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April 27, 2016

Joe Verkennes, Director of Marketing and Communications
Monroe County Community College
1555 S. Raisinville Rd., Monroe, MI  48161
(734) 384-4207 (O), (419) 343-3063 (M) 


Staffers Earn First Place for Outstanding Feature Story, Outstanding Critical Review

MONROE, Mich. – Monroe County Community College’s student newspaper, The Agora, took home a total of nine awards at the Michigan Community College Press Association’s annual conference earlier this month at Central Michigan University.
Two Agora students won first-place titles:  Shelby Spencer for Outstanding Feature Story and Adam Rayes was for Outstanding Critical Review.

The Agora staff won second place for General Excellence, Overall Newspaper Design and Outstanding Online Newspaper for

For the individual awards, MCCC students competed against all the community college newspapers in the state, according to Dan Shaw, assistant professor of humanities and journalism and advisor to The Agora.  For some of the overall categories, the awards were broken down into two categories – colleges with more than 10,000 students and those with fewer than 10,000 students.

Below is a list of all of MCCC’s awards:

The Agora Staff:
            Second Place – General Excellence
            Second Place – Overall Newspaper Design
            Second Place – Outstanding Online Newspaper

Shelby Spencer:
            First Place – Outstanding Feature Story

Adam Rayes:
            First Place – Outstanding Critical Review

Evan Kutz:
            Third Place – Outstanding News Story

Julia Toniolo:
            Third Place – Outstanding Feature Photo

Nicole Wilson:
            Honorable Mention – Outstanding Personality Profile

Emily Lorton:
            Honorable Mention – Outstanding In-Depth Reporting

About Monroe County Community College
Founded in 1964, Monroe County Community College is a public, two-year institution supported by tax monies from Monroe County, educational funds from the State of Michigan and student tuition.  

The college’s mission is to enrich and transform lives by providing opportunities and excellence in higher education.  The Main Campus is located at 1555 South Raisinville Road, Monroe, Mich., 48161, with easy access to Toledo and Detroit.  The Whitman Center is located at 7777 Lewis Ave.,Temperance, Mich., 48182, near the Ohio-Michigan Border.  Detailed information about MCCC is available at