Merciad wins state awards

Staff Report

The Merciad has won two awards in the 2018 Student Keystone Press Awards contest, sponsored by the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association.

Merciad staff writer Marina Boyle, a freshman Business and Competitive Intelligence major from Dublin, Ireland, won a first-place award in the Column category for three opinion pieces: “Roommates make or break the year,” “New water bottle stations bring joy” and “Educational SAC/MAC events a must.”

The Merciad staff won a second-place award in the Layout and Design category for the cover of the Nov. 8 issue, featuring the university production of “Guys and Dolls.” The photo was contributed by Mark Santillano, assistant professor of Dance.

The Merciad competes with other four-year universities statewide with enrollment under 10,000 students.

This is the third consecutive year for the Merciad to receive awards in the Student Keystone contest. The Merciad captured a first-place award in the Review category in 2017 and a second-place award in the Editorial category in 2016.

Mercyhurst wasn’t the only Erie County university to be recognized in this year’s Student Keystone Awards contest: Edinboro University of Pennsylvania’s Spectator and Gannon University’s Gannon Knight each received an honorable mention.