The student newspaper of Bucks County Community College

The Centurion

The student newspaper of Bucks County Community College

The Centurion

The student newspaper of Bucks County Community College

The Centurion

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The Centurion Newspaper Staff Prove Their Talents Once Again in the Keystone Awards

Tony Rogers
Front row: Madison Kifolo, Raeanne Raccagno, Raymundo Varela-Urizar, Christian Grosso. Back row: Chris Lopez, Parker DeStefano, Daulton Parry, Jesse Fischer.

Bucks County Community College’s student newspaper, The Centurion, won a record 22 awards in the statewide 2024 Keystone journalism competition showcasing the myriad skills of students.

The Student Keystone Media Awards are administered by the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association. The contest acknowledges high school and college journalism’s relevance and virtue in serving their readers. The Centurion competes in Division III for two-year colleges.

Since 2010 The Centurion has won over 180 awards, making it one of the most-honored student student newspapers in Pennsylvania. This year was no different with the hardworking staff racking up 22 awards, including first place in various categories like general news, public service/enterprise reporting, sportswriting and video news. The awards were for work done in the spring and fall 2023 semesters.

Raeanne Raccagno, a 20-year-old journalism major and the editor-in-chief of The Centurion, said, “my biggest goal for the paper has been for us to cover a diverse range of topics. I communicated that with the staff and they answered with no problem. We added some new content to the paper as well this academic year like comics, more column writing and word games.”

Although their success speaks for itself, the paper is still trying to increase readership on campus. “I’m not sure if it’s cause students don’t expect there to be a paper newspaper, but most students will have no idea about us,” Raccagno said. “I always hear I want to hear about what’s going on at campuses and we’re the place to do that.”

“You don’t have to be a journalism major to be a part of the paper,” Raccagno added. “One of the most important aspects of news, in general, is highlighting all the perspectives involved. There are so many impressive departments with experienced professors on campus and they all deserve to have a story. So I would love to have more non-journalism majors.”

Tony Rogers, Bucks’ journalism professor and the newspaper’s faculty advisor said, “Between environmental contaminants being found in several campus buildings and the sudden resignation of the college’s president, this has been a tumultuous year at Bucks. Our students have covered all these events and many others with real professionalism, and I’m extremely proud of the work they’ve done.”

The Centurion website is located at www.bucks-news. com and on Instagram @centurion_bucks. Physical copies of the newspaper are located in blue newsboxes throughout campus. The Centurion is financially independent.

For more information or to join the club contact Raccagno through [email protected] or [email protected].

The awards will be presented during an awards luncheon on April 11 in Harrisburg. A complete list of the Centurion award winners:

  • General News First Place: Environmental Findings in Campus Buildings Spark Concerns and Class Changes, Raeanne Raccagno
  • General News Second Place: Bucks County DA Sues Social Media Firms, Raeanne Raccagno
  • Ongoing News Coverage First Place: Environmental Concerns On- and Off-Campus Christian Grosso, Leila Kelley & Raeanne Raccagno
  • Public Service/Enterprise Package First Place: Centurion Environmental Findings in Campus Buildings Spark Concerns and Class Changes, Raeanne Raccagno
  • Public Service/Enterprise Package Second Place: Forever Tainted – How PFAS Pollutes Some of Bucks County’s Drinking Water, Christian Grosso
  • Feature Story First Place: SEPTA Looks To Modernize Its Aging Public Transit System, Christian Grosso
  • Feature Story Honorable Mention: ‘Never Forget,’ A Trip To The 9/11 Memorial And Museum, Christian Grosso
  • Personality Profile First Place: Founder of Bucks’ Nursing Program Promotes Never-Ending Compassion, Raeanne Raccagno
  • Personality Profile Second Place: In the Wake of Ganther’s Resignation, New Bucks Provost Faces a Host of Problems, Madison Kifolo
  • Sports Story First Place: Bucks Women’s Basketball is Ready to Bounce Back After An Unsuccessful Last Season, Chris Lopez
  • Sports Story Second Place: Men’s Basketball Struggling; Looks to Make a Comeback, Chris Lopez
  • Sports Story Honorable Mention: Bucks Men’s Basketball Team Brings Home ESAC Championship Title, Raeanne Raccagno
  • Column First Place: Philadelphia 76ers Trade James Harden to LA Clippers; Take Me Out to The Ball Game; Bucks’ Softball Team Comes Back Swinging, Daulton Parry
  • Column Second Place: Attention Ghostface Fans… New “Scream” Video Game in Development; Zoo Wee Mama!; Hold on to Your Golden Ticket?! Raymundo “Ralph” Varela-Urizar
  • Review First Place: ZTSD Punk Bash Lights Up Fishtown, Colt Gunn
  • Cartoon/Graphic Illustration First Place: Dog Life parts 1, 2 and 3, Connor Sturza
  • Feature Photo First Place: Therapy Dogs Visit Bucks, Jesse Fischer
  • Photo Story First Place: ‘Never Forget,’ A Trip To The 9/11 Memorial And Museum, Christian Grosso
  • Website First Place: Raeanne Raccagno, Raymundo “Ralph” Varela-Urizar, Colin Riccardi, Megan Pizarro, Parker DeStefano & Christian Grosso
  • Video Story First Place: Septa Bus Route Changes, Christian Grosso
  • Video Story Second Place: Andy’s Brick Shop is Building Success, Parker DeStefano
  • Video Story Honorable Mention: Sixers Fans Excited About Playoffs, Evan Boyle