Signal shines at annual KPA awards
The votes are in and the Baldwin City Signal won the Sweepstakes Award at the Kansas Press Association's Annual Convention Saturday in Lawrence. The Sweepstakes Award recognizes the Signal as the best newspaper in the state in its division.
"Winning Sweepstakes is the absolute zenith for the staff at the Signal," said Jeff Myrick, Signal editor/publisher. "Although we are ecstatic for being chosen, we know that really it was Baldwin City that was chosen.
"We thank our readers and advertisers for making this happen," said Myrick. "The support we have received since the Signal became a stand-alone publication March 3, 1999, has been phenomenal. That's what inspires us to do what we do. Baldwin City deserves the best in everything and we will always strive to do what we can to make that happen."
The Signal won a total of 21 awards nine first place, three seconds, five thirds and four honorable mentions, plus the Sweepstakes Award. That was an improvement from last year when the Signal won 18 awards.
First-place awards were in:
Sweepstakes (overall division winner)
News and Writing Excellence
Best Front Page
Design and Layout Excellence
Feature Writing (Family time a short treasure, by Valerie Wolf)
Sports Column Writing (Big Edd Stansberry, by Jeff Myrick)
Sports Writing (Kivett's shot clinches BHS come-back, by Jeff Myrick).
Other awards were:
Feature Package (second place): Music Man was marvelous, by Valerie Wolf and Kim Hubbel
Feature Writing (second place): Positive attitude fights disease, by Andy Woolard
Sports Writing (second place): Defense decisive in Baker bowl win, by Jeff Myrick
Editorial Writing (third place): 'Junk yards' need to go, by Jeff Myrick
Feature Package (third place): Hometown heroes, by Valerie Wolf and Star Novak
Personal Column Writing (third place): What if?, by Andy Woolard
Special Section (third place): Baker Edition
Sports Photography (third place): Baker's Levi Shuck, by Casey Wilson
Feature Package (honorable mention): In sync, by Valerie Wolf
Feature Photography (honorable mention): 'Music Man' was marvelous, by Kim Hubbel
Feature Writing (honorable mention): A leg up, by Valerie Wolf
In-Depth Writing (honorable mention): School Board issue goes to Nov. 7 vote, by Valerie Wolf
"That's an impressive list, obviously, but it points to one of the big reasons the Signal has been so successful the contributions from many people," said Myrick. "With Kim Hubbel and Star Novak, among others, submitting such outstanding photos, everyone gains. Andy Woolard, a student at Baker University, took time out of his busy schedule to chip in with well-written stories and columns. It was gratifying for me to see them honored for their work which they so graciously volunteer.
"But, of course, my biggest individual thank you goes to Valerie Wolf," he said. "She's moved to Nebraska with her husband and we miss her a great deal. She was such a vital part for the Signal, but we'll get by. It was just good to see her honored for her many talents writing, photography and layout in sort of a 'swan song' atmosphere. She enjoyed the awards ceremony Saturday and it was very special for me to have her sitting there with me. I also have to say thanks to Karen Wooge, our office manager, who tries to keep me organized and sane. Those are two very hard jobs and she does it on top of everything else she does."