The Jackson County Sentinel was honored Saturday in the Alabama Associated Press Media Editors contest.

The Sentinel won 11 total awards, including five first place honors. Sports Editor Jason Bowen led the way with five awards, including three for first place.

The Sentinel won first place for Best Deadline Page Design. The comment from the judge said, “Wow. I am a huge fan of the look and feel of this paper in general. Whoever did the overall design should be commended. And the daily front page designs are stylized and composed. It’s obvious that quite a bit of effort is made to give the reader some special every day on the page one.”

Bowen took first place honors in sports deadline reporting for “Championship Redemption,” a story on Pisgah winning a basketball state championship.

Judges said, “The story does a good job of both telling the game story and serving as scrapbook material, providing the big-picture info and strong quotes up high. Years later the players will have this keepsake.”

Bowen won first place in sports column writing for “Meadows was a coach to the end.” He also won second place for “The Cruelty of the coin flip.”

Bowen also won first place for best sports feature photo and second place for best sports action photo. He won another second place for sports feature for “Project 68,” story about the beginnings of Section football.

Graphic Artist Elizabeth Law won two awards in best news graphics and illustrations. She won first place for “Should teachers be armed in school?” She also won second place for “A Shattering Truth.”

Managing Editor DeWayne Patterson won third place in best non-deadline reporting for “A Shattering Truth,” a story about methamphetamine in the community.

Former Sentinel reporter Will Whaley won third place in best education story for “Scottsboro BOE explores consolidation.”

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