It’s not just the university sports teams that continually represent the school with wins.
In the past couple of weeks, both the campus newspaper, The Bells, and the campus yearbook, The Bluebonnet, went to the annual journalism competition, Texas Intercollegiate Press Association held in Kerrville.
Additionally, the speech team traveled to Hutchinson, Kansas, where they won a first place.
The Bells newspaper won 45 awards at TIPA‘s annual competition where
there were many on site contests in which students could participate. The staff of The Bells won several awards varying from TV Sports Writing to Print Ad Design.
In addition to the on site contests, many entries of the newspaper were sent
in to be judged prior to the convention. With these entries, the campus newspaper again won dozens of awards, including the most prestigious, First Place Sweepstakes in its division.
The editor-in-chief for the paper is senior mass communication/journalism major, Kennan Neuman. She has worked on The Bells for three years and enjoys seeing her fellow writers winning for their hard work.
“I was so glad to see that it hadn’t been overconfidence, when we won Sweepstakes. I’ve seen our staff really come together, not only on a professional level to put the newspaper together, but I’ve seen work relationships develop and blossom into friendships. That to me is the icing on the cake of winning so much at TIPA,” she said.
The yearbook did equally as well.
The adviser for the fifth year is Avery Reese. She is proud of The Bluebonnet staff for winning the highest award, First Place Sweepstakes.
“Seeing my yearbook editors grow both personally and academically throughout their four years here at UMHB is the most satisfying aspect of my job as yearbook adviser,” Reese said.
She talked about how all of the stress yet dedication putting the yearbook together paid off in the end.
“Sweeping the TIPA competition is such a gratifying experience, not just for me, but for the staff,” she said. “Being recognized for all their hard work and having it pay off in contests is truly what it’s all about.”
During the same time as the TIPA convention, the university speech team traveled to Kansas to participate in the 28th Annual Novice Nation speech competition.
With 32 different schools competing from around the country, first-time attendee for the Cru was sophomore cell biology major Lindsey Pearce.
She had never been a part of a speech team before, but was honored when communication and media studies Professor Kathy Owens asked if she would like to go on the trip after only reciting one speech in class.
“Meeting so many different people and being a part of the winning team was amazing for me,” Pearce said.
“I didn’t expect to get first because there was another school from Houston that did extremely well, but I think the judges liked ours a little more,” she said.
There weren’t only group events either. Sophomore communication major Jasmine Austin made it to the semi-finals round in her contest, going further than any other UMHB student. She performed a poem written by Taylor Mali called “What Learning Leaves,” a poem dedicated to teachers.