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CK Reporter honored with 18 WNPA awards

The staff of the Central Kitsap Reporter won 18 awards from this year’s Washington Newspaper Publishers Association’s Better Newspaper Contest.

Marketing artist Bryon Kempf won two second-place honors for his ads for Artists’ Edge and for Whaling Days and third place for an Art Walk ad.

Marketing artist Bruce Pritchard won a third-place honor for his Father’s Day ad.

Photographer Jesse Beals took home six awards for the Central Kitsap Reporter including two first-place honors, two second place and one third place. He tied with Bainbridge Island Review/North Kitsap Herald photographer Brad Camp for second place in the photographer’s portfolio award category for his work submitted from April 2006 until March 2007. Beals also won four awards for his photographs featured in the Port Orchard Independent.

In the news competition, staff writer Erin Beil was honored with three awards. She won first place in the education category for her story, “Students bid farewell to their salmon babies,” about CK elementary students releasing their salmon into Clear Creek and learning about the surrounding environment. She placed second in the environmental category for her story, “Land that time forgot,” about the Silverdale Watershed. Beil also won a second-place honor in the comprehensive coverage of a single issue category for her extensive coverage of the closures of Tracyton and Seabeck elementary schools.

Staff writer Rachel Brant took home a second-place award in the short general feature category for her story, “Silverdale woman tries her luck at the ‘Wheel,’” about Carolyn Lightfoot who appeared on “Wheel of Fortune.”

Sports editor Aaron Managhan won two first-place awards for his stories, “Overtime upset” about Battle of Bucklin Hill in which Olympic High School upset Central Kitsap High School 9-6, and “SK keeps defying the odds” (printed in the Port Orchard Independent), about the South Kitsap High School wrestling team at Mat Classic, the state’s wrestling championships, where Matt Foxworthy earned a medal after his stepfather had a heart attack earlier that week. Managhan also placed second for his story, “Giant hopes,” about Central Kitsap High School grad Todd Linden’s quest to stay in the major leagues.

Editor Kassie Korich won third place in the crime and courts reporting category for her story, “Former Seabeck woman charged with 2002 death of 8-year-old adopted son,” about Kimberly Ann Forder whose alleged abuse of her adopted son led to his death.

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