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The Bachelor Staff Wins 18 ICPA Awards

The Bachelor staff took home 18 individual awards Saturday  at the Indiana Collegiate Press Association’s annual convention at Ball State University. The staff’s 18 awards led to an overall second place award for Division III newspaper of the year.

The 18 individual awards for submissions from the last calendar year were spread among 13 staffers—two of whom graduated last year.

Joel Bustamante ’11 and Michael Carper took first place honors for feature page design. Bustamante’s cartoon also received a first. Alex Moseman ’11, Ian Baumgardner, and Kelly Sullivan helped propel the publication to its second place overall ranking with first place awards for their work in photography. Kyle Bender and Brandan Alford received multiple second and third place awards for sports writing. Reed Hepburn’s opinion column and Alex Totten’s entertainment column earned them second place awards in those respective categories. Gabe Watson, John Dykstra, and Riley Floyd received seconds for news/feature stories and in-depth reporting, respectively.

"I am extremely proud of the Bachelor guys' effort," Adviser Howard Hewitt said. "We have to remind ourselves that all of our competitors in the ICPA have established journalism academic programs. For us to win two best newspaper awards in the past four years and to finish second this year is really a remarkable achievement by these Wabash men."

1st Place Feature Page Design: Joel Bustamante and Michael Carper, "Looking sharp, and Playing the Part"
1st Place Photo Essay: Ian Baumgardner, "National Act"
1st Place News Photo: Kelly Sullivan, "Fingerprint Scanner"
1st Place Sports Photo: Alex Moseman ’11 "Down the Homestretch"
1st Place Feature Photo: Alex Moseman ’11 "Ushering in a New Era"
1st Place Editorial Cartoon: Joel Bustamante, "Your Last-Second Valentine"
2nd Place Sports Photo: Kelly Sullivan, "Swimming Season"
2nd Place In-Depth Story: Riley Floyd, "Living Out the American Creed"
2nd Place Opinion Column: Reed Hepburn, "Why Wabash Needs a Gender
Studies Program"
2nd Place Sports-News Story: Kyle Bender, "Cross Country Wins NCAC"
2nd Place News or Feature Series: John Dykstra, Joel Bustamante, Gabe Watson, "In '11"
2nd Place Sports Feature: Brandan Alford, "Burke Steps Up"
2nd Place Entertainment Column: Alex Totten, "Beirut's The Rip Tide Supports Old Sound"
3rd Place Feature Story: Kyle Bender, "MVP: Made by Victor Powell"
3rd Place Stand-Alone/Pull Out Section: Staff, "Football Preview"
3rd Place Sports Column: Brandan Alford, "Answer to Colts' Problems: Polian Must Go"
3rd Place Overall Design: Staff
3rd Place Special Section or Front-Cover Design: "The Bastard" April 1, 2011
2nd Place Div III Newspaper of the Year