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
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.