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Student Newspaper Reaches the Pinnacle

Members of the Pinnacle staff were honored with five awards during the recent KIPA (Kentucky Intercollegiate Press Association) conference held at Morehead State University.

Left to Right... Tinsley Carter, Tamara Walker, Joice Biazoto and Jermey Wells

The Pinnacle received first place for the Opinion Pages. The judge, Carol Hanner of Rocky Mountain News, praised the paper on how well it connected with students. She also noted that the paper is "very ambitious."

Tinsley Carter, photo editor, received second place for a Personality Profile written on Abdul Rifai entitled "All about Abdul Rifai." In this piece, Carter interviewed the professor and photographed him in action.

Carter was also awarded second place for a news photograph of Habitat for Humanity volunteers raising the roof of a house they were building. Carter, a senior majoring in Technology and Communications, has been on the Pinnacle staff for the past 5 years.

An award was also given to Tamara Walker, associate director, who received third place for a general interest column. The award was given for an article she wrote on Religion Q & A in which she answered the question, "Is there really a separation between church and state?" Kathryn Fraze of the Akron Beacon Journal, the judge, commented, "This column is sharply focused and uses thoughtful research to make its points." Walker is a sophmore majroing in Biology and Agriculture.

Jeremy Wells, layout editor, won third place for deadline writing. In order to win the award, Wells had to write a news article in one hour, after listening to a speech given by Leland “Buck” Ryan at the KIPA conference. Wells is a junior political science major.

The awards were given during a ceremony at Morehead State University. The Pinnacle competed against several other colleges, including Asbury College, Centre College and other colleges in Kentucky with enrollments of 5,000 or less.

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