Vantage takes home 32 awards at all-state conference

THE VANTAGE STAFF attended the annual Kansas Collegiate Media conference Sunday and Monday and came home with 32 awards. Denise Neil, Advisor

The Vantage staff brought home 32 awards from the Kansas Collegiate Media conference this weekend, an annual conference held for collegiate journalists across the state.

The conference, which was held Sunday and Monday in downtown Wichita at the Drury Inn, hosts collegiate journalists from junior colleges like Butler County Community College up to large public four-year universities like Kansas State University. 

The weekend consists of multiple breakout sessions where student journalists can hear from professionals in their career field and hone their skills. 

Vantage advisor Denise Neil, who was the conference’s keynote speaker Sunday, said it’s been an interesting year for news at Newman.

“I’ve been impressed by the skill the Vantage staff has shown in gathering records and sources to try to explain what’s happening to the Newman community,” Neil said.

During the KCM conference, a range of awards are given out each year to recognize student journalists across the state.

The Vantage staff took home five first place awards, six second place awards, six third place awards and 15 honorable mention awards.

“I’m never surprised to hear The Vantage’s name called for an award,” Neil said. “I knew we had a strong body of work this year and that we had a decent chance to sweep several categories.”

Senior Editor-In-Chief Delaney Hiegert took home 17 awards and earned an honorable mention in the on-site copy editing contest. She also earned an honorable mention Journalist of the Year award, which comes with a $50 prize.

Former Photo Editor Amy Emerson received five photography awards. Former Sports Editor Taylor Mannis and current A&E Editor Ariana Esparza each earned two awards apiece.

Other members of the staff that brought home KCM awards were Managing Editor Courtney Klaus, Sports Editor Kevin Clack, former News Editor Lauren Rust and former staff writer Matthew Green.

“It’s been an exceptional year for Editor-In-Chief Delaney Hiegert, whose skills make her ready to step in to any professional news organization,” Neil said. “I was worried about losing her, but as the year has progressed, other students have grown into their own talents. We’ll be in good hands next year under the leadership of Courtney Klaus.”

This story first appeared in the April 12, 2018 issue of The Vantage.

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