The Voice Takes Third In State

By Rodney Hill
Staff Writer

 front row, left to right Drew Foote, Ronald Sitton (advisor), Craig Beckerman and Jennifer Lawrence. Back row, left to right, Dylan Cash Miles, Josh Bodiford, Chris Guzman and Clint Blasengame. Not pictured Susan Pruitt and Kelly Reed.Photo by Rodney Hill

The Voice staff. front row, left to right Drew Foote, Ronald Sitton (advisor), Craig Beckerman and Jennifer Lawrence. Back row, left to right, Dylan Cash Miles, Josh Bodiford, Chris Guzman and Clint Blasengame. Not pictured Susan Pruitt and Kelly Reed.  Photo by Rodney Hill

MONTICELLO-The Voice staff represented the University of Arkansas at Monticello well during the 2013 Arkansas College Media Association Media Contest April 26 at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia.

   This year marked the first time for a staff member to win first in state in any category, first time for a staff member to win multiple first place awards and the most awards brought home by The Voice staff.

   Several staff members brought home awards, with Jennifer Lawrence and Susan Pruitt bringing home the most awards with four each. The Voice received third place for website of the year.

   Pruitt received an honorable mention for her article on a meeting or speech entitled “UAM Student Presents Seminar on Stress Management.” Pruitt also received an honorable mention for her breaking news article named “UAM Professor Arrested Twice in One Week.” She took second place for her arts and entertainment review “Self Proclaimed Hippie Put the Blues Back in R&B” and first place for her election/political article “Biden Exposes Ryan’s ‘Malarky’ In Vice-Presidential Debate.”

   Lawrence won an honorable mention for her headline “Weevils Squashed By Bulldogs In Overtime,” while her headline “Cotton Blossoms Wither Under Golden Suns” took first place. She received third place for her opinion/editorial piece “State Legislature Signs 12-Week Abortion Ban” and first place in newswriting for her article “Gun Safety: Preventing Violence On Campus.”

   D.C. Miles received two different awards for his work. His personality profile story headlined “Assistant Professor of Psychology Talks About Her Childhood Struggles and Teaching” earned him third place. So too did his election and political article “Discovering All Political Options While Learning to Avoid Propaganda.”

   Kelly Reed brought home a second place award for her meeting or speech article “Assembly Discusses Converting Phone Lines, Renovations.”  Craig Beckerman’s article “Rodeo Coach Reveals Intricacies of Bull Riding at the Boll Weevil Stampede” received an honorable mention for sports writing. Josh Bodiford received third place for his art/illustration “UAM Wishes You A Merry Christmas And A Happy New Year.”

   “I am quite happy with the turnout,” said Lawrence. “I’m proud of the staff members and how hard we have worked this year. I’m very pleased with The Voice taking third place considering how small our staff is and the fact that we were competing against bigger schools like the U of A and UCA!”

   UAM competed with the University of Arkansas, Arkansas Tech, University of Arkansas at Conway, Harding, Henderson, Southern Arkansas University, Ouachita Baptist University and John Brown University. OBU’s The Signal won second place and UCA’s The Fountain won first.

   The Voice has gradually gotten better each and every year making more improvements to the program. Ronald Sitton described it as the best year the publication has had since he has been here.

To see a complete list of the results, go to http://awww.arkcma.wordpress.com/

Editor’s Note: This article has been updated to reflect AP style.

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