Students from The Lion’s Roar, the newspaper of Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, recently received awards at the joint conference of the Louisiana Press Association and the Louisiana/Mississippi Associated Press Media Editors held in New Orleans. The Lion’s Roar received awards from both organizations, including a third-place award in the general excellence category, a news release said.

“I am thrilled to see Southeastern receive so many awards from the Louisiana Press Association,” said Sara Patrick, former editor of the paper. “My work with the newspaper gave me a wide variety of skills that I will continue to use in my future career.”

Patrick, a communications major from Houma, graduated in May after four years on the Student Publications staff. She was recognized with third place in best news photography by the LPA and second place in college spot news photos by the APME.

Christopher Martin, of Albany, a December 2014 communications graduate, placed first in college feature photos for the APME competition. Martin is currently a news page designer with The Advocate.

Fernanda Chagas, a senior graphic design major from Belo Horizonte, Brazil, earned a first place award from the LPA in the staff-generated color advertising category for her design of an ad for the Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival. Chargas also is editor in chief of SLU’s student yearbook, Le Souvenir.

Cyprien Campeaux, a senior fine arts major from Haughton, won second place in the LPA’s staff-generated black and white advertising category for his design for local business Wyatt’s Comics. He also is on the staff of Le Souvenir.

“Our students consistently earn high recognition for their endeavors with The Lion’s Roar,” said Lee E. Lind, SLU’s director of Student Publications. “These young student-professionals work very hard to not only keep our campus community well informed but also develop extensive skills while doing so. Their dedication and achievements are remarkable.”