More than 100 entries were received, with 96 awards being presented in 32 categories (a full list of winners is available here). Participating institutions included: North Dakota State University; University of North Dakota; Minot State University; University of Jamestown; and Minnesota State University Moorhead.
A new feature of the contest this year was the addition of sweepstakes prize winners. Points were designated for each place, based on how many total entries were received in each category. A $100 cash prize was awarded to the student with the most points, while $50 was given to the student who had the second-most points. Josie Gereszek from MSUM earned the $100 prize, and Onize Ohikere earned the $50 prize.
Other significant changes that have been made to the contest in recent years include the option to submit entries digitally as well as payment through an online store. Fees were also increased this year to help offset the cost of offering online payment.
The 2016 Marion J. Piper Scholarship recipient also was recognized at the lunch. Rebekah Aanerud from NDSU earned the $500 scholarship based on the quality of her essay, clarity in future career plans and involvement in extracurricular activities.
The luncheon was held at Eide Bailly and sponsored by Forum Communications Company.
The annual college communications contest is open to any student enrolled in at least a two-year college or university in North Dakota or Moorhead, Minn. Judges from the profession critique entries and provide students with feedback.
Third Vice President, College Contest