Arches Awards

I have been the adviser of Arches, the student news publication of Mount Mary University, for the past nine years. When I first began advising, Arches was rated a third-class publication by the Associated Collegiate Press. Today, it is a first-class publication with distinction in multiple categories, and is recognized both regionally and nationally for excellence in journalism. In fact, the Arches website, www.ArchesNews.com, was a finalist for a Pacemaker award, which is often referred to as the “Pulitzer Prize in student journalism.”

Below are the awards that Arches has received since fall 2009, when we began entering journalism competitions.

2015-2016:

  • Arches was named a first class newspaper from the Associated Collegiate Press.
  • Brittany Seemuth, the most recent editor-in-chief of Arches, was named a Future Headliner by the Wisconsin Newspaper Association (WNA). Every year, the WNA selects 5 rising stars working in the Wisconsin newspaper industry as emerging leaders in news media. Award recipients are either students or professionals younger than 30. This year, Brittany was one of the five Future Headliner award winners and was the ONLY student to win the award! This is a very competitive award and is a wonderful reflection of the high quality of work that our students are producing. Brittany was recognized at the WNA’s annual convention and trade show on Friday, Feb. 25. Check out the video she made for the WNA convention about her experiences working on Arches by clicking here.
  • On Jan. 29-31, Arches staff members traveled to Minneapolis for the annual ACP Best of the Midwest College Journalism Convention and won 7 Best of Show awards, including:

Arches competed against publications many times its size, including established publications from the University of Minnesota, Iowa State and the University of Wisconsin campuses.

  • Arches staff members presented a panel at the annual Associated Collegiate Press Best of the Midwest convention. It was the only student panel among a series of professional panels. The panel, called “Transitioning from a Newspaper to a Magazine: Strategies for Success,” explored how Arches’ design, concept, content and advertising strategies evolved during its transition to a magazine.
  • On Feb. 26, Arches staff members attended the Wisconsin Newspaper Association Annual Convention, where they participated in the collegiate Better Newspaper Contest. Staff members won the following awards:
    • Graphics, First Place, Rennie Patterson-Bailey
    • Graphics, Third Place, Sheila Suda
    • Feature Writing, First Place, Leea Glasheen
    • Feature Writing, Second Place, Nhung Nguyen
    • General Reporting, First Place, Sara Raasch
    • Column Writing, Third Place, Shannon Venegas
  • Arches staff members won the following awards in the Milwaukee Press Club’s annual collegiate competition on Friday, May 13:
  • Nhung Nguyen, the new editor-in-chief of Arches, won a $1,500 scholarship from the Wisconsin Newspaper Association for her work on Arches.

2014-2015:

  • Arches was named a first class newspaper from the Associated Collegiate Press.
  • Arches staff members won two awards at the annual Associated Collegiate Press Best of the Midwest competition, held Feb. 7-9 in Minneapolis:
    • First place, Single Page Design, Natalie Guyette for Creative Works – Winter Issue
    • Third place, Best of Show, Four-year non-weekly newspaper
  • Arches staff members won multiple Collegiate Newspaper Contest awards at the Wisconsin Newspaper Association Annual Convention and Trade Show, held Feb. 27, 2015 at the Milwaukee Marriott West:
  • Brittany Seemuth, Arches’ editor-in-chief, won the All-Star Award for campus organization leaders at the Student Organization Banquet on April 30.
  • Rennie Patterson-Bailey, Arches’ art director, won the Most Spirited Award for campus organization leaders at the Student Organization Banquet on April 30.
  • Arches staff members won multiple awards from the Milwaukee Press Club’s annual Excellence in Journalism Competition on May 15:

This year’s contest garnered more than 500 entries from throughout Wisconsin in professional and collegiate divisions.

  • Brittany Seemuth, Arches editor-in-chief, secured a competitive full-time paid internship through the Wisconsin Newspaper Association. She spent the summer working as a full-time reporter for the Campbellsport News and Kewaskum Statesman.
  • Megan Biere, Arches staff member, received a scholarship to attend the ACP’s summer journalism training camp this summer to learn digital storytelling.

2013-2014:

  • Arches was a finalist for a Pacemaker Award through the Associate Collegiate Press for website excellence. (The Pacemaker is referred to as the Pulitzer Prize of student journalism.) Mount Mary is the only college in the Midwest to place in its category.
  • Arches won 3rd place, Best Multimedia Package, at the Best of the Midwest ACP College Media Convention, Minneapolis, Feb. 10, 2014.
  • Arches staff members were presented with numerous awards at the Wisconsin Newspaper Association Annual Convention and Trade Show, Feb. 27-28, 2014, Milwaukee, including:
    • First Place for Best Graphic – Parade of Presidents by Barbara Kolb
    • First Place for Best Advertisement – FSI by Barbara Kob
  • Arches took 6th place in the Best of Show competition at the national ACP/CMA College Media Convention in New Orleans, Oct. 26, 2013.
  • Arches was named a first class newspaper from the Associated Collegiate Press.
  • Brittany Seemuth, Arches’ editor-in-chief, was named a finalist  for “Student Employee of the Year.”

