Top honors in four events, including the 2017 Photo of the Year for Weeklies, were earned by The Grove Sun staff this past weekend during the 2018 Oklahoma Press Convention in Shawnee.

Managing Editor Kaylea M. Hutson-Miller received the 2017 Photo of the Year Award for weeklies, for her photograph of a World War II veteran receiving bedside recognition for his service. 

The photo, published in January 2017, was one of 12 photos of the month, considered for the honor. 

Additionally, Hutson-Miller earned first place honors for In-Depth Reporting for the April 2017 three-part series focusing on the Impact of Child Abuse in Delaware County.

The Grove Sun staff also received first place in Community Leadership for publishing that series, as well as the accompanying information for those needing help in an abused situation.

The same series recently won first place in the Public Service Reporting in the Oklahoma Associated Press News Executives contest in 2017. 

Hutson-Miller also received third place in the feature stories category, for her work on the story concerning Jon Arthur's trike wrapped in military memories, and third place for her feature photo "creative minds at work" for a photo of the Halloween event at Har-Ber Village.

Darin Hinman, The Grove Sun's sports editor, won first place in the Sports Story competition, for his work following Grove High School's Lady Red Softball Team's bid for the state championship.

Kelsy Schlothauer, who served as the paper's intern during the summer of 2017 won third place for her news story about 3-year-old Katelynn Miller's rollercoaster life with health issues, and second place for her feature story concerning Martin Ortega's celebration as he became an American citizen.

Bob Markham, who serves as the paper's lead designer, won second place honors for his front page design "Playing for Leads: Cold Cases."

Other honors included a second place finish for News Content, a third place finish for Layout and Design, a third place finish for Photography, and a third place finish for Large Space Ads.

Additionally, The Grove Sun came in fourth for the Sequoyah Award for Division 8: Semi-, Twin- or Tri-Weekly Division. The Sequoyah is the highest honor given to newspapers in the OPA Better Newspaper Contest.

It is determined by the amount of points accumulated in eight of the contests's 20 categories: News Content, Layout & Design, Advertising, Editorial Writing, Photography, Sports Coverage, Sales Promotion and Community Leadership.

"Winning these awards are a testament to the hard work of the staff at The Grove Sun," said Cheryl Franklin, publisher for both The Grove Sun and The Delaware County Journal. "I'm proud of my staff's dedication to producing quality community journalism."

Sister Publication Awards

• Delaware County Journal

The Delaware County Journal, also managed by Hutson-Miller, won first place for Editorial Writing and third place for News Content and Large Ad Space.

Hutson-Miller also won first place for her column "Bits & Pieces," second place for her feature photo, Memorial Day, and second place for her sports photo from Jay's 2017 DelCo Bowl win.

Marea Breedlove, who serves as a photographer for the Delaware County Journal, received first place for her sports photograph from a Jay Bulldog's basketball game. 

• The Miami News Record

The Miami News Record staff first place for News Content, second place for Layout & Design and third place for Advertising.

Managing Editor Dorothy Ballard also won first place for Editorial Writing, as well as second place for Column Writing, while Associate Editor Melinda Stotts won third place for In-Depth Reporting.

Complete results of the 2017 Oklahoma Press Better Newspaper Contest awards may be found here: www.okpress.com/2017-contest-winners