Loyola Marymount University students Jose Martinez and Samantha Pennacchio of the Los Angeles Loyolan newspaper and Aaron Williams of ROAR Network have been named winners in the 26th annual Gold Circle Awards by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association, which recognizes the best in student media from around the nation.
Martinez, the sophomore opinion editor, placed first in the General or Humor Commentary category for his column “Stupendously stupid slang,” which appeared in fall 2008. Pennacchio, who graduated in fall 2008, won first place in the advertising layout category Single Color Advertisement for her ad promoting the Loyolan’s election coverage. Williams, a senior and ROAR Network’s general manager, won first place for Best Commercial.
“It’s always nice when students who work so hard, on deadline, get recognized,” said Tom Nelson, director of student media.
The Gold Circle Awards honor student reporters, editors, designers, photographers, artists, poets and fiction writers. This year’s contest attracted 12,037 entries from colleges, universities and secondary schools.
In all, LMU students were honored with 11 awards. Other Gold Circle Award honorees were:
- Sharla Berry, Los Angeles Loyolan, second place, Personal Opinion: On-Campus Issues, “Associated Students of the Lamely Misinformed”
- Zachary Snyder, ROAR Network, second place, Documentary, “Partnering With History”
- David Reilly, Los Angeles Loyolan, commendable mention, Art/Illustration: Hand Drawn, “Fat Cat”
- David Reilly, Los Angeles Loyolan, commendable mention, Art/Illustration: Hand Drawn, “Same Sex Marriage”
- Joseph Hodara, Los Angeles Loyolan, commendable mention, Typography: A Designed or Art Headline, “Market Crisis Affects LMU?”
- Zachary Snyder and Jonathan Urbanus, ROAR Network, commendable mention, News Package, “Hip-Hop Dialogue”
- Jeremy Flores and Eva Kosmas, ROAR Network, commendable mention, Feature Package, “L.A. Eats”
- The Tower yearbook, staff, commendable mention, Theme and Concept, “Chroma.”