Wayne State College

Communication Students Win Golden Leaf Awards at 2024 Media Conference

Published Thursday, April 18th, 2024

KWSC-FM (radio), KWSC-TV (television), and The Wayne Stater (newspaper) took home several top places during the Northern Plains Collegiate Media Association's conference held March 23 on campus.

Several Wayne State College communication students won Golden Leaf Awards during the Northern Plains Collegiate Media Association’s (NPCMA) conference held March 23 at Wayne State College.

Wayne State broadcasting and journalism students competed against undergraduate students from Bethel College, Chadron State College, Concordia University, Doane University, Peru State College, Black Hills State University, and the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

For more information about Wayne State’s Communication Arts Department and the broadcasting and journalism programs, visit Communication Arts, Sports Media, and Journalism.

KWSC-FM radio awards:

Nate Bope and Andrew Reiss, both of Omaha
First place – Best Audio Sports Play-By-Play Announcing

Tucker Ashburn, Riley, Kan.; Nate Bope, Omaha; and Quin Otto, Osceola
Third place – Best Audio Promotional Announcement

Ethan Bohnert, Wayne; Travis Boock, Allen; Quin Otto, Osceola
Second place – Best Audio Promotional Announcement

Grant Ferrell, Lincoln
Third place, Best Audio Feature Story
Third place, Best Audio Public Service Announcement

Sara McKenna, Sioux City, Iowa
First place – Best Audio Public Service Announcement

Jasmine Snyder, Fairbury
Third place, Best Social Media Presence

KWSC-TV television awards:

Becca Arkfeld, Battle Creek
First place – Best Video News Story

Nathan Blizzard, Omaha
First place – Best Public Service Announcement/Promo
Second place – Best Video News Story

Gage Dawson, Neligh
First place – Best Video TV Sports Story

Grant Farrell, Lincoln
Third place – Best Video News Story

Wayne Stater newspaper awards:

Lurye Baxa, Fremont
First place – Best Newspaper Front Page (Print Design) “Floral Shop Thrives”
Third place – Best A&E Story (Feature Writing) “I watched the lowest rated ‘Chucky’ movie so you don’t have to”

Maddie Genoways, Fort Calhoun
Second place – Best Column (Commentary) “A houseplant, a mental health crisis and the road to recovery”
Third place – Best House Ad (Print Design) “Wayne Stater Social Media”

Zaynab Kouatli, Stanton
Third place – Best Column (Commentary) “We need awareness when it comes to digital blackface”

Jayde Teutsch, West Point
Third place – Best Editorial (Commentary) “First generation students are not merely a marketing tactic”