Madison Messenger staffers win awards

(Posted April 8, 2021)

Madison Messenger staffers won several awards in the 2020 MACPA (Mid-Atlantic Community Papers Association) journalism contest.

Staff writer Theresa Hennis won first place in the COVID-19 coverage category with “Taking grassroots approach to helping in crisis,” a story about one woman’s efforts to collect care package items for nursing home residents and recruit seamstresses to sew masks for frontline workers.

In the same category, editor Kristy Zurbrick took second place with “Painting a new way to celebrate graduation,” a story about Jonathan Alder Local Schools’ creative solutions to honoring graduating seniors during the pandemic.

Zurbrick also earned an honorable mention in the feature story category for her piece, “To the tune of 101 years old,” about London resident Waveline Kelso.

Staff writer Dedra Cordle took second place in the feature story category for “She is London’s first state wrestling champ,” about London teen Grace Jones, who won the 116-pound class at Ohio’s first girls’ state wrestling championship.

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