HAYS, KS -- Several staff members of The University Leader, the Fort Hays State University campus newspaper, and the Reveille, the FHSU yearbook, attended the Kansas Associated Collegiate Press Conference April 19-20 in Wichita.
Attending the session was Linn Ann Huntington, associate professor of communication and Leader adviser; Mark Bowers, Wichita graduate student and Reveille adviser; Trent Rose, Oakley senior; Kelland Wolf, Hays freshman; Sarah Wolf, Hays sophomore; and Kristen Martinez, Oxford senior.
"I was very proud of my colleagues at the Leader as we came home with 24 of 97 possible awards," said Wolf. "The competition was tough as we faced metropolitan colleges such as K-State and Wichita State, but good things come in small packages. It's always good to know that our newspaper is one of the highest-ranking publications within the state of Kansas."
"The weekend also was very informative," said Martinez. "I think that those staff members who attended the breakout session learned some valuable ideas that they will use to help improve the paper."
The Leader and Reveille each brought home a bronze medal.
"KACP is a great learning experience," Rose said. "We get critiques from professional journalists, attend sessions created to help improve the quality of our paper, and get to interact with other student journalists."
Winners of KACP awards are listed below.
Bryan Valentine, Hays graduate student, was named second runner-up for the Kansas Journalist of the Year. Valentine also received an honorable mention in Sports News and an honorable mention in Interior Page Design.
Janene Hill, Hays graduate student, received an honorable mention in Sports Feature.
Trent Rose, Oakley senior, received an honorable mention in Sports Column.
Rebecca Blocksome, Hays senior, received an honorable mention in Headline Writing, third place in Interior Page Design, honorable mention in Series Writing, two honorable mentions in Editorial Writing and second place in Column Writing.
Tyler Longpine, Hays freshman, received an honorable mention in Photo Essay.
Brad Winter, Hays senior, received second place in Cartoons.
Logan Bonner, Hays junior, received an honorable mention in Cartoons.
Kelland Wolf received an honorable mention in Illustrations and two in Infographics, an honorable mention in Single Ad Design, honorable mention in Sports Photograph and third place in Sports Photograph.
Martinez received second place in Series Writing.
Darren Bean, Hays senior, received an honorable mention in Column Writing.
Jeff Peterson, Hays senior, received an honorable mention in Review Writing.
Penny Lamb, 2001 FHSU graduate, Wichita, received an honorable mention in Student Life Page Design and second place in Organizational Page Design.
Justin Fluke, 2001 FHSU graduate, Medicine Lodge, received an honorable mention in Sports Season Writing and an honorable mention in Feature Writing.
Christina Gillman, 2000 FHSU graduate, Mound Valley, received a second place in Organizational Page Design.
"I am very proud of the Leader staff," Martinez said. "We competed against some impressive publications and ended up with many awards."