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Restrepo Wins Meramec President's Merit Award; Reishchman Named National Winner of Mark of Excellence Award

May 18, 2010

Carlos Restrepo and Collin Reishman  
Collin Reishman (L) and Carlos Restrepo at the annual
Student Awards Banquet held May 14, 2010.














As the academic year comes quickly to a close, staff members of The Montage, St. Louis Community College - Meramec's student newspaper, continue to receive awards.

Editor-in-Chief Carlos Restrepo was presented with the President’s Merit Award, Meramec’s highest honor, at the annual Meramec Student Awards Banquet, held May 14, 2010, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Clayton. The President’s Merit Award recognizes a current STLCC-Meramec student who has demonstrated excellence in any two of the following categories: academic achievement, leadership, athletics, campus activities, or community service. "Carlos has proved himself not only as a good student but also as an excellent leader at the newspaper," said Meramec’s Acting President George Wasson. "He has done diligent job of reporting the news and issues at the college this year."

Collin Reischman, managing editor of The Montage, has been named the national winner of a Mark of Excellence Award by the Society of Professional Journalists. Reischman placed first nationally in the two-year college category for sports writing for his Oct. 15, 2009 article, "Removed from the Mat."

Reischman will be honored at the SPJ Convention and National Journalism Conference Oct. 1-3 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Annually, the Society of Professional Journalists presents the Mark of Excellence Awards honoring the best in student journalism. The awards offer categories for print, radio, television and online collegiate journalism.

The Montage advanced as Region 7 finalists by placing first as the Best All-Around Newspaper in the two-year college category. Each year, The Montage competes nationally against several other two-year and four-year school newspapers from across the country. More recently, The Montage was awarded a National Pacemaker award from the Associated Collegiate Press, the highest collegiate honor for student media outlets.