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Manchester students at Oak Leaves win statewide press awards

Ten Oak Leaves staff members took home wins in eight award categories, with a total of nine winning stories and three winning photos in the 2020 Indiana Collegiate Press Association contest. 
Manchester University competes in Newspaper Division 3, for schools with weekly published newspapers and an enrollment of 3,000 or fewer students. MU offers a minor in journalism. 
The awards:
1st Place: Sports Photo: “Soccer Cleats Clash” by Mallory Fletcher
2nd Place: Non-Deadline News Story: “ACEN Walls Damaged after Dedication Plaques Removed” by Erica Mohr 
2nd Place: News or Feature Series: “To Be Contwinued: Twins at Manchester University”; individual stories by Erica Mohr, Chloe Leckrone, Alex Baker and Carly Greaves
2nd Place: Sports Feature Story: “Ruuska to Swim in Summer Pan American Games” by Zoe Vorndran
3rd Place: In-Depth Story or Stories: “Manchester Realigns Programs; Students, Deans React”; individual stories by Erica Mohr, Chloe Leckrone and Marcus Zwiebel
3rd Place: Sports News Story: “Tight-Knit Swim Team Breaks Records” by Noah Tong
3rd Place: News Photo: “Climate Change” by Destinee Boutwell
3rd Place: Feature Photo: “Pumpkin Painting” by Bonnie Wong
Co-editors in chief in 2019, when the winning stories and photos were published, were Kwiecien, Tong and Boutwell. The print-journalism professor and faculty advisor of the Oak Leaves is Katharine Ings.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Oak Leaves moved to @TheOakLeavesofManchesterUniversity on Facebook this semester.

For the media
Katharine Nicholson Ings, Ph.D. 
Chair and professor, Department of English

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April 2020