Record-setting work for Bucs’ Blade staff

It was a record-record setting day for Grand Haven High School's Bucs' Blade newspaper staff, who won 33 individual awards and a Spartan Award at the Michigan Interscholastic Press Association's spring conference in Lansing. The Spartan Award is the highest distinction MIPA gives student papers. To earn the award, newspapers must score at least 900 out of 1,000 points on a comprehensive evaluation of three issues. The Blade scored 947 points.
Anonymous
Apr 27, 2011

The Spartan evaluation praised the publication for being “tight, clean, powerful, and full of attitude and verve. Every spread contained something that entertained, informed or delighted me.”

According to adviser C.E. Sikkenga, the 33 individual awards was the most in his tenure as adviser, which dates to 2000. Eleven of the awards were first place awards, also a record.

“It’s a real tribute to this staff,” Sikkenga said. “They’ve really pushed themselves to do work that is not only high quality, but innovative. They haven’t been content to say ‘just because we’ve always done it this way, we have to keep doing it that way.’ This is something of a reward for that”

To read more of this story, see today's print edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.

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