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Creative Writing, Journalism and Art Students at North Lake College Bring Home State Awards

April 2, 2002 (Irving, Texas) - Duck Soup, North Lake College's magazine of creative expression, and the News-Register, the school's campus newspaper, garnered 26 awards at the 2002 Texas Intercollegiate Press Association convention in Fort Worth, Texas, on March 28-30. For the second consecutive year, Duck Soup won the Sweepstakes Award, the highest award in the literary magazine division, and was voted the Best Overall Magazine.

More than 500 students from 45 two-year and four-year colleges around the state attended the three-day event co-sponsored by the University of Texas at Arlington and the University of North Texas. In addition to the awards banquet, members competed in live contests, and attended workshops and a job fair.

Duck Soup, an annual publication includes poetry, essays, short stories, photography, computer graphics, and artwork of North Lake College students. Twenty individual awards were given for Duck Soup entries: 7 first place awards, 5 second place awards, 5 third place awards, and 4 honorable mentions.

"There are many who share this award," said Dr. D'Ann Madewell, faculty advisor for Duck Soup. " It's a collaborative effort among students and faculty in the departments of art, photography, computer graphics, creative writing and English.

"It's proof of what a college can do when it pools all its creative resources," she said.

The following is a list of the winners:

  • Sweepstakes - Duck Soup
  • First Place - Overall, Duck Soup
  • First Place - Poem, "Da-Nang Market," Matt Vest
  • First Place - Short Story, "Two Beers and a Finger," D. Scott Curry
  • First Place - Information Graphic, "Elements," Josh Marshall
  • First Place - Feature Photo, Color, "Inspirado por Siqueros, " Pedro Gallegos Enriquez
  • First Place - Cover Design, Pedro Gallegos Enriquez
  • First Place - Feature Story, "Barnacle Ed: the Loser," Jim Middlebrook
  • Second Place - Illustration, "Self-Portrait," Vinh T. Le
  • Second Place - Feature Color Photo, "Door," Mervin David Turner
  • Second Place - Picture Essay, Cory Cox
  • Second Place - Action Photo, "Water Boy," Dan Tossing
  • Second Place - Information Graphic, "Missing You," Mark Dungan
  • Third Place - Poem, "The Locusts," Samia Hamed
  • Third Place - Picture Essay, Mark Dungan
  • Third Place - Feature Story, "The Calm," Georgia Woodward
  • Third Place - Essay, "The Pleasures of Maturing," Deidra Bowman
  • Third Place - Short Story, "Little Things," Matt Vest
  • Honorable Mention - Feature Photo, "Monster Feet," Torrie Chavez
  • Honorable Mention - Story Package, "Perfect Peace," Georgia Woodward
  • Honorable Mention - Essay, "Duty, Honor, Country," Chris Thallemer
  • Honorable Mention - Story Package, Jim Middlebrook
The college's campus newspaper, the News-Register, won four awards in its division. J.E. Warren won second place for his critical review of the feature film "Waking Life," and Donell Williams took third place for her sports feature "Gentle Giant," about the late Neil Johnston who was North Lake College's first basketball coach in 1976.

Eric Callaway won two honorable mentions - one for his feature story about plagiarism and another for a front-page feature photo of students intensely watching a campus television on the morning of September 11, 2001.

The next competition for North Lake College will come in the fall, when Midland College hosts the Texas Community College Journalism Association (TCCJA) convention for two-year colleges in Texas. Next year's TIPA convention will be hosted by Del Mar College and Southwest Texas State University and will be held in Corpus Christi, Texas.

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.