Crusader staff member Tonya Loewen of Meade competed in an individual page design contest at the Minneapolis Best of the Midwest Conference this weekend, and she came home with the first-place award. She is a student at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School. The Crusader staff also collected another Best of Show Award, this time fourth place among two-year newspapers at the Best of the Midwest competition.
Loewen entered a page design she completed last semester on Top 5 Dorm Recipes. Since the individual contests at Best of the Midwest are open-class, Loewen had to top not only all of the two-year entries but also all four-year university entries to claim her top-place finish.
Loewen and Crusader entertainment editor Megan Spain, along with Crusader adviser and journalism instructor Anita Reed, represented the Crusader at the convention in Minneapolis.
More than 250 students were eligible to compete at Best of the Midwest as attendees of the convention.
Loewen, Spain and Reed attended training sessions Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and were able to learn from keynote speakers such as Molly Bloom of Minnesota Public Radio News; Monica Moses, editor in chief of American Craft magazine; and Emmy award-winning multimedia producer McKenna Ewen of the Star Tribune.