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North Lake College Takes Home 12 Awards at Press Convention Campus Newspaper, Creative Magazine Win Honors

IRVING, Texas. 24 April, 2000 - North Lake College's student newspaper, the News-Register, and its literary publication, Duck Soup, were awarded 12 honors - including four first place awards - at this year's Texas Intercollegiate Press Association (TIPA) convention in Waco.

The News-Register garnered seven honors. Editor Eric Callaway received first place in the Feature category for "Hog Heaven," a story about two NLC faculty members who rode their Harleys to Sturgis, S.D., where the Black Hills Rally has been held every year for the last 59 years.

Associate Editor Brandi Tomich received a first place award in the News Feature category for her sensitive story, "HIV/AIDS: It doesn't have to happen to you." NLC art student, Nelly Loera, won second place in the Illustration category for her artwork which accompanied Tomich's story.

Former writer Bryan Pitts won third place for his sports column, and writer Jamie Jeter won second place for her general column. The newspaper staff took third place and honorable mention, respectively, for News Page Design and Sports Page Design.

Duck Soup, the college's magazine of creative expression, took home 5 awards, including second place in the Best Overall category. Photographer Margarita Garza won first place for her feature photo, "Exploration." Jessica Yager took first place for her informational graphic, "Open," and Hyuh Lee won second place in the same category for her computer graphic "Fantasy Dragon," which graced the cover of the magazine. D. Scott Curry won honorable mention for his poem, "In Autumn's Dreams."

The Liberal Arts Division at North Lake publishes both publications. The News-Register is under the direction of Dean Rene Castilla. Kathleen Stockmier, a former newspaper writer, is the department's Student Publications Coordinator. Duck Soup's faculty advisors are Dr. D'Ann Madewell and Dr. Nancy Castilla.

The TIPA convention is held every year at a different location. This year's host was Baylor University, where more than 50 two- and four-year colleges from across Texas competed for prizes and attended workshops April 13-15. Award categories included radio, television, newspaper, yearbook and literary publication.

North Lake College is a member of the Dallas County Community College District.