12/31/17 — Wayne Community College's student magazine takes first place in small college competition

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Wayne Community College's student magazine takes first place in small college competition

By News-Argus Staff
Published in News on December 31, 2017 3:05 AM

Renaissance, the literary magazine for student work at Wayne Community College for nearly three decades, has been recognized by the Community College Humanities Association.

The 33rd volume, published in May, won first place in category of magazines from small colleges: Southern division of the best magazine category of the annual competition.

Magazines compete within their "weight" class, officials said, determined by the enrollment and magazine funding levels of the participating colleges. First and second places are awarded within each of five geographical regions and nationally.

The criteria in the best magazine category were aesthetics, correct editing, ease of navigation, and strength of student work.

Two students also won awards. Juana Ortiz Ayala earned second place for best essay in the Southern division with "One Word." Heather Dupree earned third place for artwork in the Southern division for her piece "My Love," which was also selected to serve as the art for one of three alternate covers of the 2017 issue of the magazine.

The student pieces were judged "according to appropriate genre conventions" and competed within their geographic regions.

The latest edition of the magazine, as well as past issues, can be viewed online at www.waynecc.edu/renaissance/.

Printing of the magazine is partially funded by a grant from the Foundation of Wayne Community College.

The magazine is edited by WCC English Instructors Rebecca Hardin-Thrift, Ashley Merrill, Dean Tuck and Jeff Williams.

The yearly competition, which highlights student work from all over the nation, is one of the highlights of the Community College Humanities Association. The competition reinforces the CCHA mission of helping to shape and strengthen students with their personal and professional growth in the humanities.