Sophia Mattimiro
Editor-in-Chief

Pictured left to right: Matti Oshin, Social Media; Sophia Mattimiro, Editor-in-Chief; Chris Birks, Adviser; Zaakirah Mujid. Photo Credit: Zaakirah Mujid

This past weekend on Friday, February 21st and Saturday, February 22nd, The Candor editors attended the Illinois College Press Association’s annual conference in Chicago. The staff took home 5 different awards.

Every year student newspapers across the state enter pieces they have published to be recognized by the ICPA in an awards ceremony. Categories range from ads and headline writing, to news, sports, and column articles. The newspapers are also divided into three categories: non-daily publications with schools with enrollment under 4,000; non-daily publications with enrollment over 4,000; and daily publications. The Candor competed against other publications in the non-daily under 4,000 category. This included North Central College, Dominican University, and Elmhurst College.

Zaakirah Mujid and Jennifer Flores took first place in News with their collaborated article “Former St. Procopius Monk and Instructor Named in Recent Report on Sex Abuse”. Mujid also placed fourth for her multimedia publication “Benedictine Ranked #9 For Highest Debt in Illinois”.

Sports editor Joey Spahn received a second place award for his article “BU Coach Allegedly Has Relationship with Athlete; Raises Questions on Boundary Clarity”.

Two perspectives articles were also recognized, starting with Andrew Tran’s article “Just You Wait We Will Rise up and Make a Change,” which received an honorable mention.

Last but not least, Dielle Ochotorena received a first place award for her piece “You Know Her Story, Now Learn Her Name”.

“Placing in two categories this past weekend is by far the best thing to happen to me as a student journalist. I love reporting and winning a press award at the state level makes the hard work over the years even more worth it,” said Mujid about the ICPA conference.

The Candor is looking forward to another year of making a difference.