Del Mar College Journalism students came home with 25 awards after attending the Spring 2015 Texas Intercollegiate Press Association convention in San Antonio April 8-11.
“This is our biggest competition of the year where we compete against several four- and two-year schools in the state,” says Scott Beckett, Journalism Lab Assistant with the Communications, Languages and Reading Department. “The College actually competes two divisions higher than our real division because we like the tougher competition. Del Mar is very fortunate to have students who are able to not just compete at that level but also stand out among the crowd.”
Under the leadership of Beckett and Journalism Assistant Professor Robert Muilenburg, Del Mar students vied against others journalism majors from Lamar University, North Texas State University, Richland College, Sam Houston State University, San Antonio College, Stephen F. Austin State University, Tarrant County Community College, Texas Woman’s University, University of Houston, University of Texas-Dallas, University of Texas-El Paso and University of Texas-Pan American.
In addition to the awards, Foghorn Co-Editor-in Chief Vivien Sanchez won a $400 Mike Warms Memorial Community College Scholarship. The late Warms was publications advisor at Trinity Valley Community College who passed away Dec. 24, 1991. Sanchez also received honorable mention and third place for Literary Magazine Feature Story.
Other TIPA award winners from Del Mar include Raul Alonzo, former staffer and now a designer at the Caller-Times as first place recipient for General Column; Beatriz Alvarado, former staffer and now a Caller-Times reporter as honorable mention recipient for Feature Page Design; Miranda Amey, Collegiate High School student and reporter as honorable mention recipient for Poetry; Kaliegh Benck, former Editor-in-Chief who was named Two-year Designer of the Year and third place recipient for Headlines; Tera Elwell, former staffer and recent graduate as Two-Year Photojournalist of the Year, first place recipient for Literary Magazine Photo Essay and honorable
mention recipient for Feature Photo; Meagan Falcon, Web Editor as first place recipient in live TV Advertising competition; Reporter Jonathan Garcia, reporter and honorable mention recipient for Critical Review for his movie review on ‘Robocop;’ Carlos Gonzalez, former staffer and recent graduate as second place recipient for Sports News Story; Kira Hays, Co-Editor-in-Chief as third place recipient for Op/Ed Page Design; Emily Jasso, artist and honorable mention recipient for Editorial Cartoon and Literary Magazine Illustration; Steven Martinez, reporter and third place recipient for News Photo; John Muguerza, reporter and honorable mention recipient for Sports Column; Amber Quaid, former Managing Editor and now a university student as first place recipient for Literary Magazine Feature Photo, honorable mention recipient for Sports News Story and third place recipient for Sports Action Photo; and Victoria Trevino, reporter and second place recipient for Literary Magazine Photo Essay.