Beating out hundreds of student magazines across the country, Stephens Life received a Pacemaker Award and was named Best of Show at the National College Media Convention in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 31-Nov. 3.

The Pacemaker is the preeminent award of the Associated Collegiate Press, according to Laura Widmer, the association’s executive director. The ACP refers to the Pacemaker as recognizing "the best of the best." The Best of Show competition is an on-site contest recognizing overall excellence among the attendees and entries at the convention.

Stephens’ student magazine received four additional awards, including second place for Story of the Year in the column category for “With the Curve: A Look into Life with Scoliosis” by Hannah Kueck ’21, and fourth place for Design of the Year for a magazine page/spread for “Being a Fat Girl” by Meca Brown-Sanders ’19 with photography by Anna Tripolitis ’19.

Kueck and Brown-Sanders attended the convention along with current editor Aurola Wedman Alfaro ’20 and creative director Leigh Ann Barnett ’21. Their trip was supported by Stephens College.

“It’s great to get the recognition we deserve,” said Kueck, who is the magazine’s copy editor. “We’re a small school that’s often overlooked, but we’re doing amazing things. Now people will know: we’re here, too.”


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