Seward County Community College/Area Technical School winners of Columbia Scholastic Press Association awards show some of their work which earned honors in the national competition including two- and four-year colleges. From left, Deisi Barboza, CrusaderNews.com online editor; Alfredo Anaya, Crusader editor; Jose Rodriguez, entertainment editor; and Omar Rios, Crusader staff artist. Not pictured are former sports editor Rustin Watt, who won a first place CSPA award in sidebar writing and a certificate of merit, and editor-in-chief Morgan Allaman, who earned second, third and certificate of merit recognitions. Three students of the Telolith literary magazine also won CSPA awards. Crusader photo
By ADRIENNE SANBORN
• Crusader staff
Six Crusader staff members and three Telolith staff members, current and former, received a total of 11 national awards from Columbia Scholastic Press Association.
The Crusader is the student newspaper at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School, and the Telolith is the literary magazine produced by students at SCCC/ATS.
The winners of the awards include Morgan Allaman, Alfredo Anaya, Jose Rodriguez, Omar Rios, Rustin Watt and Deisi Barboza, of the Crusader staff, and Gabriel Palma, Edward Kentner and Adam Mendenhall of the Telolith.
Watt and Barboza both received awards in sidebar writing. Watt won first in his category for his interview piece with James Lamenzo, member of the metal band Megadeth. Barboza received a certificate of merit for her Q&A with Bucky Covington.
Watt also received a certificate of merit in the editorial writing contest for his column on the concealed weapons bill.
Allaman, Anaya and Rodriguez received a third-place award in the black and white photo layout category and a certificate of merit in the black and white photo category for their piece, “School Musical Oz’some.”
Allaman also won a second place award for a personality profile she wrote which was headlined “Students Rock Out.”
Crusader editor Alfredo Anaya’s “Breast cancer affects Seward student’s life,” a story about the effects his mother’s battle with cancer had on his life, came in third in first-person experience.
“I was really surprised I won anything like that,” Anaya said.
Rios won a certificate of merit in art/illustration. Kentner received a certificate of merit for his fiction essay, “Home for Sale” contributed to the Telolith.
Palma also received a certificate of merit in the illustration rendering photographic material: black and white category for “Toon Gabriel.”
Gabriel’s self caricature drawing showed off his sense of humor and drawing ability, according to Susan Copas, art instructor.
Mendenhall received a certificate of merit in the illustration black and white contest for “Captain Ahab.”
“Adam’s print is a strong piece on its own, and it turned out to be the perfect illustration for this story,” Copas said.
Telolith also recently received the top All-American award from the Associated Collegiate Press.
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