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By Timothy Guy

Viewpoints editors Daniel Segraves and Desiree Perez receive scholarships from the Society of Professional Journalists. (Allan Lovelace)

By Timothy Guy

Cinco de Mayo wasn’t the only thing being celebrated May 5 as Riverside City College students won 11 awards at the Society of Professional Journalists Southern California Excellence in Journalism awards ceremony.

The ceremony recognized stories, photos and designs published in student newspapers and television newscasts from such colleges as RCC, UC Riverside, the University of La Verne, Cal Poly Pomona and Victor Valley College. Professional newspapers were also honored.

Riverside City College’s student journalists took home the most first place awards with six, including student newspaper of the year, unseating last year’s first place winner the University of La Verne’s Campus Times.

Viewpoints production manager Joshua Duran won first place for the Viewpoints page design “Shock Coffee,” second place for a Nov. 30 page design about the movie “The Fountain” and second place for the column “A brave new world.”

Viewpoints opinions editor Desiree Perez won first place for the Viewpoints editorial “Welcome to Hell,” about habeas corpus. She also received the Ray Griffith Memorial Scholarship.

Viewpoints managing editor Daniel Segraves also earned a scholarship, the Dave Harrison Memorial Scholarship and was happy with the evening’s results.

“The Harrison family was very gracious,” he said. “And I am very proud of the staff members who won.”

Viewpoints photographer and advertising manager Christopher Dietrich won first place in the News/Feature Photo category for the May 11, 2006 front page photo “Campus Controversy” about protests at RCC.

Former Viewpoints writer William Clarke won first place for “Family mourns death of student,” a 1,752-word Viewpoints feature story about the life and death of RCC student Reyna De Leon.

Former Viewpoints writer Kevin Casteneda won second place for his Viewpoints sports story “There’s still time for improvement,” about the RCC baseball team.

Students with RCC’s television newscast won all of the awards for TV news stories category.

Former Inland Valley News anchor Troy Clarke won first place for “U.S.-Iranian Relations” and second place for “Synthetic Diesel.”

Former Inland Valley News anchor Amia Tadjalli won third place for “Giving Back.”

Viewpoints and Inland Valley News adviser Allan Lovelace said he is happy for all of his students.

“I said last year that RCC students had their best showing yet, but this year they surpassed even that,” Lovelace said.

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