Staff, former students win seven awards

Current and former staff members of the Plainsman Press recently received seven awards from the Texas Community College Journalism Association.

The winners of the awards, for material published during the fall 2018 and spring 2019 semesters, were announced during the annual TCCJA fall conference, which was held at Baylor University in Waco.

Kendall Rainer, a sophomore general studies major from Georgetown, placed first in the category of Sports News for his story on the Lady Texans and their run at the NJCAA National Tournament.

The current associate editor and sports editor of the Plainsman Press, who is graduating from SPC and will continue his education at Texas Tech University in January, also placed third in the same category for his story on the Lady Texans capturing a share of the Western Junior College Athletic Conference championship.

Victoria de Souza , a sophomore public relations major from Brazil, placed second in Column Writing for her column on speaking with a foreign accent. She also placed third in the category of Critical Review for her review of the movie, “The Act.”

Autumn Bippert, a sophomore photojournalism major from Georgetown who also is graduating from SPC and will continue her education at Texas Tech, received an Honorable Mention award for her review of the book, “Dry.”

Also, Kaitlyn Hyde, a sophomore photojournalism major from Houston, placed first in the category of Sports Action Photo for her photo of a member of the men’s rodeo team practicing.

MaKayla Kneisley, a print journalism major from Abernathy now attending Texas Tech, placed third in the category of Environmental Portrait for her photo of an aerial aerobics class in Lubbock.

Members of the Plainsman Press staff have won 122 awards in the TCCJA competition since 2005.