More than 125 student journalists from five Frederick County high schools — Linganore, Middletown, Urbana, Oakdale and Tuscarora — were honored Wednesday morning by The Frederick News-Post. Also participating, but not in attendance, was Frederick High School. The annual Frederick News-Post/Mike Powell Excellence in Journalism Awards are named for the former Managing Editor, who died in 2004. Powell, who began his newspaper career at The Diamond Back, the student newspaper at the University of Maryland, was the driving force behind the awards to honor student journalism achievement in Frederick County.

The newspaper renamed its news-writing award five years ago in honor of former courts reporter Kate Leckie, who died in February 2012 after a 17-year career at The News-Post. The feature-photography award was renamed six years ago in honor of former photographer Skip Lawrence, who died in November 2010 after an 18-year career at the newspaper.

Students received awards in 18 categories, which included reporting, editorials, photography, columns, artwork, page design, website and social media. Linganore High School won the Sweepstakes Award.

The awards banquet was held at The Frederick News-Post.

Kate Leckie Excellence in News Writing

First place, Kiley Hill, Middletown High School; second place, Eva King, Karly McQuay, Urbana High School; third place, Shreeya Agarwal, Oakdale High School; honorable mention, Tyler Harrison, Middletown High School.

Best continuing coverage

First place, Lily Weaver and Grace Weaver, Linganore High School; second place, Jacob Bolger, Linganore High School; third place, Logan Arneson, Liara Lu, Kyle Orens, Urbana High School; honorable mention, Paige Tolbard, Frederick High School.

Best feature Story

First place, Sydney Rossman, Linganore High School; second place, Bailey Davis, Linganore High School; third place,Kim Fleming, Middletown High School; honorable mention, Tim Rivard, Urbana High School.

Best profile story

First place, Evan Ruderman, Middletown High School; second place, TIE, Emily Reed and Savannah Sitler, Linganore High School, and Kelsey Ward, Linganore High School; third place, Joy Xu, Urbana High School; honorable mention, Natalie Flynn and Madeleine Verby, Oakdale High School.

Best Editorial on an issue

First place, Joy Xu, Urbana High School; second place, Mia Egerman, Tuscarora High School; third place, Hannah Mueller, Tuscarora High School; honorable mention, Tzu Chao Huang, Urbana High School.

Best Column on an Education Subject

First place, Grace Weaver, Linganore High School; second place, Beau Cameron, Linganore High School; third place, Emily Reed, Linganore High School.

Best Column on a State or National Subject

First place, Grace Gaydosh, Linganore High School; second place, Katie Lehman, Linganore High School; third place, Bridget O’Toole, Middletown High School; honorable mention, TIE, Chris Huzella, Frederick High School and Joy Xu, Urbana High School.

Best Column Writing — Humor

First place, Chris Shea, Urbana High School; second place, TIE, Chris Shea and Kyle Orens, Urbana High School and Abbe Pannucci, Middletown High School; third place, Nicole Muller, Linganore High School; honorable mention, Chris Shea, Urbana High School.

Best Review of Music, TV show, or Movie

First place, Emily Reed, Linganore High School; second place, Mallory Maher, Linganore High School; third place, TIE, Lucy Kiefert, Middletown High School and Joy Xu, Urbana High School; honorable mention, Lily Weaver and Mallory Maher, Linganore High School.

Best Sports Story

First place, Garrett Baker, Middletown High School; second place, Miles Bradford, Middletown High School; third place, Grace Brooks, Linganore High School.

Best Sports Feature

First place, Garrett Baker and Bridget O’Toole, Middletown High School; second place, Kim Fleming, Middletown High School; third place, Grace Weaver, Linganore High School.

Best News Photography

First place, Max Smullen, Middletown High School; second place, Cassie Harris, Linganore High School; third place, Erin Cowan, Middletown High School

Skip Lawrence Excellence in Feature Photography

First place, Erin Cowan, Middletown High School; second place, Sydney Shipe, Middletown High School; third place, Cassie Harris, Linganore High School.

Best Sports Photography

First place, Sydney Shipe, Middletown High School; second place, Madison Blumenauer, Middletown High School; third place, Audrey Fisher, Middletown High School.

Best Newspaper Design

First place, Charlotte Brown, Urbana High School; second place, Kelsey Ward, Linganore High School; third place, Tim Rivard, Urbana High School.

Best Website

First place, Roundtable.com, Middletown High School; second place, LHSLance.org, Linganore High School; third place, UHSHawkeye.com, Urbana High School.

Best Online Storytelling Package

First place,Tory Spruill, Linganore High School; second place, Madison Reeley and Sydney Rossman, Linganore High School; third place, Abbe Pannucci and Garrett Baker; honorable mention, Alex Ismael, Linganore High School.

Best Online Blog/Column

First place, Eleanor Crawford, Urbana High School; second place, Jake Stafford, Middletown High School; third place, Kiley Hill, Middletown High School.

Sweepstakes Winner

Linganore High School.

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Roxanne Ahern

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