BCCC’s Centurion Student Newspaper Wins 17 State Awards

BCCC’s Centurion student newspaper, headed by current editor-in-chief Alyssa Moore (left) of Chalfont and her predecessor Sarah Siock of Doylestown (pictured in early 2020), has won a record 17 awards from the Keystone Media contest. Photo via The Centurion/Bucks County Community College.

Bucks County Community College’s student newspaper has won more awards this year than ever before.

The Centurion totaled 17 wins in the 2021 statewide Keystone Media contest. This brings its total to 130 awards since 2010.

Journalism Professor Tony Rogers says its even more impressive considering the students had to do their work remotely.

“Our campuses shut down last March, and since then the students have had to write and edit their stories and lay out the paper from home,” said Rogers, who is the Centurion’s faculty advisor. “The fact that they did such excellent work under such trying circumstances is absolutely amazing to me. I couldn’t be more proud.”

The Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association runs the Keystone Media Awards. Their 2021 contest considered stories from the spring and fall semesters of last year.

PNA separates higher education institutions into three divisions, with high schools making a fourth. BCCC falls into Division 3 for two year colleges in the Keystone State.

Alyssa Moore, of Chalfont, is the paper’s current editor-in-chief. She took over last semester after Doylestown’s Sarah Siock went on to study at Rider University.

“I had to try to replicate the system that we had going in the journalism classroom in my own room, which was a lot more difficult than I expected,” said Moore. “But overall, things worked out pretty well, and that is thanks to the journalism team who are so passionate about the work we do.”

Moore helped to secure four awards for the Centurion, including one for her own writing. She won second place for Feature Story for “Coping With Boredom During COVID-19.”

Siock is listed for three awards, including first place for Video Story with “Effort to Provide Low-Cost Textbooks Gains Momentum.”

“Alyssa and Sarah were in uncharted territory when they took on the job of running a student newspaper in the midst of a global pandemic,” touted Rogers. “This has undoubtedly been the toughest year for everyone in the history of this college, but Alyssa and Sarah absolutely rose to the occasion and met those challenges head-on.”

A full list of the Centurion’s awards is below:

  • General News, second place, Bucks County Community College – The Centurion – Sellersville Teen Shot Dead at State Park – Payton Schreier
  • Ongoing News Coverage, second place, Bucks County Community College – The Centurion – The 2020 Coronavirus Pandemic – Centurion Staff
  • Ongoing News Coverage, honorable mention, Bucks County Community College – The Centurion – Special Report: The 2020 Presidential Election – Centurion Staff
  • Public Service/Enterprise Package, first place, Bucks County Community College – The Centurion – The Results and Winners of Bucks’ 2020-2021 Student Body Election – Alyssa Moore, Dakoda Carlson, Olivia Ruddell, Kristen Reiter
  • Feature Story, second place, Bucks County Community College – The Centurion – Coping With Boredom During COVID-19 – Alyssa Moore
  • Personality Profile, second place, Bucks County Community College – The Centurion – Ethel Rackin is a Professor and a Poet – Shannon Goldhahn
  • Sports Story, first place, Bucks County Community College – The Centurion – Spring Athletics Forced to End Seasons Due to COVID-19 – Karagen Kelly
  • Sports Story, second place, Bucks County Community College – The Centurion – Men’s’ Basketball Fall Short of Playoffs by One Win – Cole Schug
  • Sports Story, honorable mention, Bucks County Community College – The Centurion – 2020 Philadelphia Union Season Preview – Skyler Hoffner
  • Review, first place, Bucks County Community College – The Centurion – RDJs Dolittle Does Little – Bradley Hare
  • Review, second place, Bucks County Community College – The Centurion – Sonic the Hedgehog Speeds Past Everyone’s Expectations – Bradley Hare
  • Layout and Design, first place, Bucks County Community College – The Centurion – Bucks prepares for the Coronavirus (Centurion Vol 55 Issue 9) – Sarah Siock, Alyssa Moore, Shannon Goldhahn
  • Layout and Design, second place, Bucks County Community College – The Centurion – Joe Biden Wins Presidential Race (Centurion Vol 56 Issue 5) – Alyssa Moore, Dakoda Carlson, Olivia Ruddell, Kristen Reiter
  • Website, first place, Bucks County Community College – The Centurion, www.bucks-news.com – Centurion Staff
  • Video Story, first place, Bucks County Community College – The Centurion – Effort to Provide Low-Cost Textbooks Gains Momentum – Sarah Siock
  • Video Story, second place, Bucks County Community College – The Centurion – Acme Workers Keep Shelves Stocked During the Pandemic – Jon Corley
  • Video Story, honorable Mention, Bucks County Community College – The Centurion – Students Make the Adjustment to Online Classes – Sarah Siock