Award winners

In the ACP competitions, cartoonist Dan Sills earned a top-five finalist spot for Editorial Cartoon of the Year for the below cartoon in which he poked fun at a proposed censorship of Huck Finn novels that would replace the “N-word” with the word “slave.” The cartoon’s overall placement within the top five will be announced at the National College Media Convention in Orlando later this week.

Also in the ACP, Image Editor Eric Coulter won an honorable mention in Spot News Picture for a photo he shot when a biker was hit by a car outside of the Kirkhof Center last year, and the Lanthorn advertising staff won an honorable mention in Ad Campaign for one of last year’s Copper Beech advertisements.

In the statewide MPA competition, the Lanthorn brought home six awards, including two first-place honors. Editor-in-Chief Emanuel Johnson won first place in Editorial Writing for “History Denied,” an editorial in which he ridiculed the move to censor Huck Finn novels as historically inaccurate and offensive to African-Americans. Former Layout Editor Alana Holland won first place in Feature Page Design for last year’s feature package covering the Stand Up Eight circus. She also won a second-place award for News Page Design.

Former staff writer Garrett Pelican won second place in Column, Review or Blog, News or Sports for “Many years of therapy later,” a sports column in which he pointed out his own struggles when trying to compete in an open golf tournament last year.

The Lanthorn also won two statewide advertising awards. Former ad designer Valentina Valdes won second place in Black and White Ads for a Save Energy ad put together for Facilities Services in the Jan. 13 edition, and the entire ad department won third place in Special Advertising Section for the “We Built Grand Valley” edition from the fall semester of last year.