The Santa Monica College (SMC) Corsair newspaper won 19 awards, including general excellence for the online edition and two first-place awards in photography, at the Journalism Association of Community Colleges’ Southern California competition in Fullerton.

About 30 colleges and more than 400 students competed in the event.

The awards reflect achievements of the Corsair staff under spring semester editor Krystal Peak and current editor Tom Wright. The faculty advisor for the newspaper is Barbara Baird.

Wright captured a first-place award for online photo and photo editor Art Sanchez won top honors at the competition for feature photo.

In the live competition, Corsair staffers won four awards. Aleksandra Ilicheva won second place for opinion writing and third place for copy editing, Mike Roach captured fourth-place for opinion writing and Lisa Anderson won honorable mention for critical review.

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