The Alestle won 15 awards at the recent Illinois College Press Association’s Convention and Awards in Chicago, including second place in the General Excellence category in their division. The division The Alestle competes in is the most competitive in the annual ICPA awards, with almost half of the total member publications competing.

“I appreciate that our hard work was recognized in this way. Getting second in general excellence was the highlight of the whole convention and my Alestle career so far,” Alestle Editor-in-Chief Madison Lammert said.

They also won 14 other awards, mostly in design and photography categories.

The Alestle staff was recognized for its work in headline writing and feature page design, taking first place in the division of non-dailies with school enrollment over 4,000.

Of particular note was Online Editor/Opinion Editor Jordyn Nimmer’s first place win for editorial cartoon in the open division in which all schools, regardless of size, compete.

The staff won third place in the sports page design category.

Former Alestle staffers Spencer Peck, Bre Booker and Jakob Ruffner won third place in the spot news photo, sports photo and feature photo categories, respectively.

The staff as a whole and several individual staffers won honorable mentions. The staff was recognized for its work in in-depth reporting and entertainment supplement.

Current Multimedia Editor Mackenzie Smith was recognized for her work in feature photo.

Former staffers JoAnn Weaver and Hannah Miller were recognized for their design work in the graphic illustration and sports page design categories, respectively.

Former staffers Bre Booker and Spencer Peck were also recognized for their work in sports game coverage and general news photo, respectively. 

 “I’m so proud of our staff. We have had a hard year of serious staff shortages. The fact that we are back in the general excellence category shows how hard The Alestle staff works,” Alestle Program Director Tammy Merrett said.

The Alestle competed with 33 Illinois colleges and universities in 12 open categories. Additionally, The Alestle competed in 21 categories against 15 non-daily student newspapers on campuses with more than 4,000 students including Columbia College in Chicago, Loyola University, Northern Illinois University, DePaul University, Illinois State University and others.

Almost 1,000 entries in the competition were judged for excellence by working journalists across the country.

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