The Rocket student newspaper captures seven CSPA awards

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Sept. 22, 2015

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Rocket student newspaper at Slippery Rock University has won seven Gold Circle Awards from The Columbia Scholarship Press Association, including first, second, third and merit honors for sports page design, photo layout, advertising layout and special section layout.

Alex Mowrey, a May communication graduate and currently a multimedia specialist at the University of Pittsburgh, captured four awards. Other winners are Rebecca Dietrich, a communication major from Pittsburgh and Karleigh Santry, a communication major from Lake City.

This year's contest included 11,110 entries produced by students at colleges, universities and secondary schools through the United States. Two other Pennsylvania newspapers, the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Pennsylvania, were honored.

The Rocket's Gold Circle Awards and recipients are:

Sports Page Design, Third Place, Alex Mowrey, for "Rock Blown Out in Big House Battle."

Photo Layout: Full Page, Second Place, Alex Mowrey, for "Rock Leaves Griffins Grounded."

Certificate of Merit, Alex Mowrey, "Kid Ink."

Photo Layout: Two or More Pages, First Place, Alex Mowrey, "Rock Basketball Past and Present."

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Photo Layout, Second Place, Rebecca Dietrich, "125 Years and Still Rockin.' "

Advertising Layout: Single advertisement, Second Place, Karleigh Santry, "You Could Be Here."

Special Section Design, First Place, staff, "Looking Ahead-SRU Basketball Special Section."

Students are winning awards because they are "getting some really great training in their class, in design, multimedia and all aspects of journalism," said Mark Zeltner, associate professor of communication and newspaper adviser. "I am excited for students. It is vindication for all their really hard work. They go above and beyond their job duties."

The Rocket, an independent, student-run weekly, has won many awards, including eight Keystone Press Awards earlier this year. It has published since 1934, and has a current circulation of 7,000.

The Columbia Scholarship Press Association is an international student press association, founded in 1925, whose goal is to unite student journalists and faculty advisers at schools and colleges through educational conferences, idea exchanges, textbooks, critiques and award programs.