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Former Roxbury Student Wins State Journalism Award

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Left to right, top to bottom: Nick Sisti, Brett Friedensohn, Cecilia McGuinness, Beth Peter, Amanda Aller, Marisa Goglia, Drew Notarnicola, Moe Rahmatullah. Credits: CCM
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ROXBURY, NJ -  A County College of Morris student from Roxbury was among three journalists awarded for their work in the school’s campus newspaper, The Youngtown Edition, during the 2016-2017 academic year.

Roxbury High School graduate Amanda Aller, now Youngtown’s managing editor, clinched a third-place victory for her arts and entertainment feature story “Timeless ‘West Side Story’ comes to CCM.” Currently a music recording and broadcasting major at CCM, Aller will continue her undergraduate studies in the fall at Drew University in Madison, according to CCM.

Aller’s award was one of four received by The Youngtown Edition, including second place in the 2-year college category for General Excellence in the New Jersey Collegiate Press Association competition for the second consecutive year. The NJCPA’s New Jersey College Newspaper Contest is judged by professional journalists throughout the state.

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Youngtown student journalists brought home two more individual, first-place victories: Copy Editor Marisa Goglia for her profile story titled “CCM Spotlight: Gender club founder on campus for a cause”, and Sports Editor Brett Friedensohn for his “Shooting Hoops to ‘Kill Cancer’” piece.

“It’s exciting to see so many writers who have been consistently putting in the time and work get recognized,” said Beth Peter, Youngtown’s editor in chief. “I’m really proud of Marisa, Brett, Amanda and the whole team.”

The Youngtown Edition is a student-run, bi weekly newspaper established in the fall of 1968; when CCM first opened its doors. The paper has won four Gold Crown Awards from Columbia Scholastic Press Association, as well as numerous awards from the New Jersey Collegiate Press Association.

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