The Crusader staff returned recently from the Kansas Associated Collegiate Press spring convention in Wichita. Overall, the Crusader was named Silver Medalist winner among two-year college newspapers in Kansas. SCCC Student Luke Wempe of Lawrence was named Collegiate Journalist of the Year for two-year newspapers. That award comes with a plaque and a scholarship check for $250. He was also second in sports news writing and honorable mention in sports column (2) and sports feature. Individually, the SCCC students made a tremendous showing at the awards ceremony. In 22 categories, Crusader staff members received 19 first-, second- or third-place honors. Of those, Seward swept Editorial Writing and Special Sections, claiming all three top places, as well as two top spots in Series Writing. Cayla Thomlinson of Rolla was first in editorial writing, feature photography and infographics; news photography, special section; and honorable mention for infographics and photo essay. Davina Barr of Liberal was first in interior page design, third in illustrations, honorable mention in series writing. Dacee Kentner of Liberal was first in series writing, second in editorial writing, third in editorial writing and on-site copy editing and honorable mention in headline writing. Sanela Dejanovic of Serbia was second in sports column and third in column writing. Lacy Adams of Plains was third in sports feature and honorable mention in feature writing and Chelsi Valdez of Moscow was honorable mention in sports feature. The Crusader staff was first in special section. Thomlinson, Wempe and Valdez were second in special section. Carissa Nelson of Johnson and Thomlinson were third in interior page design. Brandon Jones of Turpin and Andrae Coleman of Liberal were third in photo essay. Wempe and Valdez were third in series writing while Nelson and Adams were third in sports feature. Nelson, Thomlinson and Jordan Beeson of Liberal were honorable mention in front page design and Wempe and Thomlinson were honorable mention in infographics. The online Crusader received a Bronze Medalist Award among all two- and four-year schools in Kansas. Students also received awards from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association. SCCC students had won six awards in the Gold Circle competitions, among all two-year and four-year colleges and universities from across the nation. Mayra Valdez of Satanta and Adam Semisch of Plains won second and third, respectively, in comic cartoons for newspaper; Kentner took third in factoid information graphics; Thomlinson earned a certificate of merit for color single sport news photography and a certificate of merit in factoid information graphics. Beeson and Brendan Kachel of Hooker, Okla., won a certificate of merit for a timeline piece they did on "Nintendo Wiiturns." Thomlinson was also chosen for a Society of Professional Journalists Region 7 Mark of Excellence award. She received first place in photo illustration, and will compete in the national SPJ contest with scholarship money and prize implications. This also is a contest among all two-year and four-year schools. Region 7 encompasses Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri, and Iowa.