Words from the WPC president: Let’s celebrate some winners

It’s time to celebrate some winners.

At our April meeting, we announced the winner of our $2,000 scholarship: junior Courtney Klaus, a communications major at Newman University who is also the student newspaper editor there. Read more about her here.

WPC also has cause to celebrate some winners among our members. WPC member Angie Prather is representing Kansas Professional Communicators as its 2019 Communicator of Achievement and is going on to compete with other state affiliate COAs for the prestigious NFPW COA honor. Read more about Angie’s win here.

And this year, five WPC members won seven awards in the  NFPW communications contest. I think that might be a record number of national-winning entries for our group – at least in recent memory.

Works by Beth Bower, Madeline McCullough (and her students), Cheryl Miller, Jill Miller and me that had placed first in their respective categories at the KPC level were forwarded to compete in the national contest.

Beth’s documentary, which she talked about working on at our April meeting, had some stiff competition. “The Pie Way” beat out a documentary about Joe Biden and was edged out by a seasoned TV veteran. Beth’s accompanying cookbook to the documentary took second, as well. Madeline McCullough’s brochure placed second, as did Jill Miller’s blog about being “Heart Broken.” Cheryl Miller earned a third- place honor for her less-than-500-word personality profile on the Wichita State Fairmount College dean. A newsletter I edit won second-place and a garden story written for The Eagle won third.

If you have good news to share – whether it’s an award, a new job, attending or presenting at a conference or anything else, we’d love to celebrate with you. Please consider emailing that good news to our nwsbrfs editor, Wilma Moore Black, to include in an upcoming issue of nwsbrfs.

– Amy Geiszler-Jones, WPC president

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