The Voice staff (front row, left to right) Drew Foote, Ronald Sitton (advisor), Craig Beckerman and Jennifer Lawrence. (Back row, left to right) Dylan Cash Miles, Josh Bodiford, Chris Guzman and Clint Blasengame. Not pictured Susan Pruitt and Kelly Reed. Photo courtesy of Rodney Hill

The University of Arkansas at Monticello’s online newspaper The Voice placed third among online publications at the 2013 Arkansas College Media Association Media Contest April 26 at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia.

UAM competed with the University of Arkansas, Arkansas Tech, University of Central Arkansas, Harding, Henderson, Southern Arkansas University, Ouachita Baptist University and John Brown University. UCA’s The Fountain won first place while OBU’s The Signal was second.

Individually, Jennifer Lawrence of Wilmar and Susan Pruitt of Monticello became the first Voice staff members to win first place honors at the state competition in any category.  Lawrence became the first multiple first place winner, capturing top honors in news writing for her article “Gun Safety: Preventing Violence On Campus,” as well as headline writing. Lawrence also received a third place award for an editorial entitled “State Legislature Signs 12-Week Abortion Ban.”

Pruitt won first place honors for an election/political article entitled “Biden Exposes Ryan’s ‘Malarky’ In Vice Presidential Debate.” She took second place for her arts and entertainment review “Self Proclaimed Hippie Put the Blues Back in R&B” and received honorable mentions for an article on a meeting or speech entitled “UAM Student Presents Seminar on Stress Management” and a breaking news article labeled “UAM Professor Arrested Twice in One Week.”

D.C. Miles of McGehee received two different awards for his work. His personality profile story headlined “Assistant Professor of Psychology Talks About Her Childhood Struggles and Teaching” earned a third place award. He also won third place honors for his election and political article “Discovering All Political Options While Learning to Avoid Propaganda.”

Kelly Reed of Bentonville brought home a second place award for her meeting or speech article “Assembly Discusses Converting Phone Lines, Renovations.”

Craig Beckerman of Van Buren received an honorable mention in sports writing for his article “Rodeo Coach Reveals Intricacies of Bull Riding at the Boll Weevil Stampede.”

Josh Bodiford of Monticello received third place for his art/illustration “UAM Wishes You A Merry Christmas And A Happy New Year.”