The student newspaper at Illinois Valley Community College, IV Leader, was awarded the Mike Foster Award for General Excellence for the second consecutive year.
The award is the highest presented at the Illinois Community College Journalism Association annual spring conference.
“Wow. Tons of local content relevant to your campus,” the judges commented. “All of it was interesting. Paper is well-designed. Great job.”
Sophomore Martha Hoffman, of Earlville, serves as editor-in-chief for IV Leader. She's also a member of The Times Write Team.
Student newspapers from across the state can earn recognition at the conference hosted this year by Lincoln Land Community College in Springfield. Some contest categories are based on enrollment while others are open to all newspapers.
In addition to winning first place for general excellence in Division II, IV Leader won first place for news story for its coverage of the tornado that hit Naplate and Ottawa.
“Nice job covering a major news event,” the judge said. “Your coverage was thorough and compelling.”
In the open division, IV Leader received awards for multimedia story, reporter of the year and graphics.
Award winners, by hometown, included:
Arlington: Aelsa Butler, first place in news column.
Earlville: Martha Hoffman, honorable mention in feature writing.
La Salle: Stephanie Bias, honorable mention in the open division for reporter of the year; Aaron Pellican, honorable mention in the open division for multimedia story.
Marseilles: Summer Hoagland-Abernathy, second place in arts review.
Oglesby: Bethany Black, second place in sports feature; Josh Rinehart, first place in arts review.
Ottawa: Peggy Schneider, second place in the open division for graphics.
Peru: Brittany Marx, first place in arts review; Kellsie Edgcomb, first place in headline writing; Akari Oya, first place in sports photo; Tyler Towne, honorable mention in multimedia story, third place in headline writing, first place in page design, third place in sports news, and third place in sports feature.
Utica: Kyle Russell, first and second place in feature photo, first and third place in news photo.
Lori Cinotte, journalism instructor, is faculty adviser for the paper.