The BlueStocking Receives Nine Awards From the South Carolina Press Association’s 2022 Collegiate Awards Ceremony


Members of The BlueStocking staff at the South Carolina Press Association’s annual collegiate meeting and awards event. ©SCPA

Staff Report

For the second consecutive year, Presbyterian College’s student-led newspaper will be bringing home some hardware back to Clinton.  

The BlueStocking was recognized with nine awards, including Collegiate Journalist of the Year in the Division I category at the South Carolina Press Association’s annual collegiate meeting and awards event at Clemson University’s Hendrix Student Center on Friday, March 31st.  

14 college newspaper organizations across South Carolina competed in the contest under two different categories: Division I for schools with an enrollment of less than 5,000 and Division H for schools with an enrollment of 5,000 or more.

Editor-in-chief Mitchell Mercer, the recipient of the Collegiate Journalist of the Year award in Division I, was honored for his strong quality of news coverage in addition to its impact throughout the PC, Clinton, and Laurens County communities.

Two first-place awards were presented to The BlueStocking: in the sports photograph category, a photograph capturing Blue Hose wide receiver Dominic Kibby scoring a touchdown, and in the photo story category, a photo story of PC’s Thornwell Charter School Carnival back in the fall.

In addition, The BlueStocking received two second place awards in the column/opinion writing category: the Overtime documentary on former PC football coach Kevin Kelley received one award along with a photograph of Blue Hose running back Delvecchio Powell II in the sports photograph category. 

Third place awards were given to The BlueStocking in a number of different categories: a photo story of the Blue Hose women’s soccer contest against Davidson in August, a video of the 2022 South Carolina State Fair, use of social media, and website.

The BlueStocking thanks all of its readership for the success and continued support of the newspaper over the course of the last year.

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