Students working for the Maroon, the student newspaper at Loyola University New Orleans, brought home 14 major awards from the Louisiana Press Association’s 2016 Better Newspaper Competition. The awards included best front page, best editorial page, best news story, best headline, and several top marks for advertising. The Maroon took second place in the general excellence competition.

Winners were selected from more than 2,750 entries from 58 newspapers, publications and college/university student newspapers. The LPA’s Better Newspaper Competition’s editorial contests range from news story writing to graphic design, while the advertising entries were judged based on design, creativity and effectiveness. This year, the Alabama Press Association judged both competitions.

Loyola’s student-run newspaper competed against similar newspapers from larger universities. Other schools recognized were: Xavier University, Louisiana State University, Louisiana Tech University, Southeastern Louisiana University and Delgado Community College. Of the six universities, Loyola took home the highest number of prizes.

Individual winners included Rebecca Trejo, news story, first; Mark Robinson, news story, second; Lauren Saizan, news story, third; Karla Rosas, use of graphic, second; Naasha Dotiwala, use of graphic, third; Khadija Aziz, staff-generated ad and static online ad, first; and Mary Graci, overall website, second.

The honors were announced June 18 during the Louisiana Press Association convention in Lake Charles.