HBU speech, journalism teams lauded nationally

HOUSTON?The Houston Baptist University Mock Trial team placed third at the Quaker Classic Mock Trial Tournament held at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and the school’s yearbook and newspaper took honors at a Baptist Press student conference.

Among the mock trial teams, Princeton University won first place and Penn State University took second place. The HBU team competed against schools such as George Washington University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Columbia University.

“We had a fun experience at this tournament,” said Christopher Salinas, associate professor of speech communications and mock trial coach. “It was fantastic to see how well our students competed against students from across the country.”

Members of the team are sophomores Adam Achierno, Derrick Owens, junior Melissa Salvador and seniors Justin Kelly, Cher Cambridge, Chris Watts and Mandy Hess. And keeping up with the standard set by previous Houston Baptist University student publications, the Ornogah yearbook and the Collegian newspaper have started the year winning awards.

The Ornogah earned not only the President’s Award given to junior Megan Baumgardner at the Baptist Press Student Journalism Conference in October, but seven individual awards.

Nicole Dees, a 2003 HBU graduate, previous editor and current adviser, won first place in Art/Illustration and first place in Best Overall/Single Spread. Sophomore Jessica Smith earned first in Club/Portrait/Academic and senior Heather Mooney took second in Sports Copy.

Baumgardner won second and third place in Club/Portrait/Academic. Senior Sally Ruiz and junior Shaun Bradshaw took second place in Student Life Copy.

The Collegian also took two awards at the Baptist Press Student Journalism Conference. Senior Shauna Couri placed first in Center-Spread Design and former student Marcus Gafford took second place in Black and White Creative/Artistic Photojournalism.

The Collegian entered the Columbia Scholastic Press Association newspapercritique for the first time this year and won the Silver Medalist Award. The staff was 16 points from the Gold Medalist Award.

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