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Texas A&M-Kingsville students, The South Texan Win 27 Awards at Texas Intercollegiate Press Association Competition

KINGSVILLE - April 21, 2009

Contact: Jason Marton
jason.marton@tamuk.edu or 361.593.4143

University students win 27 total  awards, third place in overall excellence

By Dr. Manuel C. Flores
communications and theatre arts department chair and The South Texan adviser

The South Texan newspaper and several Texas A&M University-Kingsville communications students won 27 awards and received third place in overall excellence  in the student newspaper category at the 2009 Texas Intercollegiate Press Association (TIPA) competition in Dallas, April 9-11.

“These awards show that our students are competitive with the best collegiate journalism programs in Texas and that they are ready to continue their journalism careers at the next level,” said Dr. Manuel Flores, communications and theatre arts department chair and The South Texan adviser.

Texas A&M-Kingsville students ranked higher than any other school in the Texas A&M University System.

The competition features both live events, in which students from the more than 60 TIPA member schools compete against each other in timed, on-site contests, and previously published/broadcast events, in which work done over the last year is submitted and judged.

Juan Carlos Reyes, editor of The South Texan, and Jaime O. Gonzalez, managing editor of The South Texan, both placed in the live contest portion.

In total, students took home six first place awards, including recognition for Spanish news and feature writing, news photo, sports feature photo and general column. 

Senior journalism major and The South Texan features editor Angela Palacios also received a $400 TIPA scholarship.

Started in 1909, TIPA is the oldest collegiate student press association in the nation.

Texas A&M University-Kingsville is classified as a TIPA Division 3 school. Some of the other schools in their division include Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, Tarleton State, Texas A&M University-Commerce, West Texas A&M University, Midwestern State, Angelo State, Kilgore College, Texas Wesleyan, Trinity University, Sul Ross State University and the University of Dallas.

            The complete award list is as follows:

<pre> Live Events:

Juan Carlos Reyes          1st               Radio Sports Writing
Juan Carlos Reyes          2nd               TV Sports Writing
Jaime Gonzalez             2nd               Print Sports Writing

Previously Published Events:
Student/Group              Place            Contest
Edwin Vasquez              1st               Spanish News
Edwin Vasquez              2nd              Spanish Feature
Mary Beth Cleavelin        1st               News Photo
Keiona Ausbie              1st               Sports Feature Photo
Jaime Gonzalez             1st               News Story
Jaime Gonzalez             3rd               Sports Column
Jaime Gonzalez            Honorable Mention Online Breaking News
Kristie Vela               1st               General Column
Roberta Flores             1st               Feature Page Design
Angela Palacios            3rd               Opinion Page Design
Juan Carlos Reyes          3rd               Headline Writing
Jeremy Martinez            2nd               Editorial Cartoon
Jeremy Martinez            3rd               Ad Design
Patrick Desmond            Honorable Mention Photo Illustration
Javier Quintanilla         3rd               General Magazine Column
Ernest Palacios            3rd               Illustration
Ernest Palacios            3rd               Infographic
Rubi Reyes                 Honorable Mention Online Breaking News           
Rubi Reyes                 Honorable Mention In-Depth Reporting
Dominique Garcia           Honorable Mention Page One Design
South Texan staff          3rd               Special Edition
South Texan staff          3rd               Overall Excellence
Stephen Yates              Honorable Mention TV Production
Joe Trevino, Rick Saenz,   2nd               Spot Commercial
Oseas Vela, Heraclio
Gonzalez, Veronica Arrellano

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