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The Current is Named Year's Best College Newspaper by Florida College Press Association

posted on 06/07/2011

The Current Newspaper

After statewide competition, the Florida College Press Association (FCPA) has named The Current this year's Best College Newspaper. This is Eckerd's first win. The Current took first place over The Miami Hurricane (2nd) and the University of Tampa's The Minaret (3rd).

Last year, The Current took third place in the Best College Newspaper category behind Lynn University and Florida A & M University. According to Karen Tower, FCPA president, this year's competition drew the most entries in FCPA history.

In addition to taking top honors, The Current swept the Editorial category. Jeralyn Darling took first place with her "Tampa Tribune article rankles EC community." Aaron Coder took second with "Ground zero mosque debate rages." Editor-in-chief Petra Stevenson took third with her article, "Impending extinction? Has the age of the yellow bike come to an end?"

The Current's Viewpoints editor, Jaclyn New, won first place in the Feature Story category with her article, "Lesson from Nairobi: Smiles lost in translation."

Other Current finalists are:
Ashli Fiorini - Best Front Page Design category, Third place for her Facebook design
William Skinner - Best News Photo, Second place
Kirsten Sengstacke - Best Sports Story, Third place

Tracy Crow, Faculty Adviser for The Current and Assistant Professor of Creative Writing, extends her appreciation:

Special thanks goes to Editor-in-Chief Petra Stevenson for her tireless dedication and leadership way beyond the call of duty. We would also like to thank our hardworking editors Laurel Ormiston, Ashley Daniels, Max Martinez, Jaclyn New, Liz Tomaselli, Jeralyn Darling, Shelby Howell, Cait Duffy, Carver Lee, Shawn Craine, Lincoln Curtis Andres-Beck, and Will Creager, as well as the entire Current staff of reporters, photographers, and journalism students.

We would also like to extend a heartfelt thanks to you, the Eckerd community, for your support these past two years as we rebuilt, redesigned, and even renamed your college newspaper into something that, we hope, makes you proud.

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