Western Texas College Students Win Texas Intercollegiate Press Association Awards

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WTC students shine in TIPA broadcasting competition.

WTC's Radio Program has taught me how to communicate more efficiently.

Western Texas College is proud to announce their congratulations to students Chappy Peck, Nik Graves, Amber McCoy, Regan Staudt, DC Harrison, Kara Roberts, Kayla Vernor, and Heather Newton on being 2013 Texas Intercollegiate Press Association Award Recipients.

Western Texas College is the only two-year college to receive awards in the open radio division for four years in a row. The smallest college in enrollment of all the recipients, WTC finished 5th overall in the sweepstakes and 1st among the two-year colleges in the competition.

Heather Newton-Hill from Coahoma, TX says, "Winning this is rewarding. It takes a lot of hard work and dedication to produce a quality piece. Knowing someone else appreciates and enjoys our work is an excellent feeling." Recently married, Heather is finishing her Bachelor's degree in Communications and is pursuing a job in radio.

Kara Roberts, is a WTC student from Hamlin, Texas says of her experience, "The most rewarding part of the competition was seeing our hard work pay off. Because we are a small school, it can be easy to forget just how many people in the community listen to our work. Things like this help remind us that what we create really does matter."

After graduating from WTC, Kara will complete her Bachelor's degree in English at Hardin-Simmons University. Her goal is to be a novelist. "WTC's radio program has taught me how to communicate more efficiently. I'm an introvert by nature. This program has given me confidence and now I'm able to speak publicly to large groups of people."

Reagan Staudt from Colleyville, Texas came to WTC on a softball scholarship. "The most rewarding part of this competition was being able to collaborate with my peers and work together to achieve a common goal." Staudt is taking her next steps at the Radio, Television and Film program at the University of Texas - Austin. A competitive broadcasting program, Staudt earned one of 150 spots out of hundreds that apply.

Of her WTC experience, Staudt observes, "I am really glad I have had the opportunity to attend WTC. It has been the perfect place for me to get started, with great building blocks. It's helped me discover my passion. I'm looking forward to a career in broadcasting and excited to see what the future holds."

WTC's Radio Broadcasting program is led by Geron Scates. He can be reached at gscates(at)wtc(dot)edu.

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