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SCC Student Newspaper Brings Home 12 State Awards

2015 KIPA awards
Pictured from left to right: newspaper advisor Stuart Simpson, staff member Rachel Rigney, staff member Cora Carter and newspaper advisor Jeff Harris.
Staff members of The Bridge , Somerset Community Colleges student newspaper, captured 12 awards in the recent Kentucky Intercollegiate Press Associations (KIPA) newspaper contest.

Winners were announced Saturday, August 8 at Western Kentucky University (WKU) in Bowling Green, Ky.

SCC students were in competition with undergraduates from various four-year institutions from around the state, including WKU, the University of Louisville, Eastern Kentucky University, Bellarmine University, Kentucky State University and Lindsey Wilson College.

The Bridge was the only community college newspaper to participate in this years contest, which featured submissions published during the 2014-2015 academic year.

Faculty advisors for the newspaper are Jeff Harris and Stuart Simpson. Graphic design advisor is Marlene Larkins.

The staff works hard to put out quality newspapers each semester, Harris said. Im glad to see them rewarded for their efforts, especially in competition against schools with larger staffs and greater resources.

Simpson agreed and said that he hopes this recent success will encourage other students to join the college newspaper staff.

SCC received three first-place awards, four second-place awards, and five third-place awards.

Amanda Patterson, former managing editor of The Bridge, captured five awards. A resident of Laurel County, Patterson won first place for Feature Photo; second place for News Story; and third place for Feature Photo, News Photo and Commentary.

Judges praised Pattersons news story on former Tuskegee Airman William Davis visit to SCC on Feb. 10: The anecdotes included really brought this story to life, especially about Mr. Davis' first time seeing an airplane.

Somerset resident Dominic Rodriguez, a staff member and interim managing editor during the spring semester, took first place for News Photo; second place for Feature Photo; and third place for Photo Essay. Judges took note of the action and color in Rodriguezs photos.

Staff member and Laurel County resident Samantha Couch also received three awards for her work. She was awarded first place for Editorial Cartoon; second place for News Photo; and third place for Comic Strip or Panel. Judges said that Couchs art work shows real talent.

The staff of the paper was also awarded a second place award for Opinion Pages.