Democrat takes home eight APME awards


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A demonstration of a bombing run, producing quite an explosion, was detonated in the field to the southeast of the flight line At Whiteman Air Force Base during the A-10 Thunderbolt aerial show at the Wings Over Whiteman in Summer 2015. Reporter Faith Bemiss received second place in the APME Feature Photo category for the photo.


Eye-to-eye, Jayvon Jones checks out a glazed and stained stoneware sculpture, named “Invisible Man,” created by Sergei Isupov. The sculpture is downstairs at the Daum Museum of Contemporary Art on the Campus of State Fair Community College. Jones was with a group of students from the Jefferson City Academic Center who toured the museum in April 2015. “I thought it was cool,” Jones said of the sculpture. “But, kind of scary.” Reporter Faith Bemiss received first place in the APME Feature Photo category for the photo.


Micah Tanguay ties to pull in a a pass for a touchdown, but McAuley Catholic’s Simeon Dohman breaks up the pass during an Aug. 29 game at Tiger Stadium. Former Democrat sports reporter Jason Strickland received first place in the APME Sports Photo category for the photo.


Justin Holt slides into third base on Zach Lavy’s two-RBI single in the fourth inning of the first game of a doubleheader June 25 against Branson. Former Democrat sports reporter Jason Strickland received second place in the APME Sports Photo category for the photo.


A Sedalia firefighter works to put out a fire in the 500 block of West Fourth Street Thanksgiving morning. The fire started at about 11 a.m. and spread to three other houses, destroying three of the four. Democrat reporter Hope Lecchi received second place in the APME Spot Photo category for the photo.


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A demonstration of a bombing run, producing quite an explosion, was detonated in the field to the southeast of the flight line At Whiteman Air Force Base during the A-10 Thunderbolt aerial show at the Wings Over Whiteman in Summer 2015. Reporter Faith Bemiss received second place in the APME Feature Photo category for the photo.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_Feature-AIr-Show-3.jpgA demonstration of a bombing run, producing quite an explosion, was detonated in the field to the southeast of the flight line At Whiteman Air Force Base during the A-10 Thunderbolt aerial show at the Wings Over Whiteman in Summer 2015. Reporter Faith Bemiss received second place in the APME Feature Photo category for the photo.

Eye-to-eye, Jayvon Jones checks out a glazed and stained stoneware sculpture, named “Invisible Man,” created by Sergei Isupov. The sculpture is downstairs at the Daum Museum of Contemporary Art on the Campus of State Fair Community College. Jones was with a group of students from the Jefferson City Academic Center who toured the museum in April 2015. “I thought it was cool,” Jones said of the sculpture. “But, kind of scary.” Reporter Faith Bemiss received first place in the APME Feature Photo category for the photo.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_Feature-Art-Students-3.jpgEye-to-eye, Jayvon Jones checks out a glazed and stained stoneware sculpture, named “Invisible Man,” created by Sergei Isupov. The sculpture is downstairs at the Daum Museum of Contemporary Art on the Campus of State Fair Community College. Jones was with a group of students from the Jefferson City Academic Center who toured the museum in April 2015. “I thought it was cool,” Jones said of the sculpture. “But, kind of scary.” Reporter Faith Bemiss received first place in the APME Feature Photo category for the photo.

Micah Tanguay ties to pull in a a pass for a touchdown, but McAuley Catholic’s Simeon Dohman breaks up the pass during an Aug. 29 game at Tiger Stadium. Former Democrat sports reporter Jason Strickland received first place in the APME Sports Photo category for the photo.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_Sports-Tanguay-Drop-3.jpgMicah Tanguay ties to pull in a a pass for a touchdown, but McAuley Catholic’s Simeon Dohman breaks up the pass during an Aug. 29 game at Tiger Stadium. Former Democrat sports reporter Jason Strickland received first place in the APME Sports Photo category for the photo.

Justin Holt slides into third base on Zach Lavy’s two-RBI single in the fourth inning of the first game of a doubleheader June 25 against Branson. Former Democrat sports reporter Jason Strickland received second place in the APME Sports Photo category for the photo.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_Sports-Slide-2.jpgJustin Holt slides into third base on Zach Lavy’s two-RBI single in the fourth inning of the first game of a doubleheader June 25 against Branson. Former Democrat sports reporter Jason Strickland received second place in the APME Sports Photo category for the photo.

A Sedalia firefighter works to put out a fire in the 500 block of West Fourth Street Thanksgiving morning. The fire started at about 11 a.m. and spread to three other houses, destroying three of the four. Democrat reporter Hope Lecchi received second place in the APME Spot Photo category for the photo.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_Spot-news-Thanksgiving-fire.jpgA Sedalia firefighter works to put out a fire in the 500 block of West Fourth Street Thanksgiving morning. The fire started at about 11 a.m. and spread to three other houses, destroying three of the four. Democrat reporter Hope Lecchi received second place in the APME Spot Photo category for the photo.

The Sedalia Democrat news staff took home eight awards Thursday, including a General Excellence award and three first place awards, from the Missouri Associated Press Managing Editor’s Contest for work published in 2015.

The awards were announced during an awards ceremony at the annual Associated Press Capitol Day in Jefferson City.

“These awards really reflect how dedicated these journalists are to their craft and serving the Democrat’s readership,” said Editor Tim Epperson. “I couldn’t be more proud of the fantastic news team at the Democrat. We will continue to be the No. 1 information source for West Central Missouri.”

The Democrat garnered a General Excellence Award among newspapers in its division.

News Editor/City reporter Nicole Cooke received first place in Spot News for her May 2015 coverage of the manhunt for murderer James Horn Jr. Cooke also received second place in the same category for her coverage of the Thanksgiving Day fire that destroyed multiple homes.

Reporter/photographer Faith Bemiss received two photography awards from APME. She took first place in Feature Photo with “Eye to Eye” as well as third place for “Air show demonstration.”

Reporter/photographer Hope Lecchi was awarded second place for Spot News Photos for her photo of a Sedalia firefighter using a hose on one of the four homes in the Thanksgiving fires.

The sports department took home two honors from APME. Former sports reporter Jason Strickland received first place (“Tanguay drop”) and second place (“Holt slides into third”) in the Sports Photos category.

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