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April 2001

Release Date: April 26, 2001

ASU Students, Newspaper Take 20 Awards at Texas Intercollegiate Press Meeting

Angelo State University students took six first-place awards and the Ram Page finished second in its division for best overall newspaper at the annual Texas Intercollegiate Press Association meeting in Wichita Falls Thursday-Saturday, April 19-21.

Overall, ASU took 17 awards in the newspaper categories against other universities in its division and three awards in the live competitions against schools in all divisions. The Ram Page finished second overall among newspapers at a university with enrollment of 3,000 to 7,499.

In the live competitions, Satcha Pretto, senior communications major from Tegucigalpa, Honduras, won first place in TV announcing. Journalism major Stacey Patterson of Odessa won second place in magazine design and Brian Roland, a junior journalism major from Tom Bean, won honorable mention in copyediting.

In the newspaper competition senior journalism major Chris Murman of Ballinger took first place for sports column, sports news and critical review as well as a second place for newspaper headline, a third place for editorial and honorable mention for broadsheet news page design.

Senior history/government major Pam Decker of River Edge, N.J., received first place for sports action photo, second place for news photo and for sports action photo and third place for feature photo. Decker and Murman shared an honorable mention for picture story.

Ram Page sports editor John Boyd, a sophomore journalism major from San Angelo, garnered a first place for broadsheet sports page design, second place for news story and an honorable mention for humor column. Boyd was also named vice president of TIPA's student division for the next academic year.

Travis Fuhrer, a freshman art major from San Angelo, received an honorable mention in the cartoon category.

Dr. Cathy Johnson, assistant professor of journalism and Ram Page adviser, said, "I am delighted with how well our students did. We are excited about all the awards, and especially about the awards in the live competitions, as these are not divided according to the size of the schools.

"Our students competed very well against students from much larger universities in Texas. We are proud of their accomplishments and the honor they brought to ASU and our program," she said.

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