by Diane VanDyke
Staff members of Montgomery County Community College’s student newspaper, The Montgazette, garnered nine awards from the 2011 Student Keystone Press Awards Contest, a statewide journalism contest sponsored by the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association Foundation.
“I wanted students to showcase their articles to professional journalists and be judged among their peers,” said Harry Yanoshak, the faculty editorial adviser. “The Montgazette has been blessed with some talented writers whose interest in journalism seems genuine and not fleeting.”
Kevin Devine, Harleysville, The Montgazette’s editor, won first place in the editorial division. Jocelyn Moye, Eagleville, took first and second place in the personality profile category and received an honorable mention in the feature story division.
Photographers Norman Detweiler, Souderton, and Dennis Verbo, Trooper, took first place for their combined photograph coverage, and Detweiler also won second place in that category.
Samantha Berk, Conshohocken, took second place for her series of columns, and Jon Ferguson, Hatfield, won second place for his video game reviews.
Sarah Grebe, Douglassville, won second place in the public service/enterprise package for her coverage of the National Summit on Community Colleges held at the White House in Washington D.C. She was the only community college student to be part of the press corps for the event held Oct. 5, 2010.
The students publish The Montgazette on a monthly basis from September through May. For more information, visit http://montgazette.wordpress.com.