The People-Sentinel collects six SCPA awards

The People-Sentinel collected six awards during the annual awards ceremony held by the South Carolina Press Association March 14.

Three of those awards had Michael Young's name on them. Young is the sports editor for The People-Sentinel.

Young received a first place award in the category of sports feature photo as well as a third place in that category. He also won a third place award for in the sports action category.

Staff writers Jared Guadagni and Susan Delk also garnered awards.

Guadagni won a second place award for his health reporting.

Delk received a third place honor in the feature writing category.

The People-Sentinel overall received a second place award for its Oct. 1, 2008 edition of the newspaper that was printed on pink newsprint. That edition's news coverage centered primarily around the topic of breast cancer since October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

"I'm proud not only that The People-Sentinel walked away with these awards, but the fact they were from such diverse categories which to me shows the wide array of talent the staff has," said Laura McKenzie, publisher of The People-Sentinel.

McKenzie is also the regional publisher over the Barnwell News Group, which includes The Hampton County Guardian, The Citizen News of Edgefield and the Jasper County Sun, which are members of the S.C. Press Association.

Mike DeWitt, the editor of The Hampton County Guardian, received a first place award for his humor column writing as well as third place award in the humorous photo category. Ann Kennedy, the Guardian's local publisher, collected a second place award for her page one design.

Mike Rosier with The Citizen News received first place accolades for spot news reporting as well as profile feature writing. He also got third place nods for spot sports coverage and column writing and a second place award for profile feature writing.

The Citizen News overall garnered a third place finish for a feature edition.

Anthony Garzilli of the Jasper County Sun won two second place awards, one for sports feature writing and another for spot sports coverage.

"I'm proud of all the accomplishments these community newspapers have earned in their respective markets. This goes to show that even in these tight economic times, community newspapers are still valuable commodities in their areas," McKenzie said.