Pleiad Wins Seven Individual Awards at Michigan Press Association College Paper Contest

On March 17, the Michigan Press Association (MPA) announced the winners of its annual Better Newspaper Contest. Five Pleiad staff members were recognized over seven categories by the MPA as 2021 College Best Newspaper Contest awardees, including two first place wins.

The Pleiad editorial team submitted what it deemed to be the best articles and photos from the 2020-2021 academic school year to the contest. These entries were submitted in October and were judged by non-Michigan journalists.

As a weekly paper, the Pleiad is categorized in Division Two for the contest and was judged against other Division Two college newspapers, including the Hillsdale College Collegian and the Grand Valley State University Grand Valley Lanthorn. Additionally, there are six open-class categories pertaining to media content, in which the Pleiad took one second place win for Best News-Only Photo.

The Pleiad’s winning submissions are as follows:

Best Writer

Column – News

Column – Sports

Feature Story

Front Page Design

News-Only Photo 

In the past, the Pleiad has won six awards in 2009, two in 2013, five in 2018, 10 in 2019, and two in 2020. This year marks the second highest number of awards won in an individual year by the Pleiad in the MPA Better Newspaper Contest. This year also marks the first time the Pleiad has won an award in design from the contest.

About Sam Semerau 45 Articles
Sam Semerau is an Albion alum from Oakland Twp., Mich. She double majored in English and History. She worked for the Pleiad from spring 2020 to spring 2022 and served as editor-in-chief for the 2021-2022 school year. She began Pace University's MS in Publishing program during fall 2022.


  1. If “We still have an issue” won, isn’t a follow-up overdue? Was the student expelled and criminal charges filed like the college promised? Or were they only temporarily suspended? Is the student on campus now?

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