista, Calif.; second, Silhouette, Garden City Community College, Garden City; third, Crusader, SCCC, Liberal; and honorable mentions to The Courier, Brookhaven College, Farmers Branch, Texas, and The Olympian, Olympic College, Bremerton, Wash. Winners may be viewed at studentpress.org.
Nelson was pleasantly surprised at winning in such high level competition.
“It was really cool because I thought the bigger schools would have an advantage over us, but we were just as creative as they were,” she said.
Crusader editors for 2006-2007 include Kenneth Payne, Hugoton, editor; Nelson, Johnson, sports editor; Cayla Thomlinson, Rolla, advertising manager/designer; Jordan Beeson, Liberal, arts and entertainment editor; Chris Reyes, Hugoton, photo editor; Brendan Kachel, Hooker, Okla., online editor. Staff members include Davina Barr, Liberal; Jacob Hampton, Turpin, Okla.; Andrae Coleman, Liberal; Luke Wempe, Lawrence; Keeley Barnett, Kismet; Lydia Kautz, Ulysses; Roxanne Gonzales, Hugoton; Mark Bultman, Ulysses; and Brandon Jones, Tyrone, Okla.
The Crusader is a student-run newspaper serving the campus of SCCC in Liberal. The student staff also manages an online newspaper, CrusaderNews.com. Crusader advisers are Anita Reed and Daniel Hackett. Reed may be reached at (620) 629-2669 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
SCCC Crusader student newspaper staff members pose inside the top of the St. Louis arch during a recent trip to the National College Media convention, where the Crusader staff won two Best of Show national awards. Pictured from left, back row, Chris Reyes, Hugoton; Carissa Nelson, Johnson; Brendan Kachel, Hooker, Okla.; front row, from left, Cayla Thomlinson, Rolla; Jordan Beeson, Liberal, and Jacob Hampton, Turpin, Okla. The SCCC students also went to Busch Stadium during the post-game celebration of the World Series championship game won by the St. Louis Cardinals, attended a St. Louis Blues hockey game, toured the Anheuser-Busch Brewery, attended a Dale Chihuly glass art exhibit at the Missouri Botanical Gardens, and attended daytime seminars and keynote speeches at the convention.