Baker newspaper, student named best in state
Baker University's student newspaper and its editor claimed the top spots during the Kansas Associated Collegiate Press awards Friday and Saturday in Wichita.
Alicia Henrikson, editor of The Baker Orange, was named Collegiate Journalist of the Year, beating out students from four-year institutions across the state. Henrikson, a senior from McPherson, is the first Baker student to win this award.
The Baker Orange won the KACP All-Kansas award as the best student newspaper in the four-year private college's category. Scoring is based on an assessment of three consecutive issues of the newspaper and determined by an out-of-state judge. The Orange previously won the All-Kansas award in 1998. The Orange staff also won first place in the special sections competition for a project on diversity and an honorable mention for a special section about Baldwin City's elections.
Baker's 1999 Wildcat won a silver medal in the overall competition for yearbook. Jennifer Patterson, a 1999 Baker graduate from Hutchinson, was its editor. Wildcat staff also won second place in theme development and an honorable mention in cover page design.
"These students work incredibly hard all year long for very little credit," said Gwyn Mellinger, Baker assistant professor of journalism. "This year they redesigned and doubled the size of the paper which took a lot of effort and dedication. It's great to see their commitment recognized."
Baker's Orange staff won 40 awards in the KACP's individual competitions for collegiate journalists; the 1998-99 Wildcat staff won five.
Individual winners in the KACP were: Cassie Haas, Gridley, honorable mention; Jill Cormode, Lancaster, freshman, honorable mention; Allison Apple, Louisburg, sophomore, second place, third place, honorable mention, shared honorable mentions; Alicia Henrikson, McPherson, senior, first, second, third places, and honorable mention, and shared honorable mention; Luke Walters, Russell, freshman, first place; Kay Hammons, Shawnee, sophomore, second place, and honorable mention; Leah Watkins, Shawnee, sophomore, shared honorable mention; Laura Leffler, Shawnee Mission, sophomore, honorable mention; Peter Proctor, Topeka, senior, first, second and third place; Chris Moon, Valley Center, junior, first, second, third place, honorable mention and shared honorable mention; Steve Ard, Wellsville, senior, shared honorable mention; Brendan O'Bryhim, Wichita, first and third place and honorable mention.
Philip Lofflin, Kansas City, Mo., sophomore, shared first place, second place, honorable mention and shared honorable mention; Mark Goodwin, Richmond, senior, honorable mention. Emma Meador, Checotah, Okla., freshman, honorable mention.