Kilgore College newspaper wins 24th press association contest in 28 years

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KILGORE (KYTX) - The Flare, the student newspaper at Kilgore College, won top honors in the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association competition.

The awards were announced at the annual convention last weekend in San Antonio.

For the 24th time in 28 years, The Flare won sweepstakes for garnering the most points in its division.

The weekly newspaper won first place for overall excellence as well. Other first place awards were for headline writing, photo illustration, sports page design, news feature story, special section, news photo, opinion/editorial page design, information graphic and feature page design.

"I am very proud of our staff for these awards, but more importantly for their hard work and dedication in helping make The Flare as good a newspaper as possible," said Gary Borders, adviser.

In all, the newspaper received 26 awards at TIPA. In addition, Sonia Garza, Tatum sophomore, was named Photojournalist of the Year in Division 2, marking the third year in a row the award has been won by a Kilgore College photography student.

The Ranger yearbook also won a number of awards, including honorable mention in overall excellence in a division competing with a number of Texas universities.

The Ranger won first place for adademic photo and sports feature photo, and 17 awards in all.

Borders and O. Rufus Lovett serve as co-advisers of the yearbook.

The Flare magazine also received an honorable mention for overall excellence and four awards in all.

Newspaper contest:


Anup Bhandari — First place, news photo
Sheniece Chappell — First place, information graphic
Cody Davis — Honorable mention, editorial cartoon
Kristopher Dobbins — First place, photo illustration; honorable mention, picture story
Gabe Espinosa — Third place, picture story
Sonia Garza — Honorable mention, ad design; Photojournalist of the Year
Kelly Gillit — Second place, illustration; third place, editorial cartoon
Cara Herbert — Third place, picture story
Sara Holmes — Third place, photo illustration
Ashton Johnson — First place, special section/edition; second place, page one design; first place, page one design
Lauren LaBouyteaux — Third place, picture story
Miles Marable III — Second place, sports feature story
Maegan Mitchell — First place, headline writing; second place, feature story
Ashley Morales — Second place, editorial; second place, opinion/editorial page design; second place, feature page design
Jordan Moss — First place, sports page design; second place, sports news story; first place, information graphic
Brittani Pfau — First place, news feature story; first place, special section/edition; honorable mention, in-depth reporting; second place, page one design; third place, single subject design
Keira Phipps — Second place, information graphic
Jonathan Ruesch — First place, opinion/editorial page design
Randi Vinson-Davis — Third place, picture story; honorable mention, picture story
The Flare — Overall Excellence award


Yearbook contest:


Anup Bhandari — Second place, photo story
Shelbi Crews — First place, academic photo; second place, people spread
Kristopher Dobbins — First Place, sports feature photo; second place, feature/student life
Gabriel Espinosa — Second place, feature/student life
Sonia Garza — Second place, photo story; honorable mention, sports
Cara Herbert — Honorable mention, sports
Kim Hill — honorable mention, sports action photo
Alison Hughes — Second place, photo story; honorable mention, sports; third place, end sheets; third place, cover design
Brittany Pfau — Second place, information graphic
April Procell — Second place, feature/student life
Jonathan Reusch — Second place, photo story
Randi Vinson-Davis — Second place, feature/student life; third place, feature photo
The Ranger Yearbook — Honorable mention, overall excellence


Magazine contest:


Lauren LaBoyteaux — Second place, feature photo
Ashton Johnson — Honorable mention, news feature story
Randi Vinson-Davis — Second place, picture story
The Flare Magazine — Honorable mention, overall excellence


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