Ouachita pupil media earn high nationwide, state awards

Ouachita pupil media earn high nationwide, state awards

Ouachita Baptist College pupil media have earned three nationwide awards and a
Gold Medalist score from the Columbia Scholastic Press Affiliation (CSPA) for the
Ouachitonian yearbook and 64 state awards for the Ouachitonian, Sign newspaper and Ouachita Digital Sports activities Community, in addition to on-line and tv protection,
from the Arkansas School Media Affiliation (ACMA).

“I’m so pleased with our college students for the awards they obtained for our pupil publications,”
stated Dr. Deborah Root, professor of communications and director of evaluation and
institutional analysis at Ouachita. Root additionally serves as chair of the Rogers Division
of Communications and school advisor for the Ouachitonian. “We all know they’re gifted and are devoted to their work in our division, however
it’s good to see them honored on a state and nationwide degree. They’re wonderful representatives
of the standard training Ouachita supplies.”

The CSPA awards had been introduced in Fall 2021. Levi Dade, a junior Christian research/biblical
research main from Senatobia, Miss., earned first place for yearbook sports activities motion

“This award—or any award—was not one thing I assumed I had the talents to win,” Dade
stated. “I’m very honored to simply accept it, and I attribute it to Nathan Dixon, my mentor
since highschool. With out his instructing and coaching in images for the previous six
years, this wouldn’t have been potential. It’s all in his honor, in addition to for the
glory of God.”

Third place was awarded to Abby Blankenship, a senior communications & media/strategic
communications main from Little Rock, Ark., for yearbook function picture and to Ben
Swanger, a 2021 communications & media/sports activities communications graduate from Forney,
Texas, for design portfolio.

ACMA honors had been introduced through the group’s annual conference April 8 at
Arkansas State College in Jonesboro. Ouachita college students entered six of the highest seven
award divisions; every gained or positioned of their class, together with Ouachitonian editors Gracen Goudy and Anna Roussel who had been named Yearbook Editors of the Yr.

“It was thrilling getting this award after a yr of working so laborious,” stated Goudy,
a senior communications & media/communications research main from Bryant, Ark., “and
it made it much more particular that I bought to win it with Anna. We’re each so grateful
that we’re in a position to create this ebook for Ouachita and its college students.”

Roussel, a senior communications & media/strategic communications and political science
double main from Searcy, Ark., added, “This award was an affirmation of each the
laborious work we now have put into the Ouachitonian this yr and the wonderful coaching we have obtained from all of our professors. It
felt like the right strategy to shut out mine and Gracen’s 4 years working collectively
on the yearbook.”

Different first-place winners among the many competitors’s high divisions had been Swanger, who
was named Designer of the Yr; Sara Patterson, a senior English literature and Christian
research/biblical research double main from Wylie, Texas, named Web site Editor of the
Yr; Matthew Department, a senior communications & media/sports activities communications main
from White Corridor, Ark., named TV Producer of the Yr; and Caroline Derby, a junior
communications & media/multimedia and political science double main from Arkadelphia,
Ark., named TV Anchor of the Yr.

Eleven college students gained first place in particular person classes, together with Chase Hartsell,
a sophomore enterprise administration and Spanish double main from Scorching Springs, Ark.
Hartsell earned first-place honors within the TV Sports activities Characteristic class for his phase
for the Ouachita Sports activities Digital Community on Ouachita’s Battle of the Ravine soccer
rivalry sport.

“This award from ACMA is a real honor. It’s the primary broadcasting award I’ve ever
gained on the collegiate degree, and to win it with ‘A November Morn’ is simply icing on
the cake,” Hartsell stated. “Getting to inform the story of the Battle of the Ravine rivalry
in that method was wonderful; it’s in contrast to some other undertaking that I’ve labored on earlier than. It’s
actually particular to me, and I’m glad others are having fun with it as properly.”

Ryan York, a senior communications & media/sports activities communications main from Plano,
Texas, is considered one of 11 college students who positioned in a couple of ACMA awards class. York
earned a first-place award for on-line sports activities writing and a second-place award for
sports activities web page structure.

“At first I used to be slightly stunned to obtain the award for sports activities writing,” he stated.
“After I first began writing for the newspaper, I did it for enjoyable and for some good
work expertise. To obtain this award helps me see simply how far I’ve are available writing
and reveals how Ouachita has pushed me to turn into who I’m.”

For extra details about Ouachita pupil media, contact Dr. Deborah Root at [email protected]
or at (870) 245-5510.

