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Left to right: John Merkel, Patrick Evans, Matt Hubbard, Adeyemi Ekundayo, Claudia Brown.

Owl Magazine, the student multimedia publication of Harford Community College in Bel Air, won four national awards in the 2018-2019 Pinnacle Awards Competition sponsored by the Associated Collegiate Press and the National College Media Association.

Student media publications from across the country entered the competition, with the awards announced on November 1 at the annual Fall National College Media Convention in Washington, D.C.

Owl Magazine won first place recognition for Best Two-Year TV Station of the Year. This is the third year that Owl Magazine has won first place in this category, which judges the quality of three videos submitted. The submitted films included "Catharsis on the Mall," "Sunshine Therapy," and "Youth Climate Strike."

"Catharsis on the Mall" showcases Catharsis, a Burning Man-inspired event held in Washington D.C. Video production staff included John Merkel, Matt Hubbard, Toni Shepard, Kaitlyn Buza, Caroline Cooney, Mechiel Gaskill, Alexis Knipe, and Maria Rey. This video also won an honorable mention for Best TV Special Event Coverage; HCC was the only community college recognized in this four-year college category.

"Sunshine Therapy" raises awareness of Seasonal Affective Disorder and the importance of spending time in nature. The video was shot by Nicole Coleman, Caroline Cooney, Matt Hubbard, Alexis Knipe, and Vivian Zavala. Video editing was provided by D'Asya Nelson and Maria Rey. D'Asya Nelson also provided the reporting.

"Youth Climate Strike" highlights the school walkouts that occurred on March 15, 2019, to promote climate action. Alexis Knipe shot the video, and Maria Rey provided the video editing and voice-over. The video also won second place for Best Viral Video. This was another four-year college category in which HCC was the only community college recognized, making second place honors particularly noteworthy.

Owl Magazine's print publication won an honorable mention for Two-Year Feature Magazine of the Year. The "Feel-Good" issue included a variety of personal stories and community news related to the theme of happiness. The Editor in Chief for the "Feel-Good" issue was Nick DeMent, and the Art Director was Caroline Cooney. Matt Tennyson acted as Content Advisor, while Julia Morris was the Technical Advisor for this issue. Claudia Brown acted as the Chief Advisor for the publication.

This marks the eighth year of the students publishing Owl Magazine, which features a variety of entertainment, community, opinion, political, sports, and fashion pieces. In the past seven years, Owl Magazine has won a total of 25 national awards.

Copies of the current issue of Owl Magazine are available on Harford Community College's campus and at numerous community locations such as high schools, libraries, restaurants, and businesses.

Readers can follow the nationally award-winning publication on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube (@OwlMagazine).

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