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By Aliyah El-Muhammad
CCC Journalism Program​

​Camden County College students won second and third place for web projects for two-year colleges in the New Jersey College Newspaper Contest sponsored by the New Jersey Press Foundation.​

​Marlee Neumann won second place and Rene Vettese won third place for their projects in the 2019-20 contest. The students produced the projects for journalism class assignments and for publication on CCC Times, the online source for news produced by students for students at Camden County College. The projects combined text, photos and graphics to tell stories.

Marlee Neumann won second place in the New Jersey College Newspaper Contest.

​The New Jersey Press Foundation announced the awards in March.

​Neumann won second place for Spreading positivity with Bella Polisi. In the project, Neumann profiles Polisi, a student who balances school, a job, hobbies and caring for her pets.

​​Neumann said she thought it was important to spread positivity over the internet, a place Neumann describes as sometimes very toxic.

“Winning second place at the New Jersey College Newspaper Contest was a happy surprise for me,” she said. “Receiving such recognition for my writing feels like a great accomplishment, as I hope to be a writer for film someday.”

​​Neumann’s project is at https://ccctimes.net/2019/04/04/spreading-positivity-with-bella-polisi/.

Rene Vettese won third place in the New Jersey College Newspaper Contest.

Vettese won third place for Student cherishes family, school and community. In the project, Vettese profiles Skyler Soukup, a mother of two children who maintains a 4.0 grade point average in college.

​Vettese said Soukup’s story motivated her to try harder in life and school.

“It feels good to win, especially at my college,” she said. “I couldn’t have done it without the help of my teachers.”

Vettese’s project is at https://ccctimes.net/2019/04/05/student-cherishes-family-school-and-community/.

This is the fifth consecutive year that Camden County College students have won awards for web projects in the New Jersey College Newspaper Contest.

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