Midland College Student Publications
Midland College students earned 16 awards at the annual Texas Intercolliegate Press Association (TIPA) convention held March 29-31 in Corpus Christi, Texas. Also, current El Paisano editor, Ernesto Macias, was elected co-secretary of the state organization.
MC student Sarah Cotton, current El Paisano page editor, won an honorable mention in one of the "live" contests ― On-Site: PR Crisis Management ― held during the convention. MC students compete against hundreds of students from large Texas schools such as Texas Tech, UT Austin and Texas A&M as well as schools that have a similar enrollment as MC.
The other 15 awards were from the “canned” competition. Entries in the “canned” competition included work published January - December 2011.
"Journalism students did extraordinarily well at the TIPA convention, especially with one winning a very rare on-site or live competition award and other students earning 15 previously published awards," said Bob Templeton, MC Allison Chair of Journalism.
"I am extremely proud of these students, who were led by our newspaper editor Ernesto Macias, who was the first-ever Midland College student elected as a statewide TIPA officer (co-secretary). It was a long drive, but the students were really excited about the Corpus Christ Bay and Gulf water since West Texas has the beach but no water," Templeton said.
In the newspaper division of the canned competition, Rachel Ritchie, former editor of El Paisano, won first place in editorial for her piece on handguns from the Feb. 25, 2011 edition. Ritchie also won an honorable mention for the news feature story on printmaking that was in the April 15, 2011 edition.
Colter Bostick won second place in sports action photo for his photograph of Brittany Serrano, MC volleyball player, that appeared in the Sept. 23, 2011 edition. Bostick also won honorable mentions for his sports feature story about an MC baseball catching a homerun ball during a Texas Rangers' game and one for his sports news story, "Headed for Hutch."
The El Paisano staff won a third place for sports page design for the volleyball page that was in the Sept. 23, 2011 paper. The staff also won an honorable mention for op/ed page design of the Nov. 18, 2011 commentary page.
Susanna Karth won an honorable mention for her picture story about the circus that appeared in the March 9, 2011 paper.
Karen Juarez won honorable mention for her feature photo of a boy jumping at the annual science extravaganza on campus.
Kourtney Kelley won honorable mention for her news photo titled "Where in the world in Mike Makowsky?"
Stephani Garcia won an honorable mention for her critical review of the Dierks Bentley concert held in Midland in September 2011.
Two English students won awards in the literary magazine competition. Ebbony McLaughlin, won third place in essay for her piece, "The Black Reformation: An Awakening for the African-American Youth."
Michael Cain won third place in short story for "The Hunt."
Two students also won awards in the general magazine competition. Chris Henkel won honorable mention for his photograph of a tribal mask that appeared in the Chaparral 2011 magazine.
Brian Flanders won an honorable mention for the feature story about a student who "found her calling" in Uganda.
“It’s good for our students to compete in live competition against larger schools who publish more often than we do,” said Karen Lanier, student publications lab instructor. “Seeing the competition in action pushes our students to work a little harder honing their journalism skills.”
MC students who attended with Templeton and competed in live competition were: Cotton, Hailey Hopkins, Kelley and Macias.
"All the students and I thank Karen Lanier for her contributions to their success," Templeton said.
MC journalism students publish 11 or 12 El Paisano newspapers per school year along with the Tableau creative writing magazine each fall and the Chaparral news/feature magazine each spring.