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HAMMOND – Eight Southeastern Louisiana University students have been honored with Gold Circle Awards from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association for their work on the university's 2013 yearbook, "Le Souvenir."
The 2013-2014 Gold Circle Awards attracted more than 4, 200 entries from yearbook and digital media from colleges, universities and secondary schools throughout the United States. Gold Circle Awards are offered to recognize superior work by student journalists usually as individuals but sometimes as an entire staff working with either print or online media.
"We are very proud of the work these students have done," said Director of Student Publications Lee E. Lind. "Through their hard word, dedication, and desire to excel they have earned recognition on the national level while continuing a strong tradition here at Southeastern."
Co-editors Claire Babin and M.J. Dinino, graphic design sophomores from Prairieville, were both recognized for their design work in the areas of "multi-page sports presentation for yearbooks" and their presentation of "student headshot photos." Dinino was also recognized for his work in "caption/cutline writing for yearbooks."
Chris Martin, a communication senior from Albany was recognized for his work on multi-page sports presentations. Jasmine Tate, a communication senior from Mt. Hermon and assistant editor of "The Lion's Roar," and Katelyn Robillard, biology senior from Brusly, were honored for their work on captions and cutlines.
"I am thankful for the skills and opportunities I've gained in my career with Student Publications. 'Le Souvenir' gives students a platform to showcase the academic and student life at Southeastern while also preserving the memories of its faculty, staff and student body," said Tate. "Caption and cutline writing adds meaning to photography, giving readers deeper insight to a photo beyond what is seen on a page."
Shanell Sanders, a freshman art major from Houma, and Abbie Corkern, a 2013 graphic design graduate from Franklinton, were recognized for their work in multi-page presentations of student life and for student life single spread respectively; and Julianna Papa, a junior from Covington, was honored for her work in feature presentations.
"I am honored to win a certificate of merit for my work. The Gold Circle Awards are prestigious distinctions given only to select students around the country. In a competitive field such as multi-page presentations in sports, any recognition is a major accomplishment," said Martin.
The CSPA is an international student press association, founded in 1925, uniting student journalists and faculty advisers at schools and colleges through educational conferences, idea exchanges and award programs.