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Meramec Montage Named Best Overall 2-Year College Newspaper

April 19, 2012

Meramec Montage Staff  
Front L-R: Justin Villmer, Sara Murillo, Kelly Glueck. 2nd Row L-R: Spencer Gleason, Tomi Storey, Kimberly Morice, Lilly Huxhold, Amber Davis, Hans Steinert, Sadie Hill, Vitoria Barmak. Back Row L-R: David Kloeckener, Alex Kendall, Jake Simorka, Kavahn Mansouri, Jesse Hofford, Mike Ziegler and Kurt Oberreither.

The Montage, St. Louis Community College - Meramec's student newspaper, was recently recognized as the Best Overall 2-Year College Newspaper at the Missouri College Media Association’s annual convention and awards ceremony held April 14 at Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, Mo.

The Montage received 1st place as the Best Overall Newspaper in the 2-year college division, the Sweepstakes award, a 1st place award for Web Page, a 1st place win for its Summer Survival Guide and 23 additional staff and individual awards.

The Montage staff competed against several other two-year school newspapers from across the state including newspapers from the STLCC-Forest Park and the STLCC-Florissant Valley campuses. Entries in the competition were judged for general excellence by members of the Missouri Press Association.

Individual and staff awards received by The Montage staff included 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place wins for editorial writing, investigative reporting, feature and sports photography, information graphics, story illustrations, editorial cartoons, page design and multimedia content. Several honorable mentions were also awarded to staff members.

The Montage has consistently won awards for excellence in student journalism at the state and national levels for many years. Recent awards include national recognition from the Society of Professional Journalists with a Mark of Excellence Award and a Pacemaker award from the Associated Collegiate Press.

In addition to this year’s recognition from the Missouri Press Association, The Montage was named the MCMA Best Overall Newspaper in the two-year school division for 2010-2011, 2006 – 2007, 2005 – 2006, 2004 – 2005, 2003-2004, 2001-2002, 2000-2001 and 1999-2000; MCMA’s annual convention Sweepstakes Award in 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004 and 2002 for most awards won by a single school in one year.

Individual Awards
The 2012 Missouri College Media Association awards won by The Montage staff in the two-year school division:
Best Overall Newspaper – First Place
Sweepstakes Award – First Place
Web Page – First Place
News Writing: First Place, Kurt Oberreither
Editorial Writing: Second Place, Kavahn Mansouri; Third Place, Joe Douglas
Feature Writing: Third Place, Alex Kendall
Investigative Reporting: First Place, Jacob Hight; Third Place, Kurt Oberreither, Spencer Gleason
Feature Photography: First Place, Kelly Glueck
Sports Photography: Second Place, Mike Ziegler
Editorial Cartoon: Second Place, Jacob Hight; Third Place, Cory Montero
Information Graphic: Third Place, Lilly Huxhold
Story Illustration: Third Place, Kelly Glueck, Shane Rice, Jacob Hight
Editorial Section: First Place, Jesse Hofford, Kavahn Mansouri, Mike Ziegler, Kurt Oberreither, Lilly Huxhold, Kait Thomas, Spencer Gleason
Sports Page: First Place, Spencer Gleason, Tomi Storey, Aaron McCall; Third Place, Spencer Gleason, Mike Ziegler, Tyler Burrus, Alex Kendall
Photo Page: Honorable Mention, Kelly Glueck
Feature Page: Second Place, Tomi Storey, Kelly Glueck; Third Place, Kimberly Morice, Kavahn Mansouri, Mike Ziegler, Kelly Glueck, Tyler Burrus; Honorable Mention: Kavahn Mansouri, Kimberly Morice
Special Section: First Place, The Montage staff
Multimedia: First Place, Hans Steinert; Second Place, Mike Ziegler, Kelly Glueck