Image courtesy of Dr. Noreen O’Connor Left to right: Tara Zdancewicz, Brittany Czerniakowski, Stephanie Zedolik, Catherine Aiello and Michael Hoskins proudly display one of the “Crown’s awards.
Image courtesy of Dr. Noreen O’Connor
Left to right: Tara Zdancewicz, Brittany Czerniakowski, Stephanie Zedolik, Catherine Aiello and Michael Hoskins proudly display one of the “Crown’s awards.

Staff members of “The Crown,” the King’s College student-run newspaper, recently received awards for their efforts this past school year.

The first award was given to Stephanie Zedolik, the paper’s editor-in-chief. Zedolik received an honorable mention in the review category of the 2015 Keystone Press Awards. The awards are broken up into categories according to student population and whether the entry was college or high school level, and are awarded for a variety of stories.

Zedolik won for review of a podcast titled “Travel Through the Goofy History of Medicine with Sawbones.” She attended the awards luncheon held at Hershey Lodge on April 1. The winners received certificates and were recognized for their accomplishments. Faculty advisor for “The Crown,” Noreen O’Connor, was also present at the luncheon.

Zedolik is in her first year as editor-in-chief and is proud of all the work the staff has put into the newspaper.

“I consider my article’s win a win for ‘The Crown’ as a whole, because I wouldn’t have been able to do it without the help of my staff and advisers,” she said.

In addition to Zedolik’s individual award, the paper as a whole received recognition as well.

“The Crown” won a second place award in the American Scholastic Press Association 2014-2015 Annual Newspaper Review and Contest, which was also divided into college and high school categories. For this contest, “The Crown” submitted two whole issues to be judged, and everything from content to layout was taken into consideration.

The American Scholastic Press Association’s contest provides not only an award and recognition, but also critical feedback, something the staff of “The Crown” found invaluable.

“Not only were we able to try for an award itself, but the two issues we sent in from the Fall 2014 semester were critiqued and a list of suggestions for improvement was given,” Zedolik said. “It was great to get professional feedback and see what we’re doing well and what needs some work.”

The staff took these suggestions into consideration while making decisions for next year.

“With these suggestions, we can only get better,” Zedolik said.

The staff plans to enter competitions next year in the hopes of winning more awards.