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May 2, 2014
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

The Rocket earns top ASPA awards

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Rocket, Slippery Rock University's weekly student newspaper, has taken the First Place with Special Merit Award and was one of two student newspapers nationally to receive the Most Outstanding University Newspaper for 2013-14 presented by the American Scholastic Press Association.

Alex Mowrey, a communication major from San Diego, Calif., was awarded one of three ASPA Outstanding News Photography honors. Mowrey is this year's photo editor at The Rocket.

The newspaper was similarly awarded last year by the ASPA.

With the latest awards, The Rocket has scored 47 honors this year.

"This is truly an outstanding effort," said Mark Zeltner, SRU associate professor of communication and the newspaper's adviser. "Our editors, reporters, photographers and layout editors have worked very hard to bring the campus a quality newspaper devoted to covering the campus and providing news and features the campus community can use. Their efforts have not gone unrewarded as the Society of Professional Journalists and the Society for Collegiate Journalists and now the ASPA have reviewed their work and provided accolades for their efforts."

This year's editorial board includes:

•Catie Clark, a communication major from Brookville, as editor-in-chief

•Jon Janasik, an English major from Mechanicsburg as news editor

•Rebecca Marcucci, a communication major from West Middlesex as campus life editor

•Kristin Karam, a communication major from Butler as sports editor

•Todd Hart, a computer science major from Erie, as web and social media editor

•Mary Leach, a secondary education major from Lakewood, Ohio, as copy editor

•Kevin Squires, a biology major from West Mifflin, as assistant news editor

•Stephanie Cheek, a communication major from Los Angeles, Calif., as assistant campus life editor

•Mathew Morgan, a communication major from Downer's Grove, Ill., as assistant sports editor

•Rebecca Dietrich, a communication major from Pittsburgh as assistant photo editor

•LaRae Ferguson, communication major from Pittsburgh, as multimedia reporter; and


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