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Communication and journalism students recognized during awards ceremony at Cameron University


The Cameron University communication program recently celebrated the accomplishments of students enrolled in strategic communication and journalism and media production classes.

Recognition for working on The Collegian, the campus newspaper, was presented in numerous areas. Receiving awards for writing and editing were Jackson Miller, Blake Moren, Jashua Orndorff and Ryland Stiles. Awards for writing, editing and layout were presented to James Alley, Alison Malawey, Ryan Martin and Ashlin Penn.

Ka’Tavia West was honored with an award for writing, editing and photography, as well as the Leadership and Outstanding Work Ethic Award.

Cambron Alsbrook and Brittney Payette also received dual awards. Each was recognized for their roles in management of the paper, and they were honored with the Dynamic Duo Award, which is presented to a team of two student editors who are known for their work ethic and their willingness to go above and beyond to ensure a quality product and to help their fellow editors.

Forensics awards were presented to members of CU’s speech and debate team. Dylan Griggs received the Tony Allison Outstanding Forensics Contributor Award. Micah Elroy was honored with the Dr. J.C. Hicks Outstanding Individual Events Competitor Award, and Sacred Martinez was presented with the Dr. Richard Smith Outstanding Debate Competitor Award.

Audio and video production awards were presented to students who worked on CUTV programs “Pop Axe Culture,” “Aggie Line Up,” “Patch Notes” and “CU News.” Anchor/producers awards went to Skylar Teddington for “CU Pop Axe Culture,” Kalen Haynes for “Aggie Line Up,” Austin Childers for “Patch Notes” and Alec Santos for “CU News.” Santos also received the Directing award for “Aggie Line Up.” Also receiving a Directing Award were James Alley for “Pop Axe Culture” and Jacob Carpenter for “Patch Notes.”

Journalism and media production honors were presented to numerous students. LaShea DeSelle received the Most Improved Award. Neal Kirmer was honored with the Photography Award, and Alex Santos was recognized with the Directing Award. DaLynna Wood received the Producing Award.

The Sylvia Corkill Excellence in Reporting Award, named in honor of alumna Sylvia Corkill who is a reporter and anchor for KWTV in Oklahoma City, went to Asante Hardin. The award recognizes a student who demonstrates excellence in reporting for CUTV.

The Nathan Bowers Problem Solving Award was presented to Jacob Carpenter. The award is named for CU graduate and former chief engineer for KSWO Nathan Bowers, who designed and installed the TV studio in the Academic Commons.

Kalen Haynes received the Steve Adams Steady as You Go Award, which recognizes the student who consistently can be counted on to get things done, always achieve a high quality production and demonstrates a positive and supportive attitude. The award is named after former CU faculty member Steve Adams.

The George Stanley JRMP Memorial Award, recognizing the student who demonstrates passion for and achievement in a multiple areas of production, was presented to Ashlin Penn. The award, which includes a stipend, commemorates the legacy of the late George Stanley, a long-time CU faculty member.

Breanna Pursley received the SW Oklahoma Economic Development Production Award, which recognizes the student who shows leadership and successful completion on everything on a continual basis. The award, which includes a stipend, is funded by production work done for the SW Oklahoma Economic Development Authority.

Students who created one to five-minute comedic videos for Movie Night at the Vaska also received awards. James Alley received first place for Best Producer, with Glen Archer, Lawton, receiving second place. The Dan Perrin, I am a Thespian Award was presented to Ryan Martin. Ashlin Penn received the Best Editing Award. Alec Santos and DaLynna Wood each received the Best Plot Twist Award, and Best Special Effects went to Austin Childers and Jacob Carpenter.

Service Learning Awards were presented to Denisse Findlay, Nakisha Horne, Breanna Jackson, Colleen Parker, Scott Smith and Ki’Arra Williams. These students were recognized for outstanding performance in service-learning projects to support the local community. Projects included assisting local organizations with photography work, strategic communication planning, and creation of various marketing materials.

Award recipients are listed by hometown:

Burneyville: Jacob Carpenter

Chickasha: Breanna Pursley

Comanche: Scott Smith

Duncan: Micah Elroy, Jackson Miller, Blake Moren

Elgin: Denisse Findlay

Fredericksburg, Va.: Colleen Parker

Kingwood, Texas: Ashlin Penn

Lawton/Fort Sill: James Alley, Cambron Alsbrook, Glen Archer, Dylan Griggs, Asante Hardin, Nakisha Horne, Breanna Jackson, Neal Kirmer, Alison Malawey, Ryan Martin, Sacred Martinez, Jashua Orndorff,Brittney Payette, Alec Santos, Rylan Stiles, Skylar Teddington, Ka’Tavia West, Ki’Arra Williams, DaLynna Wood

Oklahoma City: LaShea DeSelle

Overbrook: Austin Childers

Trophy Club, Texas: Kalen Haynes



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