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March 3, 2024 10:52 pm

WCC magazine, contributors win regional and national awards

Editors for "Renaissance," Wayne Community College’s writers’ and artists’ magazine, pose with the 2022 issue and the Best Magazine award earned by the publications in the Community College Humanities Association’s Literary Magazine Competition. The editors are (left to right) English Instructors Dean Tuck, Jeff Williams and Ashley Merrill.

GOLDSBORO — “Renaissance,” Wayne Community College’s writers’ and artists’ magazine, and its contributors have been recognized by the Community College Humanities Association for the sixth consecutive year.

The magazine’s 2022 issue, as well as four writers and artists whose works appeared in it, took awards in the association’s annual Literary Magazine Competition in the Southern Division. The magazine was presented third place in the Best Magazine category. Criteria for awards in that category are aesthetics, correct editing, ease of navigation and strength of student work.

Honored individuals were Skylar Holland, Agribusiness Technology major dual enrolled with Wayne School of Engineering – first place in Best Short Story category for “Bunny Ears,” McKenzie Sollars, Associate in Arts (college transfer) major – second place in the Best Short Story category for “Liminality,” Katie Wagner, Associate in Science (college transfer) major – third place in the Best Artwork category for “Angry-Eyed” and Lynn Swafford, biology instructor and Honors Program coordinator – third place in the Best Photography category for “Tiger Swallowtail.”

WCC English Instructors Jeff Williams, Ashley Merrill and Dean Tuck are the magazine’s editors.

Magazines compete within their “weight” class determined by college enrollment and publication budgets. First through third places are awarded within each of five geographical regions and nationally.

The latest volume of “Renaissance,” published in April 2022, and past issues, are posted at Printing of the magazine is partially funded by a grant from the Foundation of Wayne Community College.

The annual literary magazine competition, which highlights student work from all over the nation, is one of the highlights of the Community College Humanities Association. The competition reinforces the CCHA mission of helping to shape and strengthen students with their personal and professional growth in the humanities.

— From Wayne Community College Public Information