The Corsair, the student newspaper for Santa Monica College, won 18 awards, including General Excellence and the Pacesetter Award, at this year’s state convention of the Journalism Association of Community Colleges in Sacramento last month.

SMC was one of only five community colleges to receive the convention’s Pacesetter Award, given to schools earning the most awards.

More than 550 students from 47 community college journalism programs attended the annual JACC state convention. Students participated in several on-the-spot writing and photography contests and also attended workshops offered throughout the event.

The results of mail-in contests recognizing top work from last year were also announced at the convention.

SMC’s emerging multimedia journalism program scored highly at the convention, with student Wendy Ng earning a first-place award for Web/Broadcast News and the Corsair team of writer Nathan Gawronsky, editor Patricia de Borba and photographer George Mikhail earning second place in the Team Feature category. In the Team Feature contest, students were given one day to create an audio slideshow feature story from anywhere on the California State University-Sacramento campus.

Corsair news editor Stephanie Forshee was awarded one of JACC’s top two scholarships, the $750 Art Margosian Scholarship.

The Corsair advisor is journalism professor Saul Rubin.