Hastings College student journalists earned 80 Golden Leaf awards from Nebraska Collegiate Media Association. HCTV, the student-run television station, was named 1st in Best Overall Excellence for Television, earning more than twice as many points as its closest competitor. In Best Overall Excellence for Radio, the student-run KFKX finished 2nd while HCMediaOnline also earned 2nd place honors in the Outstanding Digital Media category. The Collegian, one of the oldest student media outlets on campus, was 3rd in the Newspaper category.
Individual results are as follows. As available, links to students’ works have been provided.
Entertainment – Music Video
1st “Youth of the Nation” Colton Spearman ‘13 of Louisville, Colo.
3rd “Kiss Me” Lauren Sawyer ’15 of Gretna, Neb.
Entertainment – Misc.
1st “Bandit Shape Up” Cam Penner ’14 and Sam Gentry ’14, both of Lincoln, Neb.
3rd “The Chase” Ross Struss ’13 of Hastings, Neb.
Honorable Mention “Behind the Scenes” Allen Hamil ’16 of Merrill, Iowa
1st "Quizno's" Gentry
2nd "Eileen's" Gentry
1st "Trotter Inauguration" Penner
Honorable Mention “Weight Room” Spearman
1st “WBB v. Midland” HC Media
1st “Sioux City Coverage” Melissa Ninemire ’14 of Falcon, Colo.
2nd “Comeback City” Kirk Orndorff ‘1x of Loveland, Colo.
3rd “Gray Center Dedication” Struss
Honorable Mention “DSC Xtra” Orndorff
1st “Bronco News Now, Nov. 15” Penner; Gentry; Spearman; Struss; Ninemire;
Nick Strickland ‘14 of Colorado Springs, Colo., Felicia Brazda ‘13 of Wahoo, Neb.; and Will Amyot ‘13 of Hastings, Neb.
1st “Table Talk” Caitlin Hein ’14 of Grand Island, Neb.; Penner, Struss; and Ninemire
Public Service Announcement (PSA)
1st “Food for Thought” Gentry
2nd “Arts” Emily Case ’14 of Gibbon, Neb.
1st “Academic Showcase” Penner
Honorable Mention “BNN Harlem Shake” Gentry
2nd “Falling in Love at HC” Autum Conley ’13 of Bargersville, Ind.
Honorable Mention “Volleyball” Spearman
1st “Going Nowhere Fast” Strickland
2nd “Academic Showcase” Penner
1st MyNAIAtourney.org Hein and Penner
1st “Building a History” Penner
2nd “Last in the Lost Corner – Part 1” Liz McCue ’13 of Omaha, Neb.
Use of Digital Technology
1st HCMediaOnline.org HC Media Online staff
2nd MyNAIAtourney.org Hein and Penner
1st “Bronco News Now: Harlem Shake” Gentry
2nd Hastings College Media Facebook HC Media Online staff
Public Service Announcement
Honorable Mention “Flat Water” Struss and Jen Gold ’12 of Denver, Colo.
Honorable Mention “Social Media Promo” Spearman
1st “Homecoming” Struss and Amyot
Honorable Mention “New Student Days Remote” Kyle Chesterman ’14 of Oxford, Neb.
1st “HC vs. Northwestern WBB” Struss and Andy Butler ‘14 of Hastings, Neb.
Honorable Mention “HC vs. Doane GPAC Final” Struss and Orndorff
1st “Sports Update” Strickland
3rd “Weekly Sports Update” Strickland
Honorable Mention “Sports Update” Maggie Meisinger ‘15 of Littleton, Colo.
1st “Tree Planting Ceremony” Sawyer
2nd “Well Worth It” P.J. Mullen ‘15 of Des Moines, Iowa
1st “Living Center” Sawyer
3rd “Library Update” Sawyer
2nd “CKS_Production_NARF” Spearman
Honorable Mention “Liner” Orndorff
Honorable Mention “Cornstalk Talk” Struss
1st Randy Marx ’13 of Hastings, Neb.
1st Kaitlin Grode ’14 of Omaha, Neb.
Hard News/Spot News Reporting
Honorable Mention Nikki Sherrill ‘16 of Windsor, Colo.
3rd and Honorable Mention Jessica Richard ‘13 of Lincoln, Neb.
Overall Layout & Design
3rd The Collegian staff
Page-One Layout & Design
2nd Sarah Mindrup ’15 from Elkhorn, Neb.
Two-Page, Special-Spread Design
3rd Laura Bernero ’13 from Highlands Ranch, Colo.
1st Chloe Ekberg ’13 from Omaha, Neb.
Founded in 1882, Hastings College is a private, four-year liberal arts institution located in Hastings, Nebraska, that focuses on student academic and extracurricular achievement. With 64 majors in 32 areas of study and 12 pre-professional programs, Hastings College has been named among “America’s Best National Liberal Arts Colleges” by U.S. News & World Report, a “Best in the Midwest” by The Princeton Review and a “Best Buy in College Education” by Barron’s. Visit Hastings.edu for more.