Kansas communicators earn awards in state, national contest


Congratulations to the many talented members of Wichita Professional Communicators who earned state and national honors this year for their work.

From left to right: WPC and KPC members attended the NFPW Conference in Fargo, N.D., including Kristin Bogner, Monica Springer, Katie Cantrell, Gwen Larson, Kindra Goertzen and Amy Geiszler-Jones. (KPC photo)

Awards from the Kansas Professional Communicators’ annual competition were presented during the KPC spring awards luncheon at Heart of Country Catering in Goddard. The competition recognizes excellence in categories including writing, editing, design, photography and public relations. Media covered included print, broadcast and websites.

At the conclusion of statewide judging, all entries that earned first place in the Kansas contest moved on to competition in the National Communications Contest sponsored by the National Federation of Press Women. The national contest winners were announced June 25 during the 2022 NFPW Conference in Fargo, N.D.

Those who earned awards this year included:

  • Rachel Bell, Steve Hewitt and Brett Eitzen, KPC first place, NFPW honorable mention, podcast.
  • Kristen Bogner, KPC first place, NFPW first place, social media; KPC third place, electronic newsletter
  • Katie Cantrell, KPC second place, special interest video for web; KPC third place, public relations material, report; KPC honorable mention, social media campaign.
  • Debbie Elmore, KPC second place, personality profile more than 500 words; KPC first place, NFPW honorable mention, social issues article; KPC second place, news story; KPC second place, sports article; KPC second place, government or politics article; KPC second place, personality profile more than 500 words.
  • Jennifer Eaton, KPC honorable mention, electronic newsletter.
  • Kindra Goertzen, KPC first place, NFPW first place, public relations materials, report; KPC first place, NFPW honorable mention, public relations material, brochure; KPC second place, public relations material, report; KPC second place, electronic newsletter.
  • Darcy Gray, KPC first place, NFPW first place, photographer-writer.
  • Darcy Gray, Jennifer Eaton and Belinda Venters, KPC first place, NFPW honorable mention, electronic newsletter.
  • Madeline McCullough, David Diaz, Anita Chokbengboun, Raquel Diaz, Trey Greening and Joseph Nichols, KPC first place, NFPW honorable mention, advertising campaign.
  • Madeline McCullough, Dawsyn Long, Melissa Tran, Lori Froehlich, Jessica Oldenettel, Spencer Hynes, Theresa Tran, Jennifer Qualls and Mariah Relph, KPC first place, NFPW honorable mention, public relations campaign.
  • Cheryl Miller, KPC second place, newsletter editing; KPC second place, personality profile, 500 words or fewer; KPC second place, general column.
  • Wilma Moore-Black, KPC second place, arts + entertainment article.
  • Angie Prather, KPC second place, single photograph.
  • Angie Prather, Kindra Goertzen and Kristin Bogner, KPC first place, NFPW third place, television advertisement; KPC third place, video for web.
  • Belinda Venters, KPC first place, NFPW second place, ghost-written article.
  • Belinda Venters, Jennifer Eaton and Darcy Gray, KPC first place, NFPW first place, publication editing.

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