Student publications rack up 53 awards


The Flare student-produced newspaper and magazine recently received 53 state and national awards from contests in the Texas Community College Journalism Association and Columbia Scholastic Press Association.

The KC newspaper won sweepstakes for the 22nd time in the last 24 years at the TCCJA convention in Dallas last week.  The Flare Magazine in its third year of publication also won its third sweepstakes in TCCJA competition.

The Flare received 20 awards, including first place in Newspaper Division II for overall general excellence.

Newspaper contest materials were submitted from the 2011-2012 school year when Kasi Dickerson was the executive editor and Ashton Johnson was the managing editor.

The Flare Magazine earned 10 awards. Magazine contest materials were submitted from the spring publication when Dickerson and Elizabeth Wisdom were co-editors.

Seven students represented KC at the TCCJA convention in Dallas where they competed in live contests, including news writing, editorial writing, page design and news photography.

Ashton Johnson placed first in page design and honorable mention in editorial writing.

Bettye Craddock is the adviser for The Flare and O. Rufus Lovett is the photography adviser.

TCCJA Awards

Randi Vinson-Davis (Henderson) – 1st place in magazine layout and design and 3rd place in news photo

Kasi Dickerson (Van) – 1st place in layout and design, 2nd place in in-depth/ investigative, 2nd in  feature writing, 2nd in magazine journalism story, 2nd in magazine layout and design, 3rd in feature writing and honorable mention in news writing and honorable mention in layout and design

Brandy Eubanks (Longview) – 3rd place in sports action photo

Betsy Foreman (Longview) – 3rd place in advertising (single ad)

Ashley Forrestier (Kilgore) – 1st place in non-photo illustration for magazine, 2nd place in cartoon and honorable mention in non-photo illustration for magazine

Kelly Gillit (Gladewater) – 1st place in advertising (single ad)

Daniel Guy (Longview) – 1st place in non-journalism story for magazine and honorable mention in column writing

Katie Kuykendall (Tatum) – 3rd place in feature writing

Ashton Johnson (Kilgore) – honorable mention in layout and design and journalism story for the magazine

Heather Sims  (Kilgore) – 2nd place in sports action photo

Jessica Stovall (Lufkin) – 1st place and honorable mention in sports feature

Elizabeth Wisdom (Van) – 3rd place in magazine photography

Flare Staff – 1st place in headline writing and 2nd place in editorial writing

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