“This is a great ‘coming of age’ story about three athletes working their way through their respective programs like so many others like them across the country,” read the judge’s comments. “They’re exceptional only in that they’re not exceptional, but like so many others, they are dedicated. Along the way they learn a lot of life’s lessons.
“The story illustrates clearly the importance of such activities in the life of young people, and I’m sure was well-read and received by readers,” it continued. “Great job!”
Seth Littrell, a journalism student at Eastern Kentucky University who interned with the Commonwealth Journal this past summer, won several awards for his work in visual media, including first place for “Best Feature Picture.” Littrell got a standout shot of the City of Burnside fireworks show for the Fourth of July holiday, thanks to an angle on a hill at Cole Park that provided a comprehensive view of the scene.
“These are difficult images to capture, but the photographer managed to do it quite well while also capturing some of the spectators at the fireworks show,” read the comments. “It’s a very nice and striking effect, and likely drew a lot of attention from readers. Great job!”
That wasn’t Littrell’s only first-place award — he also won for “Best Spot News Picture.” Littrell snapped a heart-wrenching photo of a mother in distress following a May 21 accident at the SomerPlace apartment complex.
The Commonwealth Journal also took home first place for “Best Business/Agribusiness Page,” with managing editor Ken Shmidheiser, editor emeritus Bill Mardis, and contributing writer Don While all having their names attached to the entry.
“The stories were awesome, layouts were great, and pictures caught my attention immediately,” read the comments. “ ... Loved the overall packages.”