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The Campus Ledger among Mark of Excellence winners

April 3, 2015

The staff of The Campus Ledger received six awards at the Society of Professional Journalists' Region 7 conference March 28 in Omaha.

Every one of The Ledger's six entries submitted to the Mark of Excellence (MOE) Awards contest placed, the contest pitting JCCC's student newspaper against both two-year colleges and four-year universities. Region 7 comprises Kansas, Missouri, Iowa and Nebraska. The Mark of Excellence Awards honors the best of collegiate journalism in an academic year.

For the third year in a row, judges named The Ledger a finalist in the Best All-Around Non-Daily Student Newspaper category, alongside Missouri State University. The Ledger's coverage of the aftermath of the Sept. 4 campus lockdown received top honors in the small-school general news reporting category, with Managing Editor Valerie Velikaya, Lenexa, named as a finalist and former News Editor Christina Lieffring, Kansas City, Missouri, named as the category's winner. Lieffring's article will advance to the national MOE competition, with winners to be announced in early fall.

In addition to their news articles, Lieffring received a finalist ranking in the small-school feature writing category for a fall 2014 article on clickbait headlines, while Velikaya was named a finalist in the contest's general column writing category for pieces she wrote on depression, the crisis in Ukraine and the Kansas City Royals' 2014 season.

The Campus Ledger editorial board, meanwhile, received a finalist ranking in the editorial writing category.

Mike Abell, Overland Park, is The Ledger's editor-in-chief. Corbin Crable, Olathe, is the newspaper's faculty adviser.