LCCC’s Wingspan receives prestigious national awards

CHEYENNE — Laramie County Community College's student media organization, Wingspan, and its student journalists were recently honored with several national awards.

Wingspan won first place for general excellence for the 2016-17 school year in the American Scholastic Press Association's annual Newspaper Review and Contest for the 27th year in a row. Wingspan's special section on the November general election also was honored with Best Local Election Coverage.

Wingspan placed third in The Society for Editing's annual headline writing contest, the fifth year in a row that Wingspan journalists have placed in the top three. LCCC is the only community college to ever place in the top three in this competition. The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill earned first and Baylor University earned second in the contest. Editors contributing to the winning portfolio of headlines include Jacob Hamel, Cody Fox, Tara Hutchison, Creighton Grove, Emilygrace Piel, Savannah Haudenshild, and Rebecca Waters.

Columbia Scholastic Press Association recognized Wingspan with its Gold Circle Award, which are given to recognize excellence in student journalism. Additionally, Tamara Rodgers won first place and a certificate of merit in the Single Sports Photograph competition for a pair of rodeo photos from LCCC's annual Shawn Dubie Memorial Rodeo.

Editors for the 2016-17 school year were Jacob Hamel, Cody Fox and Creighton Grove. Advisers were Jake Sherlock, J O'Brien, and Alicia Stice.