Dispatch news staff takes numerous awards in annual press contest
The Shawnee Dispatch news staff won numerous honors in the Kansas Press Association’s 2012 Awards of Excellence competition, the association announced Thursday.
The Dispatch competed against other Kansas newspapers in the Non-daily Division 3 category, featuring newspapers with circulations of more than 4,000. Entries were published during 2011.
Winners will be recognized April 21 in Overland Park, during the association’s annual convention.
In news and writing categories, The Dispatch staff took first place overall in News and Writing Excellence.
Staff members won the following individual awards:
• First place, News Story, news editor Sara Shepherd for “Officer stops twins’ suicide attempt”
• First place, Education Story, reporter Stephen Montemayor, now the paper's sports editor, for “Hispanic pride takes center stage”
• First place, Sports Story, Montemayor for “Clinic educates about dangers of sports-related concussions”
• First place, Sports Feature Story, Montemayor for “Crash cuts boxing dreams short”
• Second place, Feature Story, Shepherd for “Heavy lifting: Moving day in this business all about physics, geometry”
• Second place, News Story, Shepherd for “Until justice is done: With final murder conviction, families of slain Mill Valley graduates near end of painful court process”
• Second place, Religion Story, Shepherd for “New church embraces hints of building’s past”
• Second place, Sports Story, Montemayor for “It was from ‘Big House to the Big Leagues’ for four”
• Third place, Sports Feature Story, Montemayor for “Considering concussions”
• Third place, Sports Column Writing, former sports editor Chris Wristen for “Applebee builds family atmosphere at Mill Valley,” “Local stars give reason for KC kids to dream big” and “Shawnee is a community of athletes”
In the photography and video categories, Dispatch staffers won the following individual awards:
• First place, Sports Photo, Wristen for photo of St. James Academy girls soccer players celebrating after game-winning goal against Kansas City Christian
• First place, Best Online Video (News), Wristen for “St. James Academy topples Louisburg”
• First place, Best Online Video (Feature), Shepherd for “Square dancing with the Swingin’ Singles”
• Second place, Feature Photo, Shepherd for photo of girl playing in a water feature at the Thomas A. Soetaert Aquatic Center
• Second place, Best Online Video (News), Shepherd for “Community celebrates K-7/Johnson Drive project completion”
In design and layout categories, The Dispatch staff took second place overall for Design and Layout Excellence and for Sports Pages.