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Montage Earns Top Honors at MCMA Convention

April 12, 2018

Montage staff members  
Montage staff members are, front row from left, Mary Wilson, Victoria Williams, Amanda Harris and Stephen Buechter; and back row, from left, Will Murry, Noah Sliney, Melissa Wilkinson, Jordan Harris and Syed Ali.

The Montage, the student newspaper at St. Louis Community College-Meramec, was recently recognized as the Best Overall Two-Year College Newspaper at the Missouri College Media Association’s annual convention and awards ceremony.

In addition to the first-place award as the Best Overall Newspaper in the two-year college division, the Montage also captured first place for its website, first place for its Editorial Section, and second place for its Back-to-School Magazine. Staff and individuals also claimed 22 more 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 winners were:

News Writing – Katie Hayes, Honorable Mention
Editorial Writing – Mary Wilson, First Place; Katie Hayes, Second Place
Feature Writing – Dalila Kahvedzic, Honorable Mention
In-Depth Reporting – Melissa Wilkinson, Tania Robin and Stephen Buechter, Honorable Mention
News Photography – Erik Muchinske, Honorable Mention
Feature Photography – Amanda Harris, Second Place and Honorable Mention
Sports Photography – Ashley Biundo, First Place; Amanda Harris, Second Place
Non-Political Editorial Cartoon – Noah Sliney, Third Place
Information Graphic – Melissa Wilkinson and Noah Sliney, First Place
Story Illustration – Amanda Harris, First Place; Noah Sliney, Second Place
Page One Design – Katie Hayes and Jordan Morris, First Place; Melissa Wilkinson, Jordan Morris and Noah Sliney, Second Place
Sports Page – Madison Bouse and Ashley Biundo, Second Place
Photo Page – Will Murry, Honorable Mention
Feature Page – Melissa Wilkinson and Amanda Harris, Honorable Mention
Video – Marie Schwarz, First Place; Erik Muchinske, Second Place
 
In addition to this year’s recognition, the Montage has been named the MCMA Best Overall Newspaper in the two-year school division 10 times. It also has captured the Sweepstakes Award 12 times.

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