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Campus news: Programming contest awards; students honored in SPJ competition

Here is a listing of recent news from WKU programs:

Computer Science: Department hosts programming contests

The Department of Computer Science at WKU held the annual High School Programming Contest on April 19 and the Gatton Academy Programming Contest on April 24. The contests are sponsored by the Department of Computer Science, Ogden College of Science and Engineering, and WKU.

Seven teams from four high schools in Kentucky participated in the contest. The schools were Barren County High School, Bowling Green High School, Nelson County High School and Warren Central High School. Each team consisted of up to three students.

The first-, second- and third-place teams in the high school contest were Nelson County, Warren Central and Barren County, respectively. Each member of the first-place winning team (Chandler Young and Aaron Brown) from Nelson County received a $1,000 scholarship.

Three teams (each with up to three students) from the Gatton Academy participated in the Gatton contest. Each member of the first-place winning team (Sam Dong and Akhil Ghanta) received a $1,000 scholarship.

Contact: Dr. Rong Yang, rong.yang@wku.edu or (270) 745-2940.

School of Journalism & Broadcasting: Students honored in SPJ contest

WKU student journalists and broadcasters have received awards in the Society of Professional Journalists’ 2012 Mark of Excellence Awards in Region 5.

SPJ’s Region 5 comprises Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky. Honorees received award certificates the weekend of April 26 at the Regions 5 & 7 Spring Conference in St. Louis. First-place winners will move on to the national Mark of Excellence competition among category winners from the 12 SPJ regions.

WKU award-winners from NewsChannel 12 and the College Heights Herald include the following:

  • T.J. Parker, a senior from Glen Ellyn, Ill., first place in Television General News Reporting and second place in Television Feature Reporting
  • Laura Beranek, a senior from Ashland, Neb., third place in Television Sports Reporting
  • Seth Fischer, a freshman from Louisville, third place in Breaking News Photography.
  • Jeff Brown, a junior from Tucson, Ariz., first place in Sports Photography
  • Jabin Botsford, a senior from Knoxville, Tenn.,  second and third place in Sports Photography
  • Cole Claybourn, a 2012 graduate from Evansville, Ind., second place in Online Sports Reporting
  • wkuherald.com, third place in Best Affiliated Website

Contact: School of Journalism & Broadcasting, (270) 745-4144.

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