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North Lake College's Literary Publication and Newspaper wins 14 Awards

April 23, 2001 (Irving, Texas) - North Lake College's literary publication, Duck Soup, and its campus newspaper, the News-Register, garnered 14 awards at the 2001 Texas Intercollegiate Press Association (TIPA) convention in Wichita Falls, Texas, on April 19-20.

Sponsored by Midwestern State University, the annual convention welcomed 67 two-year and four-year colleges from around the state. In addition to the awards banquet, members competed in live contests, and attended workshops and a job fair.

Duck Soup, which includes poetry, essays, photography, computer graphics and artwork of North Lake students, took the Sweepstakes Award, the highest honor given to a literary magazine. The magazine won first place in the Overall category and individual students won awards in eight other areas.

Photography student Christina Barba won first place for her Color Feature photo; To-Nu Nguyen took second place in the Essay category for "My Mother's Faith"; Brandon Pace won second in Feature Photo for his entry, "Untitled"; Iram Mian took third for his feature, "Motherland"; Victoria Barrientes won honorable mention for her poem, "La Luz"; Fannie Brito-Martinez won honorable mention for her illustration "Tentacion"; Candy Mikos took honorable mention for her feature, "Obituary"; and Kenneth Rogers took home an honorable mention for his poem "My Dark Secret."

"What's nice about these awards is that they represent so many areas of our college - from the art department to the photography department to creative writing and English," said Duck Soup advisor, Dr. D'Ann Madewell, "There are so many people who share in these successes."

The News-Register, the college's award-winning newspaper, won five awards in its division. Marty Taylor won first place for his headline, "A Boy Named Su," a feature story about martial arts student, John Su. Matt Jewell won honorable mention for his front-page action photo of Su.

Nabeel Jaitapker won second place for his picture story, "Dr. Dave's Carwash," a series of photos of NLC's president, Dr. David England, washing a car for charity.

Eric Callaway won second place for his column, "A Look Ahead," and Dan Tossing won honorable mention for his news photo, "Weather's Wrath," a photo of the college's natatorium roof that collapsed into the pool after a bad thunderstorm last year.

"The competition this year was tough," said Kathleen Stockmier, student publications coordinator for the News-Register. "Schools bring bundles of their papers to share with other TIPA members, and this year they all looked awesome!"

The next competition for North Lake's newspaper and literary magazine will be in October, when Kilgore College will host the Texas Community College Journalism Association (TCCJA) convention.

North Lake College is part of the Dallas County Community College District. Educational opportunities are offered by the Dallas County Community College District without regard to race, color, age, national origin, religion, gender or disability.