Ranger wins three firsts in statewide contest

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Applied science sophomore Dillon Lawler dives in the pool during bobbing, an exercise that promotes calm in the swimmer while getting accustomed to not breathing March 6 in Candler. Lawler dove to the bottom, removed his fins, surfaced and repeated the routine. Recreational swimming requires a Banner ID 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday and 3 p.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. Photo by Daniel Carde

Photo editor Daniel Carde won first place feature photo for this shot of applied science sophomore Dillon Lawler diving in the pool during a bobbing exercise in Candler. File

 Liberal arts freshman Desmond Hines soars to score for the Wildcats but is called for a charging foul against Pirates freshman James Murphy III. The Wildcats lost possession of the ball after the referees discussed the play. David Guel

Photographer E. David Guel won first place sports action photo for this shot of Liberal arts freshman Desmond Hines soaring to score for the Wildcats. File

The production manager took second in an on-site design contest at TCCJA.

Members of The Ranger staff won three first place awards Friday in an annual competition sponsored by the Texas Community College Journalism Association at the University of Texas at Tyler.

The Ranger competes in Division 1 for community colleges with enrollment of more than 10,000 students. The awards were for content in the print publication published in fall 2013 and spring 2014.

Production manager Mandy Derfler, who was editor in spring 2014, won first in advertising for an ad she created to promote the student newspaper with the theme “We’re not crazy, but we do have issues.”

Photo editor Daniel Carde won first place in feature photo for a photo of a swimmer in the pool in Candler Physical Education Center.

Staff photographer E. David Guel won first place in sports action photo for a shot of a Northwest Vista College basketball player jumping to shoot a basket.

In other awards, The Ranger won third place in overall general excellence, and The Ranger Online’s redesigned news website rated an honorable mention.

Carlos Ferrand, editor in fall 2014 and now a student at Texas A&M University-San Antonio, won second in sports feature photo with the entry “No trucks, no cars, no problem.”

Three staffers received honorable mention. They are promotions manager Katherine Garcia for in-depth and investigative reporting, staff writer R.T. Gonzalez for sports news story, and Derfler for layout and design.

Additionally, Derfler won second place in layout and design in a live contest at the convention.

Ranger staffers who attended the convention in Tyler were editor Bleah B. Patterson, news editor M.J. Callahan, Derfler, Garcia and Carde.



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