Campus / News / March 2, 2016

TKS brings home record-breaking awards

The Knox Student brought home 19 awards from the Illinois Collegiate Press Association last week — more than ever before.

The awards were given out at the Doubletree in Chicago Feb. 20, 2016 where TKS competed with other schools with non-daily newspapers with a circulation under 4,000. Two of the awards received this year, though, were open categories — open to the entire state.

Junior and graphic designer Donna Boguslavsky received first place for her graphic design in one of the open categories. This is her first year working for TKS.

“It was such a shock and an honor,” Boguslvaky said. “I never expected to receive any award for the work I did here at TKS, but now that I have it has completely changed how I view graphic design and journalism.”

Senior and co-sports editor Sam Watkins won three awards from ICPA, one of which she shared with her co-editor senior Gavin Crowell. It’s also her first year as an editor for TKS.

“I didn’t even expect to win anything. I was just going for fun,” she said.

For editor-in-chief Casey Mendoza, the amount of awards reflects a wide array of talent on staff. Mendoza brought four awards home.

“Before we used to get a lot of awards for our stories which was impressive but this year we got more for design which is important, having a more well-rounded newspaper,” she said.


OPEN CATEGORY (All Daily and Non-Daily Newspapers)

Casey Mendoza and Julia Mondschean: 1st Place Multimedia Reporting

Donna Boguslavsky: 1st Place Graphic Illustration


NON-DAILY DIVISION (less than 4,000 student enrollment)

Lizzie Wisdom: 1st Place General News Photo

Casey Mendoza: 1st Place Feature Photo

Nadia Spock: 1st Place Headline Writing

Nadia Spock, Casey Mendoza, Liz Clay: 1st Place Feature Page Design

Rachel Landman: 1st Place In-Depth Reporting

Gavin Crowell: 1st Place Sports Feature Story

Gavin Crowell: 1st Place: Sports Game Story

Kiannah Sepeda-Miller and Rachel Landman: 1st Place News Story

Julia Mondschean: 2nd Place In-Depth Reporting

Carly Taylor and Nadia Spock: 2nd Place News Story

Sam Watkins: 2nd Place Sports Feature Story

Kate Mishkin: 2nd Place Feature Story

Gavin Crowell and Sam Watkins: 3rd Place Sports Page Design

Sam Watkins: 3rd Place Sports News Story

Nadia Spock, Casey Mendoza, Liz Clay: 3rd Place Feature Page Design

Carly Taylor: 3rd Place Spot News Photo

Kate Mishkin: 3rd Place Feature Story

TKS Staff

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