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HCCs Highland Chronicle Wins State Awards
4/28/2009

FREEPORT Staff members of Highland Community Colleges student newspaper, The Highland Chronicle, earned five Excellence Awards from the Illinois Community College Journalism Association last month. The ICCJA is the official not-for-profit educational organization of 22 community colleges that promotes and supports community college journalism in the State of Illinois. The Chronicle won recognition in the categories of Computer Graphics, Advertising Design, Website Design, Arts Coverage, and Sports News.

Marques Webster, who serves as Editor, Lead Designer and Web Designer, earned the most awards with a First Place for Computer Graphics, Second Place for Advertising Design, and Third Place for his work on the Highland Chronicle Website. Cody Cutter received Honorable Mention in sports coverage for his story, Young But Determined: Highland Volleyball Sets Eyes On Conference Title, and Jordan Underhill brought in an Honorable Mention in the Arts category for his story entitled New Classics, an analysis of modern-day classical composers.

Im glad we entered this competition, said Sam Tucibat, the Chronicles Faculty Advisor. I knew this group had exceptional talent, and these awards confirm that. Our newspaper went up against some of the finest in the state, and our students have proven they rank with the best. Tucibat had special praise for Cody Cutter, Copy Editor, who spent many hours choosing clips and preparing submission forms for the contest.

Judges for this years competition were staff members of the Eastern Illinois University Journalism Department, the Decatur Herald & Review, The Springfield State Journal Register, the Times of Northwest Indiana and the Robinson Daily News.

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