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Evangel student media win state recognition through Missouri College Media Association

Published on Aug 7, 2013 by Valorie Coleman

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Evangel student media recently received awards from the 2013 Missouri College Media Association (MCMA) state competition.

The contest recognizes excellent student media produced during 2012. Professional media members serve as contest judges.

MCMA is the state organization for student print media and is affiliated with the Missouri Press Association. The Lance and Excalibur are members of MCMA.

“Our student journalists are very deserving of these awards and honors,” said Nancy Pace-Miller, assistant professor of communication and faculty adviser for the Excalibur yearbook. “As advisers, we know the hours, the commitment and the creativity these students put into representing their school.”

The Lance

Evangel’s student newspaper, The Lance, received 16 awards in MCMA’s Division 3 contest. Christine Temple, senior, served as The Lance editor in chief. Melinda Booze, assistant professor of communication, serves as the newspaper faculty adviser.

First Place awards:

  • Regular Column: Jessica Nunley, junior journalism major from Osceola, Ind.
  • Feature Writing: Brena Swanson, junior communication studies major from The Colony, Texas
  • Editorial Cartoon: Lorane “Raini” Way, senior digital arts major from Great Falls, Mont.
  • Page One Design: Christine Temple, senior journalism major from Ozark, Mo.

Second Place awards:

  • Best Overall Newspaper: Division 3
  • In-Depth Reporting: Christine Temple 
  • Sports Photography: Christine Temple 

Third Place awards:

  • Editorial Cartoon: Lorane “Raini” Way 
  • Feature Photography: Brandon Willis, sophomore advertising & public relations major from Gilroy, Calif.
  • Regular Column: Jessica Nunley 

Honorable Mention awards:

  • News Photography: Brandon Willis 
  • Feature Page: Brena Swanson 
  • Sports Page: Sierra Louden, sophomore journalism major from Canaan, Ind.
  • Page One Design: Christine Temple 
  • Page One Design: Sean White, junior journalism and intercultural studies major from Center Moriches, N.Y.
  • News Writing: Christine Temple 


The Excalibur, Evangel’s yearbook, received five MCMA awards. Roman Burleson, senior, was Excalibur editor.

Second Place awards:

  • Student Life Design: Roman Burleson, senior digital arts major from Cooter, Mo.
  • Portrait Design: Roman Burleson 

Third Place awards:

  • Overall Theme Development
  • Sports Photography: Roman Burleson 

Honorable Mention award:

  • Feature Photography: Roman Burleson

For additional information, contact Melinda Booze at (417) 865-2815, ext. 8417.