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Awards presented at WKU’s 32nd annual Mark of Excellence competition

WKU’s Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and the School of Journalism & Broadcasting hosted the 32nd annual Mark of Excellence Newspaper, Broadcasting and Online awards ceremony March 23 at the Mass Media and Technology Hall Auditorium. More than 100 Kentucky high school journalists from 11 high schools attended the event.

Award-winning photojournalist Nathan Morgan inspired those in attendance to look for storytelling opportunities within the walls of their own high school. His work has been recognized by POYi, the National Press Photographers Association and the Associated Press. Within his first six months at the Midland Daily News, Morgan was named the 2008 Michigan Press Photographer’s Association Photographer of the Year, and by his second year at the paper he was promoted to photo editor. Morgan is a graduate of WKU and the School of Journalism & Broadcasting.

Twelve Kentucky high school newspapers, eight broadcasting programs and three online news outlets from across the state entered the 2012 competition, with a total of more than 200 entries in 24 categories. Schools were judged in two divisions based on student enrollment.

Best overall high school newspaper awards went to Bowling Green in Class AAA and Daviess County in Class AAAA. The best overall broadcast awards went to Oldham County in Class AA/AAAA. The best high school news website in Class AAAA went to duPont Manual.

The most valuable newspaper staff member awards were presented to Cesarina Rounce of Bowling Green in Class AAA and Kaely Holloway of Daviess County in Class AAAA. The most valuable broadcast team member award (overall for all classes) was presented to Chad Kantlehner of Fern Creek Traditional High School. The most valuable yearbook staff member award was presented to Nathaniel Yates of North Hardin.

Awards list: Results from 32nd Mark of Excellence contest

Contact: Katie Clark, (270) 745-3055.

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