BEAUMONT — University Press staffers earned 21 awards, including eight first places, at the Press Club of Southeast Texas Excellence in Media Awards banquet, held June 2 at the MCM Eleganté,

The awards were spread among 12 contributors to Lamar University’s student newspaper, as well as general staff awards which include contributions from nearly 40 students throughout the year.

“It is always gratifying to have so many students recognized for their work,” Stephan Malick, assistant director of student publications, said. “What is exciting is that so many students place in so many different categories —it really shows the depth of their abilities.”

First place awards went to editor Haley Bruyn for Newspaper Feature Layout for “3-dimensional Wonders,” and Noah Dawlearn for Magazine Photography for “Still a Sanctuary.” Multimedia editor Trevier Gonzalez placed first in News Organization Internet Video for “Living ‘Temptations,’” and in the Non-Daily Newspaper category for “Orange Nurse, Artist Fabricates Forests.”

Former managing editor Kara Timberlake earned a first in Non-Daily General Column for “Embracing the F-word,” and former staff writer Elizabeth Grimm earned first place in Non-Daily Sports News for “Soccer Gets New Coach.” Photographer Matt Beadle earned a first-place award for Sports Photo with “Fired Up With Spirit.” The University Press staff also placed first for Non-Daily Sports Page Design and for Graphic/Illustration for a piece accompanying the story on Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize.

The University Press staff earned second place in the Non-Daily Newspaper Overall Excellence category. The UP website placed second in the Business Website category. Second place was also awarded to managing editor Tim Collins for Magazine Feature Story for “Seeking Community in a Transitioning World” and Non-Daily Feature for “Climbing Mount Fumi.” Timberlake placed second in the Editorial/Commentary category for “Price of Free Speech.”

Former editor Grant Crawford placed second in Non-Daily Sports Feature for “A Baseball Life.” Sarah Sanders placed second in Non-Daily News Story for “Cleaning ‘Gray’ Water,” and photographers Hannah LeTulle and Gabbie Smith shared second place for Feature Photo for “Doggy’s Day Out.” Second place awards also went to Bruyn for Feature Page Design for “Walk in the Park”

Third place in Magazine Personal Profile went to contributor Danielle Sonnier for “A Real Team Player.”

Gonzalez gained honorable mention in the Non-Daily Feature Photo category for “Dust of Color” and Collins earned honorable mention for Fine Arts Review for his coverage of Itzhak Perlman’s visit to Lamar. Gonzalez also earned honorable mention with Jonathan Tippet for their KVLU radio show “Sound Test.”

“University Press students won awards for writing, photography, layout and video — even in radio — that shows that we are doing a good job preparing them for the demands of the professional market,” Andy Coughlan, director of student publications, said. “In the changing journalism landscape, flexibility is key, and the students embrace that concept.”

The Press Club presented a check for $15,000 to an endowment which funds a scholarship for a Communication major. This year’s recipient is Jason Cabrera, Port Neches junior, who received a scholarship worth in excess of $5,000.

In Television Broadcast categories, LUTV picked up five awards for work which included 10 student contributors.

Jefferson County Sheriff Zena Stephens was named Newsmaker of the Year.

The Excellence in Media awards are presented for work produced in 2016.

The Press Club draws its membership from Jefferson, Orange, Hardin, Liberty, Chambers, Jasper, Tyler, Polk and Newton counties. Press Club members are professionals in media, public relations, academia, public affairs, and corporate communication and public information.

For a complete list of winners, visit www.pressclubofsoutheasttexas.org.

Learn more about Lamar University at lamar.edu

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