AC Students Win 19 Journalism Awards in San Antonio

April 14, 2014

Amarillo College mass media students won 19 awards and a scholarship Saturday (April 12) at the annual convention of the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association in San Antonio.

Amanda Castro-Crist, editor of the AC student newspaper, The Ranger, received a TIPA Mike Warms Scholarship based on her grades and work on the newspaper. The scholarship is valued at $400.

In on-site competition Thursday (April 10) in San Antonio against students from about 50 colleges and universities throughout Texas, AC students won five awards. Buck Mayden took first place in Radio Advertising, while Perla Arellano placed second in Spanish Newswriting and Raylyn Bowers placed second in Radio Newswriting.

Also in on-site competition, Castro-Crist took third place in Radio Announcing and Cody Reeves placed third in Editorial Writing.

In contests involving material published in 2013 in The Ranger, AC Current magazine, the website and the AC Report on KACV-FM, these AC students took home certificates in various categories:

The KACV-FM90 staff received honorable mention for Radio Overall Excellence, and the Ranger staff received honorable mention for Overall Excellence in Newspaper Division 3.

Others receiving awards were Troy Cartwright, second place, Editorial Cartoon in Newspaper Division 3; Castro-Crist and Bailie Myers, second place, Single-Subject Page Design in Newspaper Division 3;

AC Photo Illustrative 2 Class, third place, Magazine Photo Illustration; Sonnet Relph, third place, Magazine General News Photo; and Austin Gravely, third place, Critical Review in Newspaper Division 3.

AC students who received honorable mention were Myers, Quintin Marquez, Emily Prestwood and Heather Hinkle, Multimedia Package in Online Division 1; Castro-Crist, News Feature Story in Newspaper Division 3; Teresa Herrera, Radio Feature Story; Hannah Overton, Information Graphic in Newspaper Division 3; the staff, Community Engagement in Online Division 1; Shelly Sparks, Television News Non-Feature Story; and Marquez, Television Sports Feature Story.

Attending the TIPA convention were student media members Arellano, Bowers, Castro-Crist, Allysia Fine, Vanessa Garcia, Brandi Hutcheson, Marquez, Mayden, Myers, Robert Ocon, Reeves, Sella Robinett along with advisers Jill Gibson and Mike Haynes and student media assistant Donna Salter.

Advisers for The AC Report are Gibson and Brian Frank. Advisers for The Ranger, AC Current and are Gibson and Haynes.

“It always is a rewarding thing to see the excitement on the students’ faces, not only when they win these awards, but when they hear speakers like Steve Blow, who was put in the TIPA Hall of Fame Friday,” Haynes said. “He talked about journalism being a lighthouse for society, and some of our students really got into that idea.”

Another honor given Saturday was the TIPA Adviser of the Year award, which went to Dr. Butler Cain of West Texas A&M University. 

“We’ve had a close relationship with the WT mass comm faculty since Butler has been there, so we’re happy to see him honored,” Haynes said. “He deserves it.”

Other TIPA Advisers of the Year include AC’s Robert Wylie in 1975, WT’s Sara Stone in 1980 and Haynes in 2002.

For more information, please contact: Mike Haynes,, 806-371-5293.



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