Lead picture: Ouachita college students acknowledged by the Arkansas School Media Affiliation
for his or her work through the 2021-22 educational yr embrace (from left) Abby Blankenship,
first place, Pupil Life Picture; Gracen Goudy and Anna Roussel, first place, Yearbook
Editors of the Yr; Amy Jackson, a senior communications & media/movie main from
Cypress, Texas, representing the
 Sign employees; Sara Patterson, first place, Web site Editor of the Yr; and Valeria Gomez, first place,
Social Media Promotion. Picture by Chris Babb


2022 ACMA awards embrace:


  • 1st place, Yearbook Editor of the Yr—Gracen Goudy and Anna Roussel
  • 1st place, Designer of the Yr—Ben Swanger
  • 1st place, Web site Editor of the Yr—Sara Patterson
  • 1st place, TV Producer of the Yr—Matthew Department
  • 1st place, TV Anchor of the Yr—Caroline Derby
  • 2nd place, Newspaper Editor of the Yr—Sara Patterson
  • 2nd place, Yearbook Normal Excellence—Ouachitonian
  • 3rd place, Newspaper Web site—The Sign
  • Honorable Point out, Photographer of the Yr—Abby Blankenship


  • 1st place, Social Media Promotion—Valeria Gomez, a junior communications & media/multimedia
    main from Alajuela, Costa Rica
  • 1st place, Promoting—Caroline Derby
  • 2nd place, Evaluation Writing—Wyatt Ashlock, a junior theatre arts and communications & media/movie
    double main from Royse Metropolis, Texas
  • 2nd place, Entrance Web page Structure—Sara Patterson
  • 2nd place, Sports activities Web page Structure—Ryan York
  • 3rd place, Characteristic Web page Structure—Sara Patterson


  • 1st place, On-line Sports activities Writing—Ryan York
  • 1st place, TV Climate—Caroline Derby and Caity Hatchett, a 2021 communications & media/sports activities
    communications and historical past graduate from Keithville, La.
  • 1st place, Area of interest Specialty Web site—employees
  • 1st place, On-line Multimedia Bundle—employees (Tiger Tunes)
  • 3rd place, TV Characteristic—employees (Tiger Tunes)
  • Honorable Point out, On-line Sports activities Picture—Abby Blankenship


  • 1st place, TV Pc Graphics—Matthew Department
  • 1st place, TV Sports activities Characteristic—Chase Hartsell
  • 2nd place, TV Pc Graphics—Matthew Department, Caity Hatchett and Luke Roberson, a 2021
    communications & media/sports activities media and built-in communications graduate from Plano,


  • 1st place, Yearbook Cowl—Ben Swanger
  • 1st place, Introduction/Theme—Ben Swanger
  • 1st place, Closing Theme Web page—Ben Swanger
  • 1st place, Characteristic Structure—Ben Swanger
  • 1st place, Tutorial Structure—Ben Swanger
  • 1st place, Portrait Structure—Ben Swanger
  • 1st place, Group/Greek Structure—Ben Swanger
  • 1st place, Particular Options Writing—Anna Roussel
  • 1st place, Typography Presentation—Ben Swanger
  • 1st place, Pupil Life Picture—Abby Blankenship
  • 1st place, Divider—Ben Swanger
  • 2nd place, Divider—Ben Swanger
  • 2nd place, Characteristic Picture—Abby Blankenship
  • 2nd place, Particular Options Writing—Caroline Johnson, a junior communications & media/communications
    research and political science double main from Springdale, Ark.
  • 2nd place, Lecturers Writing—Michaelyn Ferrell, a senior enterprise administration/advertising and marketing
    and communications & media/strategic communications research double main from White
    Corridor, Ark.
  • 2nd place, Portrait Structure—Ben Swanger
  • 2nd place, Pupil Life Structure—Ben Swanger
  • 2nd place, Characteristic Structure—Ben Swanger
  • 2nd place, Endsheets—Ben Swanger
  • 2nd place, Sports activities Writing—Caity Hatchett
  • 2nd place, Group/Greek Writing—Mallory Morris, a 2021 graphic design and communications
    & media/built-in communications graduate from Nacogdoches, Texas
  • 2nd place, Tutorial Picture—Madison Melcher, a sophomore enterprise administration/entrepreneurship
    main from Rockwall, Texas
  • 3rd place, Pupil Life Picture—Abby Blankenship
  • 3rd place, Sports activities Picture—Levi Dade
  • 3rd place, Portrait Structure—Ben Swanger
  • 3rd place, Divider—Ben Swanger
  • 3rd place, Group/Greek Structure—Ben Swanger
  • 3rd place, Sports activities Writing—Caroline Johnson
  • 3rd place, Pupil Life Structure—Ben Swanger
  • 3rd place, Characteristic Structure—Ben Swanger
  • 3rd place, Characteristic Picture—Hannah Adamson, a junior choral music training main from Newton,
  • 3rd place, Pupil Life Writing—Emily Barton, a senior psychology and social justice
    research main from Marshall, Texas
  • 3rd place, Lecturers Writing—Anna Roussel
  • 3rd place, Sports activities Structure—Ben Swanger
  • 3rd place, Group/Greek Writing—Anna Roussel
  • 3rd place, Lecturers Structure—Ben Swanger
  • 3rd place, Particular Options Writing—Gracen Goudy
  • Honorable Point out, Pupil Life Picture—Hannah Smith
  • Honorable Point out, Characteristic Picture—Meagan North, a 2021 communications & media/strategic
    communications graduate from Fort Value, Texas
  • Honorable Point out, Group/Greek Writing—Valeria Gomez