Exceptional journalism honored

Connection wins 14 awards in state journalism contests


Members of the 2021-22 Schoolcraft Connection Staff (Back Row L to R) Alexander Hawthorne (Staff Writer), Ben Bolstrum (Editor-in-Chief), Matthew Kern (Managing Editor), Matt Karbownik (Layout and Design Editor, (Front Row L to R) Armando Saucedo (Multimedia Editor), Sasha Spearman (Design intern), Vae O’Neil (Arts & Entertainment Editor), and Jordan Weston (Staff Writer). The staff won 14 awards in state journalism contests for the 2021-22 academic year.

Journalism excellence continues for the Schoolcraft Connection. The Connection staff received 14 awards from the Michigan Community College Press Association (MCCPA) which was announced April 20. Last month the staff received 7 awards from the Michigan Press Association (MPA). This gives the staff a combined total of 21 awards for the 2021-22 academic year. The Connection was recognized for excellence in writing, design, photography and multimedia reporting.

Over the last ten years the Connection has been awarded 242 awards from MCCPA and MPA combined.

The Connection winners for the MPA Better College Newspaper Contest included:

1st place for Feature Story: Madison Ling

2nd place for Feature Story: Ben Bolstrum

2nd place for Editorial: Schoolcraft Connection Staff

3rd place for Feature Story: Matthew Fular and Madison Ling

3rd place for Sports News/Features: Matthew Fular

3rd place for Column Review or Sports Blog: Matt Karbonik

3rd place for Overall Best Newspaper in Division III: Schoolcraft Connection Staff


The Connection winners for the MCCPA contest included:

1st place for Sports Feature Story: Ben Bolstrum

1st place for News Photo: Armando Saucedo

1st place for Feature Photo: Claire Smith

1st place for Inside Page Design: Matt Karbownik

2nd place for Front Page Design: Matt Karbownik

3rd place for Feature Story: Matthew Fular

3rd place for Personality Profile: Vae O’Neil

3rd place for Inside Page Design: Matt Karbownik

3rd place
for Video Production: Armando Saucedo

place General Excellence: SC Connection Staff

Honorable Mention
for Column Serious: Matthew Kern

Honorable Mention for Critical Review: Vae O’Neil

Honorable Mention for Sports News Photo: Claire Smith

Honorable Mention for Video Production: Jordan Weston

FirstPlace Inside Page Design by Matthew Karbownik
First Place Feature Photo by Claire Smith
Second Place Front Page Design Matthew Karbownik