RANDOLPH, NJ — A consistent award-winner, The Youngtown Edition, the student newspaper at County College of Morris (CCM), once again has garnered several top-level honors from the New Jersey Collegiate Press Association (NJCPA). This time the newspaper received six awards in the organization’s 2013-2014 College Newspaper Contest.


“The students who work on The Youngtown Edition are dedicated, professional and excellent at what they do,” says Professor John Soltes, instructor in the CCM Communication Department and adviser for the newspaper. “They put in many hours on reporting, writing, editing, photographing and designing to bring vital news to the CCM community. These state-level awards show that their output is in line with other top college papers and journalism programs among New Jersey’s colleges. I’m very proud of their efforts.”

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Leading the way for Youngtown was Kelby Clark of Pine Brook, who was awarded first place in Biography/Personality Profile for her piece on a CCM fine arts student. This marks the second year in a row a CCM student took home the top spot in this category, as Daniel Chardon of Pompton Plains won last year.


Joining Clark as winners this year are Sandra Riano of Dover, who placed third in Opinion Writing, Giovanna Romazini of Lake Hiawatha, who placed third in Sports Writing, Carol Bermudez Enamorado of Morris Plains, who placed third in Arts and Entertainment, Jordan Barth of Randolph, who placed third in Enterprise/Investigative Reporting, and Toni DeMaio of Parsippany and Chelsea Cattano of Denville, who combined won third place in Overall Website for the newly created Youngtownedition.Wordpress.com. This marks the first time Youngtown has placed in the Overall Website category.


The competition included two-year colleges throughout the state. Winners will be recognized at a luncheon held on Saturday, April 12, at the Courtyard by Marriott Cranbury-South Brunswick. Soltes highlighted the work of former editor in chief Khushbu Kapadia of Kinnelon and current editor in chief Melissa Dellacato of Oak Ridge as being instrumental in bringing the Youngtown team its latest success.


The news comes a year after the newspaper won seven NJCPA awards, including two first places. The publication also received its fifth Gold Medal from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association, the nation’s premiere journalism rating system for college newspapers, last October for editions produced during the 2012-13 academic year.

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Photo: The front page of the Wednesday, January 22, edition of The Youngtown Edition. The County College of Morris student newspaper won six awards from the New Jersey Collegiate Press Association, including first place in Biography/Personality Profile for Pine Brook resident Kelby Clark’s profile featured in this image.