TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. - The Sierra Sun was rewarded recently in Las Vegas at the 2012 Nevada Press Association "Better Newspaper Contest" convention, earning several awards, including a trio of first-place nods for Community Editor Amy Edgett, Sports Editor Sylas Wright and former reporter Jason Shueh.
Edgett earned a top award for Best Feature Story, for "Max's Playground," her emotion-filled telling of the short life lived by Max Krieg - the little boy who died Dec. 2, 2010 - and the uplifting tale of the Truckee and Glenshire communities' collaborative support to build a playground in Max's honor.
NPA judges chose Edgett's story as the clear winner, commenting, "This article is so well written, so informative, so tactfully and beautifully written. It is head and shoulders above the competition ... This is an example of great story-telling."
Shueh, who left the Sun in December 2011, placed first for "Best News Feature Story" for his article "Prospering after prosperity," which tackled the topic of higher education and its worth and value in a modern era of increasing unemployment and skyrocketing student loan interest rates, all with local ties to Truckee/Tahoe.
Wright took top honors for Best Sports Photo for his image "Knocking Heads," a stunning image of North Tahoe's Liz Buhler and Truckee's Olivia Duner during a soccer game from September 2011.
"This photograph is wonderful!!! Great expressions and action. Great job," judges said.
Wright and Shueh also earned a second-place nod for "Best Business Feature" for their joint two-story package "Joining Forces," which included the business and local reaction angles of the Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows merger from 2011.
Lastly, the Sun received a first-place nod for "Best Special Section" for the 2011-12 winter edition of Tahoe Magazine - a publication jointly created by the Sun and its sister publications, the North Lake Tahoe Bonanza, Tahoe Daily Tribune and Lake Tahoe Action.
NPA member newspapers serve readers in Nevada and are awarded top honors in the state each year reporting, photography, graphic design, editorial writing, advertising and general excellence. This year's awards were for content created March 2011 through March 2012.
This year, the Sun was included in the "Intermediate" category, pitting itself against some of the state's equal-sized and larger papers, including the Nevada Appeal, Daily Sparks Tribune and Elko Daily Free Press.