Staff members of Southeastern Louisiana University’s student newspaper The Lion’s Roar were honored in the Better Student Newspaper Competition for their work at the 133rd annual Louisiana Press Association Convention April 20 in Baton Rouge.

For the second year, Michael Dinino Jr. swept all three prizes for his advertising design work in the “Staff Generated-Black and White” category taking first-, second-, and third-place. Dinino, a sophomore art major from Prairieville concentrating in graphic design, also received first and second place awards for his advertising designs in the “Staff Generated-Color” category. His first place designs were both for local businesses, Raxx Pool Hall in the B&W category, and Sarita’s Grill & Cantina in the color category.

“Winning these awards and going to the LPA convention, for me, was a fantastic experience,” Dinino said. “It really makes me feel like I am representing Southeastern, as well as getting my name, along with the school’s name, out there. Ultimately, I hope to be blessed with more opportunities like this in the future.”

Assistant Editor Christopher Martin received a first-place award in the “Best News Story” category for his article covering the Defense of Marriage Act. The junior communication major, of Albany, also earned second-place, third-place and honorable mention awards in the “Best Sports Photo” category.

“It is an honor to receive these awards from the Louisiana Press Association. I have to thank the staff that I work with because without them, my successes would not happen,” Martin said.

Arts and Entertainment editor Sara Patrick, a junior communication major from Houma, received an honorable mention award in the “Best News Story” category.

Freshman Riana Karger received an honorable mention award in the “Most Effective Use of Graphic Design on One Page” category for her artwork that accompanied a story about the dangers of drinking. Karger, a native of Luling majoring in art with a concentration in new media and animation, regularly designs artwork and editorial cartoons for The Lion’s Roar. Senior art major Tony Romain, of Slidell, placed second in the “Best News Photo” category for his photo of a student lip sync competition.

“I am constantly impressed with the content and quality of the work produced by our student staff,” said Student Publications Director Lee E. Lind. “These awards garnered from the LPA show that Southeastern students are among the best and brightest in the state. I’m very proud of what they have accomplished in the past year and look forward to seeing what they can do together in the future.”

The Louisiana Press Association is a state-wide association of Louisiana newspapers and other media founded in 1880. This year 74 newspapers, publications, and college/university student newspapers submitted more than 3,500 entries for judging.

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