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Evangel University student media win state recognitions through Missouri College Media Association

Published on May 3, 2012 by Jennifer Hall

PHOTO CAPTION: Members of Evangel’s student media won numerous awards for excellent 2011 student productions. Pictured here are freshman Sierra Louden, newspaper faculty advisor Melinda Booze, junior Christine Temple, sophomore Jonathan Gracza, sophomore Grace Bayer, freshman Brandon Willis and sophomore Jessica Nunley.

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Evangel student media recently received awards from the 2012 Missouri College Media Association (MCMA) state competition.These contests recognize excellent student media produced during 2011. Professional media members serve as contest judges.


The Excalibur, Evangel’s yearbook, received five MCMA awards as follows:

 First Place awards:

  • Portrait Design, Jaclynne Forsyth, 2011 graduate with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree
  • Feature Photography, Nathaniel McGinnis, sophomore pre-engineering major

Third Place awards:

  • Student Life Design, Samantha Smith, 2011 graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in communication
  • Theme Development, Samantha Smith

Honorable Mention award:

  • Sports Photography, Benjamin Bagwell, 2011 Bachelor of Science degree in advertising and public relations

 Samantha Smith was Excalibur editor. Nancy Pace-Miller, assistant professor of communication, is the faculty adviser.

 The Lance

Evangel’s student newspaper, The Lance, received 21 awards in MCMA’s Division 3 contest as follows:

First Place awards:

  • Sweepstakes
  • News Photography, Christine Temple, junior journalism major
  • Page One Design
  • Photo Page
  • Sports Photography, Jessica Nunley, sophomore journalism major
  • Sports Writing, Sierra Louden, freshman journalism major

Second Place awards:

  • Editorial Cartoon, Lorane (Raini) Way, senior digital arts major
  • Entertainment Cartoon, Lorane (Raini) Way
  • Information Graphic, Christine Temple and Lorane (Raini) Way
  • News Photography, Jessica Nunley
  • Page One Design
  • Regular Column, Jessica Nunley
  • Sports Column, Robert Williams, junior journalism major
  • Sports Photography, Brandon Willis, freshman advertising and public relations major

Third Place awards:

  • Feature Photography, Jessica Nunley
  • Information Graphic, Lorane (Raini) Way
  • Sports Page

Honorable Mention awards:

  • Best Overall Newspaper, Division 3
  • Story Illustration, Raini Way
  • Sports Photography, Brandon Willis
  • Sports Writing, Robert Williams

 Christine Temple, junior, is The Lance editor in chief. Melinda Booze, assistant professor of communication, is the faculty adviser.

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.

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