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RACC Student Magazine Captures First Place in National Awards Competition

Oct 20, 2017 • by Reading Area Community College
Legacy Cover Art

Reading, PA – Reading Area Community College is proud to announce their student-produced magazine Legacy XVI won multiple awards from the Community College Humanities Association and the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA).

Under the lead of faculty advisor Bahar Diken and student editors Austin Graczyk, Ana Ramos and Kha Nguyen, Legacy XVI won First Place among small colleges from the Eastern Division of the Community College Humanities Association’s 2017 Literary Magazine Competition. The submitted magazines compete within their specific categories as determined by enrollment and magazine funding levels of the participating colleges. Best Magazine category is judged holistically on the criteria of aesthetics, correct editing, ease of navigation, and strength of student work.

“This award for Legacy speaks to the excellent creative work done by our students. Our entire College is proud of their receiving this prestigious recognition,” says RACC president Dr. Anna Weitz.

In addition to the first place award, eight students were recognized for their work in Legacy XVI. Creative Nonfiction category:  First Place-“Did She Know?” by Christopher Smith-Thomson. Second Place-“Dreaming of Yama” by DJ Plante. Honorable Mention-“Inside It Never Stops Raining” by Jon Roz. Artwork category: Third Place- “Suga” by Mayra Perez-Barajas. Photography category: Third Place-“Entwined” by Wilhen Suriel. Essay category: First Place-“Horrific Misconceptions” by Tiffany Eastman. Second Place-“Imagining the Difference” by Ashley Back de Munoz. Third Place-“An Altered Record” by Amanda O’Donohue.

The CSPA also awarded the 2017 Legacy XVI two national Gold Circle Awards which are the highest level of recognition for individual and staff achievement that the CSPA offers. Cover Design for Literary or Literary/Art Magazine category: Second Place-Stephanie R. Holloway-Peidl and Kha Nguyen, Layout/Design Editor of Legacy. Portfolio Illustration category: Certificate of Merit-Hannah Elizabeth High.

Legacy is published once a year by students currently enrolled in credit courses at Reading Area Community College. Legacy’s purpose is to provide an annual showcase for outstanding student work—research, prose, poetry, artwork, and photography. Legacy is a member of the following press associations: Columbia Scholastic Press Association, Community College Humanities Association, and Associated Collegiate Press.              

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