By Katie Welz


The Candor Newspaper recently won awards from the Illinois College Press Association. This is a competition where all Illinois college newspapers submit their work to be judged by some of Chicagoland’s leading journalists.

Schools are put into categories based on the enrollment in their school. Benedictine’s newspaper competed in a much more difficult category due to the school’s increase in enrollment. The category also included schools like Columbia and Loyola University Chicago.

This did not stop “The Candor” from having another successful year. The newspaper came home with four awards:  first place sports news story written by Tom Brown, second place editorial cartoon drawn by Ana Koulouris, third place general excellence and an honorable mention feature page design.

Tom Brown, the winner of sports news story commented on his win.

“The article I wrote was about how former men’s soccer Coach Rob Kettle was forced to resign earlier this year. It was a pretty tough and controversial article to write but it was one that I felt needed to be read by not only the athletic community, but by the entire school community,” he said. “I also had a lot of help writing this article from Luke Stanzcyk, the sports editor. Without him, this would have never gotten written.”

Stacy DeLeon, the News Editor of “The Candor,” was also thrilled with the results.

“I was really excited when we got the awards. We all put so much work into the paper. It’s a great feeling to know that it’s being recognized. We really appreciate all of our staff members. We wouldn’t be able to do it without them.”

Samantha Jones, editor in chief, sees these wins as an excellent step into the future for the paper.

She stated, “I’m so proud of our staff and how far we have come. Everyone works so hard and gives every issue their all. To win in the general excellence is a huge deal because the entire paper was judged. This shows that our content, design and photography are truly high quality. My staff is amazing.”