CHEYENNE, WYO. – Wingspan, the student newspaper of Laramie County Community College, has recently been recognized with several awards and honors from across the nation.
The publication was the one of only three two-year college student media organizations in the nation to win 2015 Gold Circle Awards for Newspapers.
Erica Klimt earned second place in editorial writing for a piece on the challenges of nontraditional students completing their degrees. Klimt was also recognized with a certificate of merit for sidebar writing.
Tamara Rodgers earned two awards for LCCC, taking third place in photo story for a series of photographs highlighting the work done in the college’s agriculture building and third place in single sports photograph for a rodeo photo.
Klimt and Rodgers are expected to graduate from LCCC this December.
Taylor Snell, who graduated in May, earned a certificate of merit for a photo illustration, and the Wingspan staff also earned a certificate of merit for the special section that appeared in the same issue for special section design.
The Wingspan staff was also recognized with a first-place award in caption writing.
The 32nd annual Gold Circle awards included more than 11,000 entries from both two- and four-year schools.
Additionally, two LCCC media students have been named finalists for Associated Collegiate Press awards.
Current LCCC student Ike Fredregill is a finalist for photo excellence in environmental portraiture for his photograph of retired instructor Rich Laidlaw. Last year, Fredregill took second place in environmental portraiture.
Vycktoryja Selves is a finalist for story of the year in the diversity category for her story “Experience of lifetime,” about time spent in Sierra Leone during the summer of 2014. Selves transferred to Seattle Central College where she is studying commercial photography.
The ACP Pacemaker awards are considered the Pulitzer Prize of the student press. Winners for the competition will be announced at ACP’s national convention later this month.
Finally, Roz Schliske, a long-time faculty adviser for Wingspan, was honored with a national award by the National Federation of Press Women.
Schliske, who advised Wingspan since 1976, received second place in the “faculty adviser of publications” category of the organization’s national communications contest. For more than a decade, Schliske has placed in this category, including first place in 2003, 2004, 2010 and 2011.
Schliske retired from LCCC in May 2015 after 39 years of service to the campus.