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Student Newspaper Takes 7 Awards in State Contest

"Quo Vadis," the Middlesex County College student newspaper, won seven awards – including one for general excellence – in the 2008-2009 New Jersey College Newspaper Contest. The paper as a whole won three awards and four staff members took home individual honors.

"Our staff works really hard to put out the best paper they possibly can and it is nice to be honored by the judges," said Melissa Edwards, the advisor. "I congratulate all the winners; their work is an example for others. I'm very proud of them."

Dr. Karen Hays, vice president for academic and student affairs, echoed Professor Edwards.

"Under Melissa's leadership, the staff has really done a great job in covering news and issues at the College," Dr. Hays said. "I'm very happy they are being recognized and I congratulate them on their success."

Staff cartoonist David Mongecopa took first place honors in the editorial cartoon/artistic story category for his cartoon illustrating the subprime mortgage crisis.

The judges wrote that it showed "outstanding artistic ability combined with an equally impressive approach to illustrate a national story. Great talent, great style."

Staff writer Tatiana Smith was awarded second place in the biography category for her article "When It Comes to Teachers, It All Adds Up."

Editor-in-Chief Corina Lombardi-Adamousky won third place in the feature category for her article, "From Mother to Soldier to Student to Hero: A Veteran's Journey from Iraq to MCC."

Staff writer Federico Zanatta took third place for his news story, "Legislature Adjusts NJ STARS Scholarship Program."

The entire staff was honored in three categories. They took second place in the general excellence category for their October 22 and October 29 issues. They also won second place in editorial writing for their pieces, "Parking at MCC Continues to be a Problem," and "Economics Should be in the Forefront."

The paper's layout was also recognized with a third place award. The judges felt the design, created by artist Margaret Lacey McNeil, was a "nice demonstration of effective design principles to create pleasant attractive pages."