Sealy News wins big at state writing competition

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The Sealy News scooped up five major awards at the South Texas Press Association Better Newspaper Contest in Kerrville over the weekend.

Editor April Towery took home first place in humorous column writing, third place in news writing and honorable mention in serious column writing. Sportswriter Tad Desai was the third-place winner in headline writing and earned an honorable mention for sports coverage.

“I am so proud of this team and the work we do each week in sharing the stories of our Sealy and Austin County residents,” said publisher Karen Lopez. “Each member of our team genuinely cares about this community and we strive to inform, educate and entertain our readers.”

Judges commented that Towery’s humor column made them “laugh out loud” and serious columns offered suggestions to “lead by example, love, compassion and humor.” Her coverage of the late Sealy Fire Chief Eric Zapalac’s sudden death was recognized in the news category, along with page designer Victoria Parker’s “Later, Gator” layout on a story about Sealy public works employees who came across a nice-sized reptile at a local park.

Desai was commended for his headlines “Disas-tros,” “Going Long is Long Gone” and “Crosstown Showdown.” The Sealy News’ sportswriter also received accolades for the photos and coverage of local high school sports. Parker again was honored for design of the sports section.

“I enjoyed the design and photographs in this entry,” judges wrote of The Sealy News’ sports coverage. “Comprehensively you do a marvelous job of covering multiple teams and sports … Lots of potential here.”

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