Student publications staff members from Fort Hays State University received honors at the Kansas Associated Collegiate Press annual conference in Wichita the weekend of April 15-17.
Sara Schwantes, Lindsborg senior and editor-in-chief of The Tiger's Tale magazine, received the Journalist of the Year award in the magazine division. Journalist of the Year is the highest award given by KACP.
" It's a great honor to be named the KACP Journalist of the Year," Schwantes said. "The best part of it all is the $250 check that comes with it. But I owe all of it to my staff, because without them the magazine would be nothing. Without them the magazine wouldn't be such a quality product.
" It?s been a long and rough journey, switching over from yearbook format to magazine format, but I'm thankful for the chance that Fort Hays State has offered me in being editor."
The Tiger's Tale didn't even exist until the fall of 2003. It was created to replace "The Reveille," FHSU's yearbook, after the yearbook program was eliminated. Schwantes, a sophomore at the time, was the first editor of the magazine.
" Sara Schwantes is a self-starter and has taken the magazine from 0 to 60 in less than two years," said Dawn Mermis, student publications coordinator. "It does not surprise me that her talent has been recognized in a state-wide manner. The staff and I are proud of her and the honor she has earned."
" Tiger's Tale" won the Silver Award at KACP, meaning it placed second among all collegiate magazines in the state. The University Leader also received the Silver Award in the four-year university newspaper division; it finished second in the state's universities for overall publication.
Schwantes; Micah Mertes; Colwich junior; Scott Rader, Hays senior; Wallis Osborn, Loveland, CO, senior; Clarice Buscher, Erie sophomore; Mike Kessinger, Marysville senior; Adam Gerik, Wichita senior; and Eric Montoy, Salina sophomore, all submitted work from The Leader and The Tiger's Tale that won individual awards as well.
" The awards received by the magazine and newspaper are a reflection of the hard work and talent that the combined staff have exerted," Mermis said. "I am proud and know that it is their work that has been acknowledged."