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News at Brookhaven College

For Release April 16

DALLAS –The Texas Intercollegiate Press Association recognized the Brookhaven Courier and Brookhaven College’s journalism students with 20 awards at the TIPA conference this year. The editorial staff of the Courier, Shreeya Rana, editor; Praveen Sathianathan, managing editor; Chris Vivero, photo editor; Nadia Galindo, layout editor; and Scott Figuerola, copy editor attended the San Antonio conference.

Staff members won four first-, seven second- and two third-place awards along with eight honorable mentions. In addition to the awards, Shreeya Rana, Courier editor, received a $400 scholarship and Nadia Galindo was elected secretary of the TIPA student association. Shreeya Rana won first place awards for news story and overall excellence as editor. Adam Asmar, photographer, was recognized with a first place for news photo.

Second Place Awards:
* Photo Illustration, Jeff Barnett, “Illegal Immigration”
* Feature Photo, Chris Vivero, “Nick-n-Willy’s”
* Critical Review, Amanda Merrill, “Helen Keller”
* Sports Column, Scott Figuerola, “Cowboys”
* Illustration, non-photo, Miles Becken, “Global Warming”
* Special Section/Edition, Chris Vivero and Nadia Galindo, “Your health”
* Picture Story, Christine Kurtz, Stephen Hernandez, Sarah Warnock, “American Dream”

Third Place Awards:
* Sports Feature Photo, Jose Rodriguez, “Yoga”
* News Feature Story, John Aaron Seidner, “Kinky Friedman”

Honorable Mentions:
* Sports Page Design, Nadia Galindo, Issue 6
* Page One Design, Nadia Galindo, Issue 6
* Ad Design, Christine Kurtz, “Cash for Books”
* Critical Review, Lakisha Hughes, “Rootin tootin”
* Editorial Cartoon, Jonathan Upchurch, “Chene”
* Onsite Contest, News Photo, Chris Vivero”
* General Column, Lakisha Hughes, “Searching for Family”
* Sports Column, Branham Cone, “Media scrutinizes”

The Courier is an award-winning publication that has been in existence since the college opened in 1978. For more information about the Brookhaven Courier and the journalism program at Brookhaven College, contact Larie Engles, journalism professor and Courier advisor, at 972-860-7160.




Editor's note: for interviews, photo opportunities and media support, please contact Meridith Danforth, assistant director for marketing and public information, 972-860-4823, or the Marketing and Public Information Office, 972-860-4700, main number, After hours, please call the college Police Department and ask them to contact the media liaison on duty. To receive news updates via e-mail from Brookhaven College, please send an e-mail to with your name and e-mail address for text-only news items.

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