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ACCC Presents First Communication Awards

June 3, 2008

For the first time in its history, Atlantic Cape Community College presented Communication Awards at a ceremony on May 2 at the Mays Landing Campus.

Student Shannon Hartey of Mays Landing was the recipient of the Communication Major of the Year award. A childhood cancer survivor, Hartey presented a video promoting an organization she helped found called Shannon's Dream to help redesign the pediatric unit at Shore Memorial Hospital. The video was produced by student Walter Bryant Little of Mays Landing.

Two others competed for Communication Major of the Year. Little sang a song he wrote dedicated to his late grandmother who inspired him to major in communication. Keith Hall of Atlantic City presented a video documentary he created on the effects of high gas prices.

Assistant Professor of Communication Keith Forrest was surprised with an Outstanding Service award-which wasn't on the program-for his dedication to his students. WAYV Radio hosts Mike Richman and Diane Mitchell of the "Mike and Diane Morning Show" were given an award for their service to the community.

Beacons of the Sea Visiting Professor and veteran journalist Dick Sheeran, who taught communication courses at ACCC during the spring semester, gave the ceremony introduction.

Other awards were: Best Debate Speeches, Lea Alton of Egg Harbor Township and Scott Murdock of Cape May Court House; Best Informative Speeches, Liza Kyle of Linwood, Candice Sikking of Milmay and Janette Walker of Cape May; Best Persuasive Speeches, Shana Gorski of Mays Landing and Walter Bryant Little; Best Mass Media Papers, Alana Powers of Somers Point and Arielle Zauck of Oceanview.

Best Mass Media Project, Bob Akeret of Galloway, Wayne Derrick Comer II of Egg Harbor Township, Juliet Leary of Sea Isle City, Walter Bryant Little and Steve Pasterino of Hammonton; Best News Story, Kevin Coopersmith of Northfield; Best Published Commentaries, Luz Martinez of Absecon and Rebekah Zumwalt of Pleasantville; Best Unpublished Commentary, Dana Neiman of Greenfield; Best Fiction, John "Wes" Hull of Egg Harbor City; Best Creative Non-Fiction/Playwriting George Niederhofer of Dorothy; Best Poem, Jill Scheer of Galloway; Best Press Release, Nichole Johnson of Cape May Court House and Rebekah Zumwalt; Best PR Project, Wayne Derrick Comer II, Emily Lingo of Linwood, Adara Kenney of Ocean City, Mark Santiago of West Wildwood and Rebekah Zumwalt; Best Interpersonal Communication Paper, Brian Vaughan of Absecon; Best Interpersonal Communication Project, Natalie Galbraith of Mays Landing, Jaimee Rex of Egg Harbor Township, Joe Ryan of Egg Harbor City and Rebekah Zumwalt.

Erin O'Kane ('07) of Egg Harbor City received the Alumni of the Year Award. Club Awards were presented to Vinh Lang of Sea Isle City, Atlantic Cape Review; John "Wes" Hull, WACC; Jill Scheer, Rewrites; and Lea Alton, Performing Arts Club. An award for Outstanding Academic Achievement went to Kira Young of Galloway. Awards for Student Communication Pioneers were presented to Joseph Bell of Northfield, Lauren Broome of Linwood, Krista Coyle of Galloway, Morgan Matalucci of Galloway and Suzanne Patterson of Estell Manor.

Awards for Faculty Communication Pioneers were given to Adjunct Instructor Jessica Carleton, Assistant Professor of English Denise-Marie Coulter, Assistant Professor of English Gerri Black, Assistant Professor of Art Cheryl Knowles-Harrigan, Assistant Professor of English Elinor Mattern and Adjunct Instructor Joy Jones.

During the ceremony a tribute to late Cape May County Herald Editor Joe Zelnik was presented by current Editor Al Campbell. In addition, remarks were presented by Rowan University Director of Media and Public Relations Joe Cardona, who was at the ceremony in the capacity of Outstanding Public Relations Professional.