2012-2013:

  • Arches was a finalist for a Pacemaker Award through the Associate Collegiate Press for website excellence. (The Pacemaker is referred to as the Pulitzer Prize of student journalism.) Mount Mary is the only college in the Midwest to place in its category. The award winners will be announced at the 92nd Annual ACP/CMA National College Media Convention in New Orleans on Oct. 26, 2013.
  • Arches won 3rd place in the Best of Show category at the national Associate Collegiate Press Fall Media Convention that was held in Chicago, Nov. 1-4, 2012. Arches competed against colleges of all sizes from across the nation, including large state schools with daily newspapers and a staff several times our size.
  • Arches was named a first class newspaper from the Associated Collegiate Press, with two marks of distinction.
  • Barb Kolb, Arches’ art director, was given the “All-Star Award” at Mount Mary’s student government awards banquet, honoring students actively involved in student organizations.
  • Shannon Venegas, Arches’ editor-in-chief, was given the “Most Spirited Award” at Mount Mary’s student government awards banquet, honoring students actively involved in student organizations.
  • Arches won several awards at The Wisconsin Newspaper Association (WNA) annual Collegiate Better Newspaper competition in February 2013, including:
    • First Place – General Web Excellence – archesnews.com – Staff
    • First Place – Graphics – Branded, Fantasy Football, Marketing Yourself – Barbara Kolb
    • First Place – Sports Reporting – “Angels plunge into special Olympics head first” – Shantae Chapman
    • First Place – Best Advertisement – Carizma – Barbara Kolb
    • Second Place – Graphics – Bump up Your Backside, Jaci’s Awards, Polar Plunge – Melissa Lor
    • Second Place – Best Editorial – “Rise above Mount Mary’s mean girls” – Nastassia Putz
    • Honorable Mention – General Reporting – Branded – Kirby McMahon

Arches competed against newspapers throughout Wisconsin for these prestigious awards.

2011-2012:

  • Arches won “Best of Show” (first place) for four-year, non-weekly newspapers at the Associated Collegiate Press Best of the Midwest College Journalism Convention, Feb. 2012, Minneapolis, Minn.. Arches competed against schools of all sizes across the Midwest for this prestigious award.
  • Arches staff members were presented with the following awards at the Wisconsin Newspaper Association Annual Convention and Trade Show, Feb. 23-24, 2012, Middleton, Wis.:
    • Second place award for general Website excellence – Arches staff members
    • Second place award for sports reporting – “Jordon Osley leads off and off the court” by Rodolfo Piana
    • Third place award for graphics – “Spring Scopes” by Nastassia Putz
    • Third place award for general reporting – “Professionals debate benefits of wearing rocker-bottom shows” by Danielle Goetz
  • Arches was named a first class newspaper from the Associated Collegiate Press, with three marks of distinction in coverage & content, layout & design and leadership. Arches was only 10 points away (out of 1,090 total points) from being named an All-American Newspaper, the highest honor given by the ACP.

2010-2011:

  • Arches brought home a 5th place “Best of Show” award for its website, archesnews.com, at the Associated Collegiate Press Best of the Midwest College Journalism Convention, Feb. 11-13, 2011, Minneapolis, Minn. Arches competed against schools of all sizes across the Midwest for this prestigious award.
  • Arches was named a first class newspaper from the Associated Collegiate Press, with marks of distinction in writing & editing.
  • The Wisconsin Newspaper Association (WNA) awarded Arches third place for General Excellence in its “Better Newspaper Contest,” sponsored by the WNA Foundation. Arches competed against newspapers throughout Wisconsin for this prestigious award.
  • Also in the “Better Newspaper Contest,” Arches staff members Kameryn Opatken received third place for graphics and Shannon Somers-Mueller received honorable mention for column writing.

2009-2010:

  • Two Arches staff members were given prestigious awards from the Wisconsin Newspaper Association’s “Better Newspaper Contest.” The annual contest recognizes student achievements in college newspapers for pieces published in the previous academic year. The judge’s panel is comprised of Wisconsin newspapers’ publishers, general managers, editors, reporters, photographers, copy editors and other staffers. Mount Mary’s award recipients were selected from 2,130 total editorial entries from 31 daily and 75 weekly newspapers. The award winners were honored at an awards luncheon at the annual Wisconsin Newspaper Association Convention on Friday, February 12.
    • Elaina Meier won Second Place – Best Editorial for “Obama Offers Potential for Real Change,” published in the November, 2008 issue of Arches. Meier is a Mount Mary graduate student in the M.A. in English/Writing program.
    • Frances Czapski won Third Place – Column Writing for “Obscure Observations in Munich,” published in May, 2009. Czapski, a recent graduate of the College’s English – Professional Writing program.
  • Arches was also upgraded from a Third Class status to Second Class Status by the Associated Collegiate Press.