Press Club Award Winners

Student newspaper “The Overview” was well represented at the Syracuse Press Club’s annual Professional Recognition Awards ceremony Saturday, May 2 at Drumlins in Dewitt. In the “Student contest” portion of the awards OCC earned four awards.

Best Print News Story:

  • First place – Jay Ciarpelli for “Food Prices Added, Food Prices Adjusted.” Ciarpelli is a 2009 Cicero-North Syracuse High School graduate who earned a Liberal Arts degree from OCC in May 2014. In the fall Ciarpelli will transfer to the University of South Florida where he will major in American Sign Language.
  • Second place –  Nicole Moore for “College Sets Goal of Higher Graduation Rates for ’16.” Moore came to OCC from Fuquay-Varina High School in North Carolina. She earned a Communications degree from OCC in May 2014 and is currently majoring in Public Relations at SUNY Oswego.

Best Print Feature Story:

  • First place – Maeve Byrne for “When a Loved One Dies, Share Feeling and Concerns, Counselor Says.” Byrne is a 2013 graduate of Westhill High School. After attending OCC she transferred to Le Moyne where she is scheduled to graduate in December 2016 with a communications major and a creative writing minor.
  • Second place – Kevin Putnam for “Bartending Class Teaches More Than Mixing Drinks.” Putnam is a 2011 graduate of Fayetteville-Manlius High School who graduated from OCC in May 2014 with a Liberal Arts degree. He’s presently a junior at Le Moyne majoring in accounting.
Laurel Saiz (left) and Tom Boll (right).
Laurel Saiz (left) and Tom Boll (right).

Faculty advisors to The Overview are Professors Laurel Saiz and Tom Boll, both of whom had successful tenures at Syracuse’s Post Standard. Saiz was a reporter there and Boll was an editor.