Written by: Staff

The College VOICE won the following awards for 2013-2014


Society of Professional Journalists’ Mark of Excellence Awards – Region 1

First Place – Feature Writing

“Leon Rainbow uses graffiti art to bring color to Trenton” by Stephen Harrison, The College VOICE, Mercer County Community College

First Place – Breaking News Photography

“Faculty protest at annual gala” by Zac Santanello and Haley Monek, The College VOICE, Mercer County Community College

Finalist – Feature Photography

“Flexing their metal muscle” by Zac Santanello, The College VOICE, Mercer County Community College


New Jersey Press Association – Better Newspaper Awards

College Newspaper Awards 2013-2014

14 Awards including General Excellence

7 1st place awards

4 2nd place awards

3 3rd place awards

Category Place Article
General Excellence FIRST March 2013- March 2014
News Writing
Staff of The College VOICE FIRST “Professors picket annual gala”
Feature Writing
Stephen Harrison FIRST “Life as a homeless vet”
Sean O’Connor SECOND “Research raises concerns for online students”
James Reslier-Wells &Mariana Braz THIRD “To get guns off the streets, buybacks aren’t efficient”
Personality Profile
Kevin Xavier SECOND “Widmarc ‘Tigana’ Dalce”
Kristie Kuschyk THIRD “Even a stroke can’t get her down”
Column Writing
Carl Fedorko FIRST “Leaving your friends to die”
Arts & Entertainment
Logan Paul FIRST “Hot on D Spot Restaurant”
Russ Chizek SECOND “This or the Apocalypse”
Investigative Reporting
Kevin Xavier & Carl Fedorko FIRST “Crime reports update”
Stephen Harrison & Staff SECOND “Bitter faculty contract fight comes to an end”
Zac Santanello FIRST “Faculty picket annual gala”
Layout & Design
Layla Cabrera THIRD “Life as a homeless vet”

The College VOICE has won the following awards for 2012-2013MOE-280K_Logo

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The College VOICE has won the following 2011-2012 New Jersey Collegiate Press Association’s Better Newspaper awards:


3rd place for General Excellence

and the Sweepstakes Award

1st place for News Writing
“Print card machine” – Sierra Downs

1st place for Bio/Personality profile
“Irene Calabria” – Stephen Harrison

2nd place opinion writing
“DADT” and “Ellen” – Sierra Downs

3rd place sports writing
“Erie Explosion” -Val DaGrain

1st place investigative reporting
“Prescription drug abuse” – Daniela Rocha

1st place general photography
“Nazi rally in Trenton” – Keris & Pomerantz

1st place sports photo
“Die hard winter surfers” – Dan Asnis

First place for photo illustration

 “Prescription drug abuse” -Daniela Rocha

Second place for photo illustration

“MCCC – No escape!” – Laura Pollack

Third place for photo illustration

“Voyage of the print card machine” – Matthew Arnold

The College VOICE has won awards in the following categories for the Society of Profesional Journalists

Mark of Excellence Awards for Region 1


First place winners from Region 1 advance to the national round.

Best All-Around Non-Daily Two Year- Third Place for Region 1


In-Depth Reporting -For: Prescription drug abuse on campus

By: Daniela Rocha

First Place for Region 1

National Finalist

General News Photography -For: Restaurant 230

By: Jason Pomerantz

First Place for Region 1

National Finalist

Sports Photography -For: Trenton Steel look to Catch Erie Explosion

By: Val DaGrain

First Place for Region 1

General News Reporting – For: Nazi student on campus

By: Anna Bosted

Third Place for Region 1


General Column Writing For: Don’t eat organic!

By: Ken Napier

Second Place for Region 1

These days, our markets are filled with items labeled as Organic or Pesticide Free, claiming benefits from their natural cultivation methods.

“I like buying organic food because…I don’t know…I don’t know why I eat organic foods. I think organic food tastes better,” said Christine Gwin, a hippy and junior at Rutgers.

Muhammad Ali and Dick Winters didn’t buy organic, and I’ll bet they could kick that hippy’s ass.

Actually, “Organic foods have never been shown to be healthier, more nutritious or more safe than conventional foods, despite dozens of scientific studies. There is no weight that organic is better or healthier for you.” says Alex Avery of The Hudson Institute Center for Global Food Issues in a CNN in-depth report.

In fact, organic food might even be WORSE FOR YOU than normal chemically soaked fruits and veggies. Many of the modern farming methods and chemicals that organic products forgo in favor absolutely nothing were put in place for a reason

Feature Writing For: Soccer star Irene Calabria learned to play with the boys

First Place for Region 1

National Finalist

By: Stephen Harrison



March 2012, College Media Association Apple Award



Society of Professional Journalists

Mark of Excellence Awards


Best All-Around Non-Daily Two Year- First Place Region 1 – First Place in the Nation
















General News Photography -For: Wind Storm Batters Aviation Fleet

By: Jason Pomerantz

First Place for Region 1

Sports Photography -For: Vikings Men’s Soccer Team Takes Essex 2-1

By: CJ Harker

First Place for Region 1 – First Place in the Nation

Feature Photography -For: Roadside Memorials

By: CJ Harker

First Place for Region 1

Photo Illustration -For: Crime Uptick

By: Jason Pomerantz

First Place for Region 1

In-Depth Reporting -For: As Megan’s Law turns 15, are we any safer?

By: Daniela Rocha

First Place for Region 1 - First Place in the Nation

General News Reporting -For: Law & Disorder: Sheriff interrupts class 

By: Dmitry Gurvits

First Place for Region 1 – National Finalist

General News Reporting -For: 9/11 Memorial stirs controversy

By: Daniela Rocha

Second Place for Region 1 


Breaking News Reporting -For: Murder and manhunt in Mercer County

By: Sara Gatling & Dmitry Gurvits

First Place for Region 1 – National Finalist

Breaking News Reporting -For: High school students protest education cuts

By: Kelly Smith

Second Place for Region 1

 Associated Collegiate Press Award 2010


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